El Reno, Okla. - - Redlands Community College Alpha Beta Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently broke ground on their "Setting Phi Theta Kappa in Stone" project, which serves as both a beautification and fundraising project. Chapter officers sold personalized bricks engraved with the Greek letters Phi Theta Kappa and the names of members and friends of the chapter.
The project was started in 2011 with the first orders being placed. The bricks were installed along a high traffic sidewalk on the main campus of Redlands. Chapter Advisor, Melissa Crouch, said, "The bricks will stand as a perpetual monument to Phi Theta Kappa, its members, and its community supporters." There have been 38 bricks sold to date. The breaking of ground and placing of the bricks started on Dec. 16 and continued on Jan. 22.
James Mauldin, Oklahoma/Arkansas Regional Phi Theta Kappa Coordinator and Chapter Advisor said, "It was great to get started putting the first batch in the ground. Officers and members were out there digging, tamping down the gravel base and installing the bricks. They actually found that they were having fun and it only took about two hours."
The Redlands chapter is using the project for one of their Hallmark Awards entries. According to the Phi Theta Kappa website the Hallmark Awards Program, which reflects the scholarly ideals of Phi Theta Kappa, recognizes superior individual and chapter achievement in Society programs.
Marianne Grape, President of Alpha Beta Upsilon Phi Theta Kappa of Redlands Community College, said, "I think our work as a chapter has really paid off. Not only are we making Phi Theta Kappa recognized, but we are beautifying our campus at the same time. I hope that this will raise awareness of our organization, and will help students strive to become part of the fantastic things we have going on at this college now, and in the future. Being a member is not just for smart people. It is for anyone who strives to be their very best."
Phi Theta Kappa stated it plans on continuing the "Setting Phi Theta Kappa in Stone" project for years to come. The funds raised from the project will be used to cover costs from the beautification project as well as supplement costs associated with other aspects of the program, including traveling to conventions and other leadership opportunities.