Phi Theta Kappa and the College Life Exploration Center

Phi Theta Kappa


College Life Exploration Center (CLEC) Rm 308

Executive Board 2018-2019
President: (Fall Term) Nick Shininger, (Spring Term) Lisa Flynn
Vice President: (Fall Term) Lisa Flynn, (Spring Term) Nick Shininger
Executive Director: Sydnie Albert
Treasurer: Nora Nuhiji
Public Relations: Nick Theisen
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 UWM at Washington County 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
  • UWM at Washington County transcript stamped "Member of Phi Theta Kappa"
CLEC Coordinator
Mental Health | Career 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 UWM at Washington County 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 UWM at Washington County 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 UWM at Washington County 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 & Career Counselor, Michelle Henderson.

PTK Peer Mentor is a UWM at Washington County 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 training 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.


PTK club-2017

2016-2017 PTK Members

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2017-2018 PTK Members

2018-2019 PTK Members photo Coming Soon!

Meet your current PTK | CLEC Peer Mentors...

Major: Statistics/Physics
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Transferring to UW-Madison in the Fall, 2020
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I feel as though it's important to help others to achieve their goals and to help them keep a positive energy throughout their life.
Random Fact about me: I suppose my primary hobby / passion would be photography. 
Major: Exploring
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Considering East Carolina University
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I'm interested in being a Peer Mentor because my hope is to learn and grow as an individual and student while helping and supporting others along their own educational path here at UWM at Washington County. As a Peer Mentor, I'm also interested in connecting with others throughout campus.
Random Fact about me: Since the early age of four, I have been riding horses. As I've grown up, I continue to pursue my passion as an equestrian. I've dabbled in both Western and English disciplines, but I'm currently focusing on exploring Dressage with my 15-hand registered (APHA) paint mare, "Coco Bean". I'm always looking for new places to ride and fun clinics to join, and would love suggestions from fellow riders! 
Major: Sustainability Management
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Transferring to UW-River Falls
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I have a lot of philosophical ideas and I am a very motivational person! I enjoy helping others to succeed!
Random Fact about me: I have alot of philosophies and I am a very motivational person. I also enjoy helping others to succeed!
Major: Design, minor in French
Plans after UWM at Washington County: 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.
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I love to lead people while still making activities fun! I like to think I could do that too with academics in the CLEC!
Random Fact about me: My passion is art, design, theatre, and traveling. I speak French and wish to learn Italian and German. I love watching movies and making desserts. I've been to France, Switzerland, and Canada and dream of traveling to Ireland and the U.K. in the near future.
Major: Undecided
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Undecided
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I want to help other people on the college journey!
Random Fact about me: I love to act and sing!
Major: Civil Engineering
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Transferring to UW-Platteville
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I am pretty good at relating to people from all walks of life and I love to help people!
Random Fact about me: I have been skydiving and loved it! I am going to Utah for an Internship this summer!
Major: Education or Business
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Transferring to UW-Whitewater
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: This is something I remember hearing about on a tour before I was a freshman. It's something that I wanted to be a part of, but I didn't know how much until now.
Random Fact about me: I'm extremely enthusiastic about weightlifting and exercise and I love writing!

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