Phi Theta Kappa and the College Life Exploration Center

Phi Theta Kappa


College Life Exploration Center (CLEC) Rm 308

Executive Board 2017-18
President: Alexis Fellenz
Vice President: Rachel Uhren
Secretary: Kathryn Flynn
Treasurer: Vanessa Sawatze 
Public Relations: Ellen Scott
Executive Board elect 2018-2019
Vice President:
Public Relations: 
Faculty Advisor:  Chris Yogerst

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for two-year colleges offering associate programs. PTK has chapters in more than 900 two-year colleges, inducting more than 50,000 students annually.

PTK  bases all programs on its four hallmarks: Scholastics, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. In addition to recognizing and promoting scholastic achievement, PTK also provides members opportunities for leadership development; encourages members to conduct service projects for the benefit of the college and the community; and fosters an atmosphere conducive to scholarly fellowship.

Membership Qualification Criteria

Students enrolled in 12 or more credits at UW-WC during the semester in which they qualify for membership must earn at least a 3.0 semester GPA and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Any students meeting this criteria for membership will be invited to attend informational meetings once classes begin.

Join PTK!

To join PTK, attend one of the club meetings, contact a current member, or contact the Faculty Advisor, Professor Chris Yogerst.  

Meeting dates are Thursdays at 12 p.m. in Room 308, the College Life Exploration Center!

Benefits of Membership

Each newly inducted member receives:

  • Golden Key of Phi Theta Kappa membership pin
  • Membership certificate and wallet identification card
  • Membership Manual
  • Scholarship Directory that includes a list of scholarships specifically designated for PTK members
  • One year's subscription to the Golden Key newsletter
  • Automatic listings of the National Dean's List
  • Complimentary copy of 3.5 PLUS Annual Journal
  • UW-WC transcript stamped "Member of Phi Theta Kappa"
CLEC Coordinator
Mental Health Counselor, Michelle Henderson MAC PCTL

Located on the 3rd floor in Room 308, the College Life Exploration Center (CLEC ) offers many valuable resources to currently registered students including Peer Mentoring by PTK members, a study space, computers/printer, the Mental Health Counseling office, academic advising, and career exploration resources.

Mission Statement:  

The mission of the College Life Exploration Center (CLEC) is to assist current UW-WC students in a peer-to-peer mentor/mentee style on issues regarding both academics and their personal life.

What is a Peer Mentor?  

Balancing school and work with the rest of life’s responsibilities becomes increasingly difficult, we want to help!  The College Life Exploration Center (CLEC) offers UW-WC students an opportunity to work with a peer apprentice that is willing to assist other members of their cohort in a number of ways.  Peer mentoring can cover anything not currently offered by the Learning Commons Tutoring Center, including deciding on a major, figuring out the whole 'college thing', job applications, referral to resources available on campus, etc.

The CLEC peer mentors are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Room 308. There is more information about each Mentor below! The CLEC is a drop-in center that provides regular and consistent services that are not limited to academics. It is a partnership between the UW-WC PTK Club and the Mental Health Counseling Office. For matters regarding PTK, please see the club advisor, Professor Chris Yogerst, and for other matters outside the scope of mentoring, please contact the CLEC Coordinator/Mental Health Counselor, Michelle Appel.

PTK Peer Mentor is a UW-WC student in good academic standing who has proven they can manage their time wisely. Members of PTK are all eligible to be peer mentors. Each mentor outside of PTK must be approved by PTK and must maintain a minimum semester and cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and complete the interviewing process with the CLEC Coordinator and/or the PTK Advisor. Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor? Print, complete, and turn in the Mentor Application to the CLEC Director in Room 308 and you will be contacted for an interview.



PTK club-2017

PTK members  PTK members


Meet your PTK Peer Mentors...

Major: Pre-Veterinary
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Madison
Random Fact about me: I love to draw!
Major: Elementary Education
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Madison
Random Fact about me: My favorite show is The Office, and my brother's name is actually 'Michael Scott'.
Major: Music with emphasis in Choral Education, minoring in Vocal Performance
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Eau Claire
Random Fact about me: I am in four different choirs, a musical and hold a part-time job in Human Resources. I am also the PTK Secretary and looking forward to another phenomenal year with an awesome group of people in PTK!
Major: Sustainability Management
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW River Falls
Random Fact about me: I have alot of philosophies and I am a very motivational person. I also enjoy helping others to succeed!
Major: Communicative Disorders
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Stevens Point
Random Fact about me: I am a Classical Ballerina and just got 'On Point'! Also...I know the three little pigs in Old English!
Major: Design, minor in French
Plans after UW-WC: I don't have any concrete transfer plans but I am searching for a college with exciting theatrical arts, a strong fine arts program, and study abroad opportunities.
Random Fact about me: A random fact about me is that I've been to France, Switzerland, and Canada and dream of traveling to Ireland and the U.K. in the near future.
Major: Biology
Plans after UW-WC: 
Random Fact about me: I want to help students become more comfortable with the transition to college!
Major: Undecided
Plans after UW-WC: Undecided
Random Fact about me: I love to act and sing!
Major: Civil Engineering
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Platteville
Random Fact about me: I have been skydiving and loved it! I am going to Utah for an Internship this summer!
Major: UW Platteville Collaborative with UW-WC in Electrical Engineering
Plans after UW-WC: Work in the engineering field.
Random Fact about me: I like camping and volunteering with my son's Scout Troop. I am a non-traditional, returning student. I am married with 4 kids, 3 cats, a bearded dragon, and a Beta named 'Tesla'!

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.  ~C.S. Lewis

Whether you think you can, or think you can't... you're right!  ~Henry Ford


                      PTK Induction - April 2017










           PTK and CLEC members participate in
                  Earth Day Clean Up - April 2017