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: Serena Hitzelberger
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 | 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 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 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 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.



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2016-2017 PTK Members

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2017-2018 PTK Members

Meet your PTK | CLEC Peer Mentors...

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!

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