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.



Members of Phi Theta Kappa pose for picture with sabers
               Spring 2019 PTK Members
          C. Yogerst, Advisor - 2nd row left







Meet your current PTK | CLEC Peer Mentors...

Major: Bio/Science
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Transferring to UW Milwaukee/ UW Green Bay in 2019
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I want to be helpful and I have a lot of free time on Mondays and Wednesdays so being useful/doing something useful during that time would be awesome. Plus, the experience would be nice and I am always down to meet new people.
Random Fact about me: I collect crystals and have started a pin collection. I have a double-jointed pinky toe:) I like drawing, practicing tai chi, reading, and listening to music whenever possible. Animals are my life, especially dogs and bunnies! I am the President and Founder of the campus Environmental Club! Join us in room 305 every other Tuesday at noon!


Major: Statistics
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. Oh, and I have been known to have perfect posture!
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: Political Science
Plans after UWM at Washington County: UW Stevens Point or UWM or UW Madison, or UW Green Bay... not sure
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I am always in the CLEC and would like to help people.
Random Fact about me: I play the sousaphone! I won the middle school geography bee!
Major: Business
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Transferring to UW Whitewater
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: Journalism and Mass Communications
Plans after UWM at Washington County: Transferring to UW Madison
Why I want to be a Peer Mentor: I like helping people, and I like helping others to better themselves!
Random Fact about me: I am a nanny who loves coffee and journalism!

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-peer-mentors-at clubs day-2018
PTK Peer Mentors at Clubs’ Day!
l to r) Dallas, Nick S., Nick T., Sydney,
Breanna, and Serena (sitting)











WIldcat talk for PTK meeting
PTK Wildcat Talk

Therapy dog
Therapy dogs visit the CLEC!