Phi Theta Kappa Wins Regional Spirit Award

Academic Honors Society achieves 4 stars
By UW-Washington County

Officers in UW-Washington County’s academic honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, traveled to LaCrosse recently to accept the Spirit Award for their local Chi-Chi chapter. The Spirit Award is awarded to one chapter in the Wisconsin Region that has shown tremendous growth in the previous year. Linda Duffy, regional coordinator, chose the UW-WC chapter, and stated that “the basis for the selection is usually growth in the Five Star Chapter Plan and participation in the Society’s programming, along with connectivity to the Region.” Duffy noted that UW-WC’s chapter achieved four stars on the Five Star Chapter Plan this year, competed an Honors in Action project and attended its first regional convention.

Duffy noted that the UW-WC students she met with were “quite motivated and interested in growing your chapter’s involvement on a regional and international level.”  Duffy believes the group will leave a strong framework behind for the next group of incoming officers.

 In addition to a plaque and sign, one PTK member receives free admission (regularly $895) to attend the national conference at Washington University in St.Louis. The week-long seminar is the “ultimate” gathering for bright, engaged, honor students.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two year college students. To achieve this, the national organization provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service as well as an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals. To qualify for membership, students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits and earn at least a 3.5 semester GPA and a 3.35 cumulative GPA.

The advisor of UW-WC’s PTK club is Talitha Selby, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Officers include: Tom Klein, President; Sarah Aeschliman, Vice-President; April Wagner, Treasurer and Angie Laing, Secretary.

To learn more about the PTK honors institute, visit







Dr. Talitha Selby, PTK Advisor