Phi Theta Kappa and the College Life Exploration Center

Phi Theta Kappa


College Life Exploration Center (CLEC) Rm 308

Executive Board
President: Emory Salberg
Vice President: Donald Christianson
Secretary: Mary Greuel
Treasurer: Arber Shehu
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 conductive 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 3.3 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, check out the Phi Theta Kappa website for more information, contact a current member, or contact the Faculty Advisor, Professor Chris Yogerst.  

Meeting dates are Thursdays at 12pm 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 Appel, MAC PCTL

Located on 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.


Registration Form 

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 9am and 5pm 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 the 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

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: Mechanical Engineering
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Milwaukee
Random Fact about me: Hello everyone! I am the treasurer of PTK Honors Club, and the Executive Director for the Student Government Association. I also work as a math tutor in the Learning Commons. I like to talk and help everyone! If you ever have any questions about your college journey, please don't hesitate to ask.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Platteville
Random Fact about me: I like to work on race cars in my free time.
Major: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Milwaukee
Random Fact about me: I work at the world leader in advanced lighting, JW Speaker Corp. I work and practice with mechanical engineers and the sales and marketing departments under the directors of the company. We offer internships year-round for marketing, sales, and of course, engineering. Secondly, aside from being the President of UW-WC's Honor's Society, I am also the head of Public Relations for the UW-WC Student Government Association. So, if you have any questions or comments about your college life here at UW-WC, please find me in the CLEC during my Mentor Hours!
Major: Undecided; considering Psychology
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Milwaukee
Random Fact about me: When I have the time, I enjoy trap/sport clay shooting and dirt-biking!
Major: Finance/Accounting
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Madison or UW Milwaukee and then become the Most Interesting Man in the World and spokesman for Dos Equis
Random Fact about me: I am a fantasy football savant!
Major: Communications
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Milwaukee
Random Fact about me: I like music and books and books about music!
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Platteville
Random Fact about me: My favorite movie is Shrek2!
Major: Film Studies
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Milwaukee
Random Fact about me: I am the President of SGA, Secretary of PTK, and I work in the Library! If you have any questions regarding clubs and student involvement, hit me up! If you also have questions regarding anything library or research related, I can help you with that too. Sour gummy worms are my fav, and TV series and movie talk are a must with me!
Major: Elementary Education
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Platteville
Random Fact about me: I have traveled overseas to Ireland, Italy, and England. 
Major: Biochemistry
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Madison
Random Fact about me: I love Martial Arts!
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Plans after UW-WC: Transferring to UW Milwaukee
Random Fact about me: I play on the UW-WC Soccer Team!
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