June 6, 2023

Members of Phi Theta Kappa attend PTK Catalyst 2023

“Only about 30 students in the country earned that award,” said Tim Krason, the Honors Institute Dean on the Raymond Campus.
BY: Rhonda Dunaway

Photography: BRAD SMITH

Above: Students from the Raymond campus’ Gamma Lambda Chapter attending Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst 2023 are pictured following the awards ceremony held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio. They are, from left, Lauren Coghlan of Bogue Chitto, Hailey Henderson of Vicksburg and Hailey Manning of Byram. They are part of Raymond’s Distinguished Chapter Officer Team.

Chapter members of Phi Theta Kappa from Hinds Community College’s various campuses travelled to Columbus, Ohio where they attended the PTK Catalyst 2023 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

PTK Catalyst is Phi Theta Kappa’s premier annual event that gives its members opportunity for networking with professionals and college representatives. And it’s a time to recognize members for their accomplishments and to elect leaders.

Hinds President Stephen Vacik was also in attendance and received the Paragon Award for New Presidents. Academic Dean for the Dr. Elmira Ratliff, of Madison, won the Distinguished Administrator Award; she is the assistant dean for post-secondary education at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

There were two Hinds CC students chosen as Distinguished Officers, Hailey Manning of Byram, and Lauren Coghlan of Bogue Chitto, both of the Gamma Lambda Chapter.

“Only about 30 students in the country earned that award,” said Tim Krason, the Honors Institute Dean on the Raymond Campus. “And very few officer teams won the Distinguished Officer Team award, so obviously, we’re really proud that multiple students, and student groups, from Hinds were recognized.”

PTK Catalyst Conference 2023 Hinds CC Students

Students from the Rankin campus’ Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter attending Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst 2023 are pictured following an awards ceremony in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio. They are, from left, AJ Wheat, Hazel Mejia and Alexis Pollard, all of Brandon. Miss Mejia and Miss Pollard were both named as part of Rankin’s Distinguished Chapter Officer Team.

The members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of the Raymond Campus who were recepients of the Distinguished Officer Team award include, Miss Manning, Miss Coghlan, Hailey Henderson of Vicksburg, Zachary Shelton and Mason Gibbs, both of Clinton, Kendrick Lewis of Jackson, Isabella Broome of Clinton, and Sarah Hickey of Raymond.

The Distinguished Officer Team award to the Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of the Hinds Rankin Campus include Hazel Mejia, Alex Ball, Lauren Blacksher, Alyssa Hanks, Anna Blacksher, Mason Dodd, Olivia Hill, DJ Aycock, Josh Vazquez, Logan Hariel, Alexis Pollard, Trey Robinson and Kaitlyn Thomas, all of Brandon; Matthew Byars and Garrett Heller, both of Flowood, Avery Rogers of Pearl and Anna Swain of Mendenhall.