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Alpha Nu Zeta Chapter hosts Kentucky Regional Honors in Action and Leadership Conference at BSCTC

PTK students enjoyed spending time at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium during the Kentucky Regional Honors in Action and Leadership Conference.

The Alpha Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) recently hosted the Kentucky Regional Honors in Action and Leadership Conference in October.

PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, particularly community colleges and junior colleges which has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters.

The Alpha Nu Zeta chapter at BSCTC began in 1987 at then Prestonsburg Community College under the direction of mathematics professor Hassan Safari and Dr. William Graves.  In 1994, long time psychology faculty, Dr. William Loftus joined the chapter and retired from being an advisor in 2013.  The chapter has been very successful through the years and was recently being named Chapter of the year for the Kentucky region in 2017 with numerous honors and awards.  Dr. Loftus was honored at the conference with the Honorary Stole of Advisor Emeritus. Betty Hunt Montgomery, was asked by his family to accept the award on their behalf. Montgomery, a former student of Dr. Loftus also served as Alpha Nu Zeta chapter president.

The Kentucky Region Action in Honors Conference often acts as a catalyst to bring new and old members together to discuss best practices in Honors in Action and College projects as well as leadership, scholarship and service. PTK members from Elizabethtown CTC, Bluegrass CTC, Somerset CTC, Madisonville CTC and Big Sandy attended the conference.  Attendees were welcomed to campus by Dr. Sherry Zylka, BSCTC President and CEO.  Jared Arnett, Executive Director of SOAR and Jim Caldwell, WYMT meteorologist served as guess speakers.  Two members of the Kentucky regional alumni association were in attendance and Melissa Price, a national headquarters representative in Mississippi gave an update on the society.