Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Sweeps Competition, Takes Home Awards

OSU-Oklahoma City’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter, Alpha Pi Nu, swept the competition at the recent Arkansas/Oklahoma regional convention, taking home some of the most prestigious awards. Awards included a renewed five-star level, Top Five Distinguished Chapter and Officer Team award, and, perhaps the most prized of all, the Honors in Action – Most Distinguished Project and the overall Best Project award.


“Being a five-star chapter is one of the many goals that we set for our chapter each year, so we are more than pleased to have been awarded this status,” said Palmer. “Achieving this goal would not be possible without the hard work of our dedicated officers and advisors.”


In addition to winning the awards, current OSU-OKC student and chapter PTK president, Omar Vasquez, was named regional president for the Oklahoma/Arkansas region, the second OSU-OKC student in a row to be selected.


“It is an honor and privilege to have been elected to represent our region and our campus,” said Vasquez. “I am delighted to apply that passion and discipline, which can lead to anything possible.”


Palmer said having back-to-back presidents coming from OSU-OKC is an honor. “This truly speaks highly of our chapter and school,” she said.


Eligibility to become a five-star PTK chapter involves a rigorous set of requirements, including submission of an Honors in Action Project. Throughout the year, chapter members and officers worked on their project titled, “Skills to Pay the Bills.” Because the chapter received the Most Distinguished Project award, members say they have a good chance to win at the Phi Theta Kappa NerdNation International Convention in Orlando, Fla. this April.


Both Palmer and long-term PTK supporter and advisor, Dr. Armando Cruz-Rodz, received chapter advisor awards. Palmer received the Paragon Award for Most Distinguished New Advisor award and Dr. Cruz-Rodz received the Continued Excellence Award for Chapter Advisors.


“The awards banquet felt like the ‘Alpha Pi Nu Show,’” Palmer said. “It was a great experience and I am one proud advisor.”


For more information about OSU-OKC’s PTK chapter, visit www.osuokc.edu/ptk.

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Pictured are OSU-OKC PTK officers and members with the chapter’s co-advisors during the recent Arkansas/Oklahoma Regional Convention. From left to right are: Rashida Jones Frazier, Hyugen Cleveland, Dr. Armando Cruz-Rodz, Jeff Long, Omar Vasquez, Catherine Palmer and Michelle Peterson.