Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede addressed the 31 new members of Beta Theta Mu as they were inducted recently into Belmont Technical College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
"Your challenges have undoubtedly been great," said Favede. "The competition for your time and effort by outside forces have been, I am sure, overwhelming at times. You are to be commended for pushing forward."
She continued saying "Life is not easy. There is always much to do and little time to accomplish it in. Laundry, homework, job demands, groceries that need to be bought, tests that need to be studied for, dinners that need to be cooked and family commitments, push and pull on us daily yet you have managed to juggle these commitments while maintaining a goal."
"You certainly reached that goal in splendid style," she said, concluding "We all know that those very struggles have at times created obstacles along the way. Tonight we pay tribute to your ability to address those obstacles. To hurdle the barriers placed in your way, to maneuver around them and at times to back up and seek another path. Your dreams have not allowed you to accept failure."
BTC President Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski told the group that with honor comes responsibility. He encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence in their studies. Dr. Rebecca Kurtz, Vice President of Learning and Student Success, gave the history of the organization which has become the largest honor society in American higher education.
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, PTK provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service; an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas and ideals; lively fellowship for scholars; and for the stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.