MCC-Penn Valley’s Dr. Joe Seabrooks leads list of our Phi Theta Kappa honorees

File Apr 08, 6 36 21 PMHumbled and honored is how the head of learning at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley describes a recent accolade.

Dr. Joe Seabrooks, president of MCC-Penn Valley, has received an award of national proportion. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) bestowed the prestigious Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction on Seabrooks at its annual convention in National Harbor, Md., on April 8.

“Working with the Upsilon Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has been a complete joy,” Seabrooks says. “I am so very thankful to have the opportunity to work with our amazing students and incredible advisers.” (It was a busy few days for Seabrooks on the awards circuit. See note below about his Love of Learning award from Phi Kappa Phi.)

The Gordon award is named for Phi Theta Kappa’s longest-serving board chair. College presidents and campus chief executive officers, nominated by their PTK chapter, are selected for this award.  Seabrooks was one of 21 college presidents/campus CEOs chosen this year.

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Dr. Joe Seabrooks with his family at the PTK convention in Maryland

But the annual PTK awards for the season don’t just end with Seabrooks. PTK has recognized administrators, faculty and students from across MCC campuses for awards this spring. Take a look at those honored from not just MCC-Penn Valley but also MCC-Blue River and MCC-Longview. (If you see these honorees on campus, thank them for their service!)

MCC-Penn Valley PTK Missouri regional awards:

  • Missouri Region Five Star Chapter Plan was presented to Upsilon Kappa for being a five-star chapter. This award is for PTK chapters who put the mission of the international honor society into action through five levels of engagement from local to regional and then regional to international.
  • Paragon Award for Advisors was presented to Dawinderpreet Brar: This award is given to advisors who make significant contributions to the growth of the individual members, serve as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encourage the chapter to be involved on the local, regional, and international level of the organization.
  • Glaux Award was presented to Yvette Sweeney: In Greek mythology, Glaucus (Glaux) is the owl of Athena. The owl is the symbol of wisdom and vigilance, and like the owl, recipients are the source of wisdom in our learning and are vigilant in conveying their knowledge to future generations.
  • Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Award was presented to Dawinderpreet Brar and Ashley Meyer: This award is presented to advisors who demonstrate an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities,  and enthusiasm for PTK’s hallmarks.
  • Icarus Award was presented to Upsilon Kappa: Sometimes projects don’t go the way we expect, and this award recognizes the efforts of the chapter in planning and implementing a project that didn’t achieve the expected outcome.

MCC-Blue River PTK Missouri regional awards:

  • 2015 Honors Case Study Challenge award was presented to the Alpha Pi Sigma Chapter. The Challenge provides chapters with the opportunity to supplement their Honors in Action research based on the Honors Study Topic, with the use of newspapers of varying viewpoints. The Challenge also provides members an enhanced learning experience through the use of newspapers and encourages them to stay abreast of current events.
  • Horizon Award was presented to Dee Mathison, speech and drama instructor.
  • Paragon Award for Advisors was presented to Stacey McMillian, math instructor.
  • Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Award was presented to Cheryl Winter, math instructor. She has been advising for 16 years at MCC and also attended MCC as a student.

MCC-Longview PTK Missouri regional awards:

  • Missouri Region Five Star Chapter Plan was presented to Kappa Tau for being a five-star chapter.
  • Three nominations for the Hallmark Award 
  • PTK members had a very busy semester. Students participated in a Skate Night Fundraiser, an Honor in Action Banquet, national and regional conferences, a Completing College Awareness Event, a Battered Women’s Resource Drive and a time management seminar, to name just a few.

About Phi Theta Kappa:

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than three million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, when it was founded by presidents of eight Missouri junior colleges for women.

Seabrooks’ “Love of Learning” award from Phi Kappa Phi:

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Dr. Joe Seabrooks accepting the Phi Kappa Phi “Love Of Learning” award

The University of Missouri-Kansas City chapter (#103) of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi honored Dr. Joe Seabrooks on April 10 for his Love of Learning (part of Phi Kappa Phi’s motto). Not to get your Greek mixed up, Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest all-discipline honor society, with more than 300 chapters in the US, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.  PKP named Seabrooks an Honorary Member, with a lifetime membership.  Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.  Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses.

Other MCC award news for spring 2016:

MCC instructors and PTK students receive top annual MCCA awards.