Phi Theta Kappa

Christina Roca

Cerritos College has a club dedicated to helping students succeed in their academic life, while staying involved with their peers and the community: Beta Alpha Beta. This is a chapter of an international honors society for community colleges called Phi Theta Kappa.

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa carries much prestige. Many four-year colleges and universities look at a studentís membership in this club as a sign of academic excellence.

Aside from looking good on a college application, PTK offers scholarships exclusively to its members. A point system keeps track of the time members dedicate to the club and its activities. These points are later counted for specific scholarship prerequisites.

This year the club’s focus is on health. The club is sponsoring Aids Walk and Cancer Walk. A yoga instructor will be coming to campus and will spend time teaching PTK members yoga.

The club not only focuses on academics, but also on having fun and being involved in the community. Members go to conferences outside of California, and in the past have had the real “Patch Adams” as a guest speaker.

To join, potential members must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average. The cost of membership is $65, a one-time fee. Students who have this GPA should be getting an invitation in the mail within the next two weeks, along with an application. If this letter is not received, students are advised to go to the club’s orientation.

Orientation will be Sept. 24 from 11 a. m. to noon and Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p. m. at the stage area of the Student Center. Applications will be available at orientation.

The club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, and has day and night meetings.

Devi Phat, the club president said, “I encourage everyone to join a club, whether it be PTK or any other. This is your opportunity to excel in the community and be a leader.”