Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members, Recognized at PTK Day

Submitted by Holly R. Schultheis, advisor of PTK local chapter Alpha Delta Mu

From left, Samantha Burkholder, Atlantic Cape PTK honoree; Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs; Holly R. Schultheis, advisor of PTK for Atlantic Cape; and Thomas W. Branin, Atlantic Cape PTK honoree, at PTK Day, May 7, in Trenton.

From left, Samantha Burkholder, Atlantic Cape PTK honoree; Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs; Holly R. Schultheis, advisor of PTK for Atlantic Cape; and Thomas W. Branin, Atlantic Cape PTK honoree, at PTK Day, May 7, in Trenton.

Family and friends watched 121 new Phi Theta Kappa members inducted into the local chapter, Alpha Delta Mu, May 6, in the Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus.

Speakers for the ceremony included opening remarks by Dr. Peter L. Mora; former Middle States New Jersey president and current vice president of the PTK alumni association, Courtney Rice; and Gabriella Mayorga, chapter president 2012-13. Courtney received a national recognition at the PTK International Convention this year in San Antonio for her work with Alpha Delta Mu as an alum. Additionally, Gabriella, former chapter president of Alpha Delta Mu, spoke about her journey to receive her bachelor’s degree from Stockton University this May, and the impact that her time in PTK has had on her life.  

New officers for 2015-16 were installed: Raul Mori, chapter president; MaryKate Fresh, recording secretary; and Joseph Merlo, vice president of fellowship. Outgoing president Thomas W. Branin conducted the oaths of office. Cake and refreshments were served, and a fun giveaway  for all attendees rounded out the evening.

The following day, a few PTK members attended the annual PTK Day festivities in Trenton. This is an annual event sponsored by the state Education Administration, NJEA, PTK and other supporters.

Thomas W. Branin speaks  to all attendees from the podium in the assembly room of the Senate building during at PTK Day, May 7.

Thomas W. Branin speaks to all attendees from the podium in the assembly room of the Senate building during at PTK Day, May 7.

Thomas Branin, All-State Coca Cola Silver Scholar; Nathan Ein, All-State Coca Cola team member, and Samantha Burkholder were the honored attendees from Atlantic Cape Community College, accompanied by Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs, and Holly R. Schultheis, advisor of PTK for the college. Only 40 honorees from community colleges around the state were invited to this prestigious occasion.

Thomas was honored  for his academic achievements and also his involvement in the PTK C4 advisory board, as well as the state of New Jersey Student Success Committee, and was one of three Coca Cola Silver Scholars for New Jersey. After being introduced by Dr. Levy, he was given the opportunity  to speak  to all attendees from the podium in the assembly room of the senate building. Quite impressive! Both Nathan and Thomas received medals for their accomplishments and signed documents by the governor and assembly body.

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