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PHI THETA KAPPA

Arizona Regional History

Chartered in 1931, Beta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Phoenix College was the first Arizona chapter. Considering the method used for naming chapters, Beta Beta was the 0th chapter chartered in the United States. In the period from 1940 to 1960, Phoenix College established its own Honor Society, and Beta beta faded to the background. In 1961, Lambda Omicron was chartered at Eastern Arizona College, and is currently considered the oldest active chapter in Arizona. Mu Sigma at Phoenix College was chartered in 1963 as the second Arizona chatper. The sixties saw the chartering of Omicron Beta at Mesa Community College and Omicron Lambda at Glendale Community College (both in 1966). In 1968, Rho Pi was chartered at Phoenix College as the first chapter exclusively for evening students. One month later, our very own Sigma Beta was chartered at Arizona Western College, the 6th chapter in the state.

Here is a list of subsequent chapters:
Psi Gamma (1971) Scottsdale Community College
Omega Upsilon (1973) Mesa Community College

In 1974, Phi Theta Kappa began using three Greek letters to identify chapters.

Alpha Alpha Epsilon (1974) Maricopa Tech which later became Gateway Community College
Alpha Beta Zeta (1975) Cochise College- Douglas
Alpha Beta Chi (1976) Pima Community College
Alpha Gamma Tau (1978) Northland Pioneer College
Alpha Eta Delta (1981) South Mountain Community College
Alpha Theta Delta (1982) Central Arizona College
Alpha Theta Omicron (1982) Rio Salado Community College
Alpha Iota Delta (1983) Gila Pueblo College
Alpha Mu Zeta (1986) Cochise College - Sierra Vista
Alpha Omicron Chi (1989) Paradise Valley Community College
Alpha Sigma Nu (1991) Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Alpha Chi Chi (1993) Mohave Community College - Lake Havasu City
Alpha Chi Psi (1993) Mohave Community College - Bullhead City
Alpha Chi Omega (1993) Mohave Community College - Kingman
Beta Alpha Xi (1995) Estrella Community College
Beta Gamma Chi (1996) Coconino Community College
Beta Gamma Pi (1996) Yavapi Community College - Prescott Campus
Beta Delta Tau (1996) Yavapi Community College - Verde Valle Campus
Beta Eta Tau (1998) Mohave Community College - North Campus Omega

Upsilon and Omicron Beta (1966) at Mesa Community College merged under the chapter name Omicron Beta in 1999.

SOURCE: Arizona Region Handbook

Arizona Regional Leadership

Conference Each fall, Honors/PTK officers travel with the advisor of the Sigma Beta Chapter to the Arizona Regional Leadership Conference. Like the leadership seminar class, the Arizona Regional Leadership Conference provides and opportunity to learn lessons from leaders in the field, participate in activities, and chance to share with PTK officers and members across the state, many with similar interests and goals.

Arizona Regional Honor's Institute

Mirroring the National Honor's Institute held each year in June, the Arizona Regional Honor's Institute provides an opportunity for PTK officers and members to focus on the honor's topic, selected by national headquarters each year, and ways each chapter can implement it in their own community. Students hear reknowned faculty members from Arizona's community colleges and universities discuss the complexities of the honor's topic, and help illustrates the many ways the topic relates to specific regions in the state. Students also participate in hands on learning activities, reinforcing lessons learned and highlighting ways to take back information and games to their own chapters.

Arizona Regional Conference

The Arizona Regional Conference, held each spring, provides an opportunity for officers and members to come together before the summer and plan the activities for the upcoming academic year.

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