Marshalltown – Thirty new members were inducted into Marshalltown Community College’s Alpha Iota Rho Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the two-year college on Oct. 23. The Phi Theta Kappa organization recognizes academic achievement at the community college level. The MCC Chapter requires members to have completed at least 12 semester hours in a two-year degree program, be currently enrolled, attended the previous semester, and have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Dr. Chris Russell, Dean of Students and Academic Affairs, welcomed guests and congratulated students for their accomplishments. MCC Provost Dr. Robin Lilienthal also congratulated the inductees and introduced English Professor P.J. Colbert for a message from the faculty. The guest speaker was Sally Wilson, Professor of Biology at MCC. She talked about how ‘grit’ and ‘pluck’ are the keys to success in college and in the real world, and how research shows that community college students have more grit than the average student. “Studies show that community college graduates rate as high as PhD graduates when it comes to having grit.” She defined ‘grit’ as “sticking with things for the long term until you master them.” She also added that, “Of all the students I’ve taught over the years, I have enjoyed the community college students the most.” Chapter President Cynthia Grimm conducted the ceremony with the assistance of chapter advisors Pele Waddilove and Renaie Hutzel. Waddilove and Hutzel met and congratulated each inductee on stage as they signed their name, received their PTK sash and lit their candle. Students who accepted membership were acknowledged at the fall induction ceremony on Oct. 23. Inductees, listed by hometown, are: Colfax – Adonis Vander Schel, Nursing. Conrad – Claire Anderson, Liberal Arts. Gladbrook – Samantha Mowrey, Nursing. Grinnell – Victoria Collins, Education; Josie Walker, Liberal Arts. Laurel – Nathan Dixon, Business; John Bloom, Machine Tool Technology. LeGrand – Carolyn Boozell, Liberal Arts; Abby Thede, Liberal Arts. Marshalltown – Ashley Ebersole, Nursing; Mandy Fox, Computer Sciences; Kathy Holtsclaw, Art; Ana Maria Huerta Lemus, Psychology; Therese Kuhlman, Liberal Arts; Brianna Laughlin, Liberal Arts; Winston Mulder, Mechanical Engineering; John Oxley, Art; Robert Propp, Information Technology; Maria Rangel, Business; Olivia Smith, Liberal Arts; Ashley Worsfold, Nursing. Montour – Paige Eberhart, Nursing. Springville – Carrie Spencer, Nursing. State Center – Paul Lyall, Criminal Justice; Leah Plath, Liberal Arts. Tama – Christopher Giesler, Undecided. Thayer – Jacklyn Bear, Liberal Arts. Toledo – Angela Hahn-Popelka, Accounting; Kelsey Kupka, Nursing. Athens, WI – Tanya Literski, Biology.
Fall 2012 Marshalltown Community College Phi Theta Kappa Inductees. Shown left to right, front row: Jacklyn Bear of Thayer, Ashley Worsfold of Marshalltown, Kelsey Kupka of Toledo, Paige Eberhart of Montour, Ashley Ebersole of Marshalltown, Ana Maria Huerta Lemus of Marshalltown, Brianna Laughlin of Marshalltown, Josie Walker of Grinnell. Second row: Paul Lyall of State Center, Leah Plath of State Center, Olivia Smith of Marshalltown, Claire Anderson of Conrad, Therese Kuhlman of Marshalltown, Kathy Holtsclaw of Marshalltown, Samantha Mowrey of Gladbrook, Winston Mulder of Marshalltown, Carrie Spencer of Springville, Abby Thede of LeGrand. Back row: John Bloom of Laurel, Nathan Dixon of Laurel, John Oxley of Marshalltown, Adonis Vander Schel of Colfax. Not pictured are Carolyn Boozell of LeGrand, Victoria Collins of Grinnell, Mandy Fox of Marshalltown, Christopher Giesler of Tama, Angela Hahn-Popelka, Tanya Literski of Athens, WI, Robert Propp of Marshalltown, Maria Rangel of Marshalltown.