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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Alpha Delta Pi Collects Regional, International Honors

Alpha Delta Pi Collects Regional, International Honors

Brookhaven College honor students earn a large number of awards, but the key to their success isn’t brain-enhancing water. It’s fantastic students and supportive staff.

Brookhaven College’s Alpha Delta Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society of two-year college students, received top honors at both the Texas regional convention March 8-11 and international convention April 12-15.

In recognition of student support, one faculty member and three college administrators also earned honors.

At the regional convention, Sheri Van Court, ESOL professor and chapter advisor, earned the Horizon Award and was honored with an engraved brick in the Alpha Courtyard at the International Headquarters in Jackson, Miss.

Roger Bennett, vice president of academic affairs and student success, received the Distinguished Administrator Award at the international convention and was entered into the international Phi Theta Kappa Administrator Hall of Honor. He received his award in front of more than 4,000 participants from around the world, Sheri said.

Dr. Thom Chesney, college president, and George Herring, vice president of business services, were also recognized for their dedication to the chapter, earning entry into the Texas Hall of Honor.

As a chapter, Alpha Delta Pi made a big impression at the regional convention, earning the coveted 2011-2012 Texas Top Chapter Award, along with the Pinnacle; Five Star Chapter Development; College Project C4 Participation; and Honors in Action – Distinction of Economy and Business awards.

The chapter also was successful at the international convention in Nashville, Tenn., earning the Distinguished Honors-in-Action Award and Distinguished Award for the "Issue 6" of the Honors-in-Action category. Alpha Delta Pi was also recognized as one of PTK’s top 100 chapters of 1,400.

Michael Navarro, student chapter representative and District II vice president, was named Best District Vice President in the Texas Region and entered into the regional Hall of Honors. At the international convention convocation ceremony, Michael was chosen to carry the Texas flag. Diana Abou-Saleh, vice president of scholarship, earned the Outstanding Officer award, and Jamie Baadsgaard, vice president of communications, earned the Outstanding Member award.

A Friend of Texas award was given to John Paul Bynum, husband of Vice President of Service Carol Williamson.

Be sure to congratulate Sheri, her students, Roger and all who support them on a job well done!