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Redlands Students win top honors at Phi Theta Kappa Regional Conference

Redlands Community College students, advisors and administrators participated in the Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention on April 3-4 at the University of Arkansas at Ft. Smith.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters, in each state of the United States, U.S. Territories, British Virgin Islands, Marshall Islands, Canada, Germany, Federated States of Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Palau and Peru.

The Redlands Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, Alpha Beta Upsilon, earned the following Regional awards: Five Star Chapter, Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team, Most Distinguished Chapter Officer was Emily Platt, Top 3 Distinguished Chapter Member was Emilee Peterson, Top 5 Honors in Action Project in Region, Top 5 College Project in Region, Top 5 Distinguished Chapter, Travel Award for the most miles traveled and Top Honors in Action Best Project on Theme Four.

“The thing about winning awards, especially first place, at the Regional and International level of Phi Theta Kappa is that we are competing not against other community college students in general, but against other chapters of our honor society. The members of the officer team have to manage their own lives and their grades and still find time to work together to do their additional scholarly, leadership, service and fellowship activities. 2015 marks the fifth year in a row that our officer team has placed first in the Oklahoma/Arkansas Region and in the Top 30 of the Society as a whole,” said Phi Theta Kappa Advisor James Mauldin.

During the awards ceremony, the Phi Theta Kappa Regional officers honored Mr. Mauldin with a PowerPoint and testimonials about the importance of his contribution to Oklahoma and Arkansas Phi Theta Kappa. Mr. Mauldin will be retiring as a Regional Coordinator in May.

Former Redlands student Bert Bailey and his band members provided the music for the event. The students enjoyed the chance to dance and relax after the conclusion of the Regional Conference.

According to Phi Theta Kappa advisor Melissa Crouch, “I am extremely proud of Alpha Beta Upsilon and its students! They work hard as individuals, but more importantly, they consistently come together as a team to accomplish more together than the sum of each of them alone. I consider myself lucky to work with them. I enjoy watching them grow as scholarly, servant leaders and can’t wait to see what they do next.”

Redlands students will next be traveling to the International Conference in San Antonio, Texas where they will network with their peers and be considered for international honors.

For more information contact Amanda Evert, Associate Vice President for Communications and Research, 405.422.1445 or