Friday, December 12, 2014

Pushing Forward: Our HIA Question for Spring 2015 HAS BEEN CHOSEN and Survey Time!!!

Hello my fellow Alpha Kappans,

This past Wednesday December 10th, 2014 we asked YOU to help us develop a project/thesis question that relates both to our chosen theme Health and Medicine as Frontiers and to the overall Honors in Action Theme Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration. 

You did not disappoint.

There is a lot that we can explore within the theme of Health and Medicine as Frontiers and our members came up with some exceptional ideas. From increased life expectancy and it's influence on our future, to how advancements in Genetics and Biotechnology can affect the choices we make with our bodies, to our changing views on mental illness. But the question that seemed to get the most attention, votes, and even began a debate amongst our members, was in regards to pharmaceutical companies and their influence on our daily lives.

The exact question that won was:
Do we really need medicine or prescription drugs to live a healthier life?

Now this is our first draft question but it begins to spark ideas we can branch out on. For instance how pharmaceutical companies now advertise directly to the consumer and the influence that has on our drug dependence, how doctors approach treatment, and our overall health as a society. The modern epidemic of people becoming addicted to prescription narcotics. Or how our increase use of prescribed antibiotics are helping to form antibiotic resistant superbugs while at the same time the number of new antibiotics being discovered has dropped dramatically.

These are just some of the directions we can go in and next semester we will get the chance to fine tune our question as well as discuss what kind of project we can do to help us answer it.

Also we would greatly appreciate it if you filled out our quick survey.

We are always looking for ways to improve our chapter and better serve our members, so please if you can, take a moment and fill it out.
I swear it's brief. :-)

Wishing everyone luck on their finals and I look forward to seeing you all next semester.


Marcelina Washington
Executive Board Member and Social Networking Manager
Alpha Kappa Chapter
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Sunday, November 30, 2014

AND THE WINNER IS!!.....Plus Induction Ceremony News!!

Hi my fellow Alpha Kappans!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

For those of you who were unable to attend last weeks meeting, the winner of our Honors in Action Theme is:

Theme 7: Health and Medicine as Frontiers

The next step is picking our question. The question is important because it is in essence our essay or thesis question that we will attempt to answer through our project and through the research we do next semester. 
It is also important to remember that the question must address our study topic: Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.

The winning group will put together a number of different questions that they are interested in and then we as a chapter will vote on which question we are most interested in pursuing as a project next semester. Once I get the questions from the group, I will post them here on our blog for all of you to vote on, then during our final meeting of the semester (December 10th) we will announce the winning question.

Just as a reminder, there will be no meeting this coming Wednesday December 3rd, instead we invite you all to attend our Induction Ceremony being held in the Richard Harris Terrace from 2-4pm.
Come Support our New Inductees!!!
There will be a ceremony followed by a lunch. We will also be announcing the winner of our Executive Board elections. So please, if you haven't already RSVP to the E-Vite do so as soon as possible so we know how many lunches to prepare.

I hope to see you all and the Induction Ceremony!

Marcelina Washington
Social Networking Manager, Minutes Office, and Executive Board Member
Phi Theta Kappa
Alpha Kappa Chapter

Friday, November 21, 2014


Hello my fellow Alpha Kappans!!

Below you will find the presentations of our semifinalists for the Honors in Action Theme for the Spring 2015 semester.

Please take the time to go through each presentation, then when you are through place your vote by selecting your chosen theme at the bottom of the page.

Your Voice Matters!!

Happy Voting!

Theme 8: Exploring Political Economy

Theme 5: Celestial Frontiers

Theme 7: Health and Medicine as Frontiers

Theme 3: Quests of Human Expression


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

College Project: MECA Powerpoint and Video

Hello my fellow Alpha Kappans!

This is just some more information on our college project mentoring the MECA students.
The PowerPoint was put together by our executive board member Elizabeth.
Also we have a YouTube video from CUNY's page about MECA.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Experience at MECA by Ted Hadges

Hey fellow PTK members!

I would like to write a quick blurb discussing my experience at MECA.   If you are on the fence about heading over to the school, hopefully this will pacify your anxiety.

Getting There
My first time going to MECA, there was some confusion about meeting up with other PTK members beforehand.  I waited for a few minutes at the meeting point (the statue in front of the main building), and didn't see anyone, so I went on 
Google Maps and found my way there.  

Solution:  If you plan on walking over with someone, make sure you exchange phone numbers beforehand so that you can keep each other posted.  That said, it's very easy to walk to the school.  It's about a 15 minute walk.

Getting Set Up
Once you get there, tell the front desk that you are tutoring at MECA and that you are from BMCC.  Be sure to specify MECA because there are actually a few different schools in the building.  They will direct you to the main office, where the school principal, Matthew Tossman, will greet you.  He'll give you an answer sheet along with worksheets for the students to practice.  Algebra seems to be the subject of choice.  Simple stuff like 3x=6 (Solve forx).  

Getting Down to Business
There is not much to say other than this is the fun part.  The kids will be working on the assignment at different tables in the library.  You don't have to give a lecture or anything; it's simply a matter of walking around and answering any questions they may have.  If you don't know the answer, you can take a look at the answer sheet.  It has step-by-step work for each problem.  

That's it, folks.  I could elaborate and write about how fun and rewarding the experience has been, but I will save that for another article.

I go to MECA every Tuesday.  Feel free to reach out to me if you want to meet at BMCC and walk over together.

-Ted Hadges