New Phi Theta Kappa members honored in ceremony

WCC’s newest members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for community college students.

WCC’s newest members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for community college students.

Thirty-three of the college’s best and brightest were inducted April 30 into WCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for community college students with more than 1,100 chapters worldwide.

“(The chapter) fosters a spirit of devotion to study,” said advisor and history instructor Ryan Koo. “Its principles are embodied in the Greek letters, which stand for wisdom, aspiration and purity.”

Co-advisor Lance Uyeda addressed the crowd of inductees and their families. “Remember that he or she has been branded a ‘nerd,’ which is great,” he said.

“In a college setting, at least, the word ‘nerd’ means something unequivocally good. A nerd is passionate, conceptual and detailed.

“There are all kinds of uses for nerds, but the best is to make them your designated learners,” he added.

Uyeda went on to explain that being a designated learner means you are good at learning what you don’t know and sharing knowledge with others.

So, why should someone join Phi Theta Kappa? Benefits include being able to take WCC’s summer courses at a reduced tuition, volunteer opportunities and the chance to add luster to a resume.

To join, a student should have and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher and pay a one-time membership fee.

If you have completed 12 credits with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, you should receive an invitation in the mail asking you to join WCC’s chapter. Contact Koo at rkoo@hawaii.edu or Uyeda at lkuyeda@hawaii.edu for details.

by Tiffany Hayler, Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor