International Honor Society at ASU Mid-South inducts new members

22 join group at special ceremony

By Don Threm ASU Mid-South

Arkansas State University Mid-South’s Beta Epsilon Psi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducted 22 new members during its fall semester ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 5. Chapter members Kelly Lancaster of West Memphis (president), Brenda Lancaster of Crawfordsville (secretary), and Tonya Wallace of West Memphis conducted the ceremony. Faculty Advisor Erin Gordon provided the welcome, and Faculty Advisor Dr. Michael Lejman offered final remarks. ASU Mid-South inductees for fall 2015 (listed by home towns) include the following: EARLE – Jacquisa Pugh and Obiria Rogers; HORSESHOE LAKE – Amy Miller; MARION – Triston Banks, Ajiana Boykins, Imani Brown, Amelia Butler, Jessica Cain, Katie Daniels, Cesar Gomez, Natalie Holleman, and Madeline Pace; WEST MEMPHIS – Tammy Anderson, Carey Charlton, Emma Gadberry, Rachel Heideman, Nancy Huff, Kelly Lancaster, Christina Ollison, Malik Reed, Emily Southern, and Katerina Voigt. Chartered in the spring of 1997, ASU Mid-South’s chapter includes academic- and service-oriented students with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher in at least 12 hours of course work leading to an associate degree. ASU Mid-South members participate in a variety of projects to benefit the campus and the community. The most recent effort includes providing Christmas presents for deserving youngsters at Faulk, Jackson, and Weaver elementary schools in West Memphis. Phi Theta Kappa, which emphasizes wisdom, aspiration, and purity, has recognized two?year college scholars since 1918. Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. In the early years, Phi Theta Kappa membership was conferred to students at time of graduation and few programs and services were offered. The explosive growth of community colleges in the 1960s led the organization to expand its mission to reflect the nurturing philosophy of the institutions it served. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, the organization is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,275 chapters on college campuses located in 50 United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Germany, the British Virgin Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the United Arab Emirates. Phi Theta Kappa is the only internationally-acclaimed honor society serving institutions with associate degree programs and is recognized as the official honor society for two-year institutions by the American Association of Community Colleges. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since the society’s founding with approximately 135,000 students joining annually. For information about Phi Theta Kappa or other honor/service organizations as well as ASU Mid-South education and training programs, visit the college at 2000 West Broadway in West Memphis, call (870) 733-6728, email, or see the website at


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