Phi Theta Kappa Chapters win top awards at international convention

Phi Theta Kappa members from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College attended the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, April 5-9.  Students and advisers from the Jackson County, Jefferson Davis and Perkinston campuses and the George County Center attended the convention.

The Omicron Alpha Chapter at the Jefferson Davis Campus was recognized for being in the top 10 percent of the more than 1,300 chapters of the international community college honor society.  The chapter also received three awards: Distinguished Chapter Award, Distinguished Honors in Action Project award and the Distinguished Theme Awards Honors in Action. The chapter’s project involved collaborative work with the Coastal Plains Land Trust and the Environmental Protection Agency to restore an area at Henderson Point in Pass Christian.  The restored area will be sued for education about indigenous plants and animals of the Mississippi Coastal Plain.

The Pi Epsilon Chapter at the Jackson County Campus was recognized as one of the top 100 chapters in Phi Theta Kappa. The results are based on a summation of scores from Honors in Action and College Projects.  The team’s Honors in Action project was entitled “The Elephant in the Room” and it focused on breaking the negative stigmas associated with mental illnesses. The College project focused on getting students to meet with advisors for successful planning of course selection.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.