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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Phi Theta Kappa?
What are the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa?
What are the Scholarship initiatives?
What are the Service initiatives?
What is Project Graduation?
What is the local chapter?

Who We Are

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of the 2-year college.


Members participate in four areas of programs, the Hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Fellowship.



For the 2010-2012 school years, members are participating in scholarly discussion of our current honors study topic: "The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, Promise." During the fall, the local chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha, will be serving as a Host Site and will allow members, Butler students, invited National Honor Society students, and community members to particiapte in a series of Satellite Seminars focusing on the Honors Study Topic. The Satellite Seminars from the past 5 years are available on DVD for instructor use in the classroom as well as student use in discovering more about the honors study topic. They may be checked out from Susan Forrest. Contact her at sforrest@butlercc.edu. Past Satellite Seminars include the following topics:

Customs, Traditions and Celebrations: the human drive for community (2001-2002)

Dimensions and Directions in Health: choices in the maze (2002-2004)

Popular Culture: shaping and reflecting who we are (2004-2006)

"Gods, Gold, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power" (2006-2008)

The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challanges, Consequences (2008-2010)


Professional and Personal Development

In 2010, a new chapter in Phi Theta Kappa history was made with the start of the "Five Star Member Program" which is called "Competitive Edge". As a member (including new members, current members, alumni, and returning members), you can access this Professional and Personal Development program. We encourage all members to participate in this program by logging on to http://my.ptk.org and enter your username and password that you set up at the http://www.ptk.org website. If you do not have a username and password, you can request a temporary username and password with your email address (which was reported to Phi Theta Kappa and your Member ID.) If you do not know your member ID, please contact Chrissy Baker at ptk@butlercc.edu.

The first level takes you through Phi Theta Kappa's premiere website - CollegeFish.org (the "match.com" of transfer students and transfer institutions.) You will watch a video about CollegeFish.org and set up your profile which will match you with your ideal transfer institution and scholarships available. The more detailed the profile, the better the match. College Fish eliminates the need to purchase expensive College Guides like "Petersons" and others. This program will lead you through the transfer process and put deadlines on your calendar. You will also be notified by email when those deadlines are approaching. Institutions that are in your "Fish Bowl" will know that you are interested in transferring to their college/university. Therefore, you will most likely receive mail from prospective institutions.


Members are also challenged to participate in one of several international service initiatives: "Conquering Cancer" and "Project Graduation". Chapters are encouraged to focus, but not limit, community service efforts on the international initiatives. Through the Honors in Action and College Project programs, students will research issues in their community (some related to our honors study topic, some that are not related to the honors study topic.) From that research, members will work to try and solve or help solve some of the issues in their community and on their campus.

Conquering Cancer involves the Education, Advocacy, and Fundraising for the American Cancer Association. Since 2006, our chapter raised over $4000 for Relay For Life and started the Relay For Life of Butler Community College. In the past four years, over $100,000 has been raised by Butler Students at Relay for Life and now the Butler Cancer Cure Walk. We plan to participate in local Relay For Life events this summer as a team - to continue the fight against cancer.

Other service activities that our chapter has been involved with include: Walk America and Bikers for Babies (March of Dimes), Bowl For Kids' Sake (Big Brothers/ Big Sisters), Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Blood Drives, Adopt a Highway, and Race for the Cure (Susan G. Komen Foundation.)


Project Graduation: Feed a Body, Feed a Mind

Feed a Mind is an initiative that started in New Jersey a few years ago and has become a nationwied initiative. Graduates are given a chance to give back to the community by bringing a book or a canned good to their graduation ceremony. Families of graduates are also encouraged to participate. El Dorado Salvation Army Food Bank and local school libraries are the recipients of Alpha Phi Alpha's Project Graduation efforts. To learn more, click here: Project Graduatiuon To participate locally, or to get your school involved, contact us (ptk@butlercc.edu).


Alpha Phi Alpha

Members of the local chapter are inducted each fall and spring. To be eligible to join, you must be attending Butler Community College, have completed with a 3.5 GPA with a minimum of 12 hours at Butler Community College. Orientation sessions are held to give prospective memebers a better idea of what we are about and how to join. See flyers around campus, Pipeline announcements, and the Lantern for information on the current semester's orientation and induction dates.

Phi Theta Kappa Members spring 2010 induction

For questions or problems with the webpage, contact us at ptk@butlercc.edu