From Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College:
A-B Tech Community College’s Alpha Upsilon Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received 18 awards and recognitions during the Carolinas Region Hallmark Awards Convention March 14-16 in Charleston, S.C. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges.
Awards included the Most Distinguished Chapter (based on the Honors in Action and College Project), 2014 Distinguished Chapter, Most Improved Chapter, Five Star Chapter Plan Award, Distinguished Honors in Action Project, Distinguished College Project, Distinguished Officer Award, Carolinas Region Super Stars Award, Outstanding Participation in the Carolinas Region Service Project and in the Carolinas Region Honors in Action Project.
They also received accolades for the Distinguished Honors in Action Theme 3: The Culture of Competition and Economics. The A-B Tech chapter conducted research on the nature of competition among cancer non-profit organizations, focused on ovarian cancer, informed the public (via Facebook) of their research findings, and are attempting to endow an A-B Tech Foundation scholarship for students who are survivors of ovarian cancer or family members of victims of ovarian cancer. The scholarship will be named for Mona Cornwell, an A-B Tech employee, who died from complications of the disease on April 2, 2013.
Student and chapter president Stella Galyean was given an award of recognition for Service to the Region for her role as Vice President of the Carolinas Region. Hall of Honors Awards went to students Paulette Gardner, Shaniqua Simuel and Galyean.
Dr. Beth Stewart, Dean of Arts and Sciences, received the Paragon Award for New Advisors and lead advisor Lisa York, Communications Instructor, received the Distinguished Advisor Award and Horizon Award.
Two A-B Tech students have been elected to serve in two of the four Carolinas Region officer positions. Gardner was elected President of the Carolinas Region and Ruth Ceesay is the North Carolina Vice President of the Carolinas Region.
About A-B Tech
One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas or certificates in more 50 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions – Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for specific job training and retraining and personal enrichment classes.
A-B Tech enrolls nearly 27,000 curriculum and continuing education students, and an estimated one in four Buncombe and Madison residents has attended a class at the College.