BMCC's Alpha Kappa Chapter

Helping you turn your weaknesses into your strengths.

Alpha Kappa Chapter Winning Awards for BMCC

Regional Convention March 6-8 Spring 2015, Utica NY

Honors in Action

Our theme is Health and Medicine as Frontiers

PTK Tabling

Minutes Officer Edwin Ruiz answering questions about Phi Theta Kappa Membership and opportunities within the Alpha Kappa Chapter.

Graduating Phi Theta Kappa

If your graduating, make sure to get your graduation regalia at

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

P.T.K. Welcomes New Members

"Action Is The Fundamental Key To Success- Pablo Picasso "

On Wednesday Oct. 26, 2015 new member were invited into Theater II to take their first essential step at investing in a brighter academic future.
Executive Board members and officers shared their personal stories of what being a Phi Theta Kappan means to them.It means not giving up in the face of a challenge along with the desire to give ones best. During the orientation the scholars were given information about  the organization roots and history.To live , To learn, To Achieve that is the true meaning that define what Phi Theta Kappa is about.
Anyone and everyone is invited to join or stop by on Wednesdays from the hour of 3- 3:50 pm in room N796.

Lateef Bello 
Journalist Officer 
Alpha Kappa Chapter 
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Honors in Action Conference: New York Region

New York Honors & Leadership Conference 

  Emily, Juliana, Laurie, and Edwin at Syracuse University

Background Information:                               Keynote Speakers: 
Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration           Dr. Van Arsdale (Political Economy) Onondaga Community College                      Susan Edwards (Hallmark Award Tips)
Alpha Sigma Zeta Chapter                              Dr. Braunberger (Human Expression)
Syracuse, NY                                                     Michele Ley (Natural Environment) 
October 16-18 2015                                         Amie Bernstien (Vice President Adress)
Activities:                                                          College Appearances:
Roll Call+Ice Breakers                                     Cornell University /  Marist College      
Keynote Address+Seminar Groups               University of Rochester / Monroe College
Fellowship Events+College Transfer Fair    Pace University / Wells College

Fun Fact: Phi Theta Kappa Pin as a symbol
Black enamel Band: Phi (wisdom) Theta (aspiration) Kappa (purity) 
Behind the band: wreath--> Oak (stability/strength of character) Laurel (achievement/success)
Above band: head of Athena--> Goddess of Learning 
Below band: Greek letters meaning light--> light of learning and knowledge 
Colors: Blue (scholarship) and Gold (purity) 
Laurie Ferreras 
Journalist Officer and Supervisor
Alpha Kappa Chapter 
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 

Friday, October 2, 2015

"Oh the Places You'll Go" - Dr. Seuss

"A journey of a thousand miles 
must begin with a single step," Lao Tzu.

In case you missed it: On September 30th, the International Fair was taken place in front of the Richard Harris Terrace. 

BMCC is the home of many study abroad opportunities. Many students, including Phi Theta Kappa members, visited many representatives of international service organizations and CUNY-Wide study abroad programs to learn more about: 
  • Courses offered: creative writing, language of choice, environmental science, and etc. 
  • Locations of program: India, China, Africa, and etc. 
  • Volunteer services: teaching English, childcare, handicapped, and etc. 
  • Job opportunities: lifeguard, retail, amusement park operator, and etc. 
  • Scholarship opportunities: Benjamin A. Gilman Internation Scholarship and etc. 
The purpose of the study abroad program is to expand your knowledge and widen your perspective. By choosing a program according to your major, not only will you be able to learn from your course, you will also learn about culture, problem solving skills, and communication. You will also have many experiences! 

As BMCC says, "Start Here. Go Anywhere." 

For more information contact the following: 
Academic Study Abroad Program Manager 
Deborah Stengle
Academic Affairs 
Room: Main Building, 103-G
212-220-8000 ext. 5013

Lateef Bello 
Journalist Officer 
Alpha Kappa Chapter 
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Luceat Lux Vestra!

We are all Shining Stars!
Leceat Lux Vestra means "let your light shine." 

Phi Theta Kappa has two missions: 
  1.  To acknowledge and strengthen academic achievements, and
  2.  To encourage individual growth through the four hallmark programs (honors, leadership, service, and fellowship). Let your light shine by becoming a leader).
Reminder: Next week we will celebrate Phi Theta Kappa Awareness Week! WEAR YOUR PINS! And show us your Phi Theta Kappa Pride! 

Laurie Ferreras 
Journalist Officer and Supervisor 
Alpha Kappa Chapter 
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Welcome Back Alpha Kappans!

The word of the day is Teamwork because our honors in action project is all about working together to create an award winning project.
We are well on our way into the Spring 2015 semester and already there is lots to do.

Last semester we voted on our Honors in Action question and this semester we get to try to answer it through our Honors in Action project.
For those of you who may not remember or who are new, our honors in action project is something we do each year. Heres a quick synopsis from

Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action
The Honors Program fulfills multiple dimensions of Phi Theta Kappa's purpose. It is designed to:
  • foster a stimulating environment for intellectual growth and challenge.
  • create opportunities for leadership and learning as leaders through service and advocacy.
For the first purpose of our mission — fostering a stimulating intellectual environment — the Honors Program foundation and focus is the Honors Study Topic. The biennial topic is an interdisciplinary, contemporary topic of interest related to global challenges. Members explore the topic with the multitude of perspectives that their personal experiences and academic studies provide.
For the second purpose of our mission — creating opportunities for leadership and action — the Honors Program provides guidance through a process called Honors in Action for taking action based upon new knowledge related to the themes of the Honors Study Topic.
Honors in Action
Honors in Action is the process that provides opportunities to apply learning and practice to real-world problem-solving by developing an in-depth, action-oriented project related to Honors Study Topic research. Academic research into the themes related to the Honors Study Topic is what makes the difference between Honors in Action and simply action. Honors in Action is informed action designed to make a lasting impact and contribute to the betterment of society. Through engaging in Honors in Action, students develop and demonstrate:

  • awareness of the importance of seeking out multiple perspectives augment understanding and improve decision-making.
  • abilities to draw research conclusions and develop ideas to make a difference.
  • effective planning and capabilities to initiate action.
  • intentional and purposeful efforts to grow leadership skills.
  • understanding of the need to involve others and work together
  • capacities to lead and manage self and others to motivate, overcome obstacles, perform in complicated environments and accomplish goals.
  • aptitudes for assessing progress, adjusting to circumstances and measuring results quantitatively and qualitatively.
Two meetings ago we gave some presentations on Honors in Action, how to do research, and some hot topics like vaccines and psychiatric medications that relate to our question:

Do we really need medicine or prescription drugs to live a healthier life?

Here is Debbies powerpoint on how to do research.

As of right now our project is moving towards being a debate on vaccines and their relationship to long term health, the risks related to vaccines, as well as the non-vaccination movement and it's effect on the health of our society in general. But we may have to broaden our scope to include prescription pain medications, or psychiatric medications to allow for more rich debate.

Last week the president of the debate team came by, split us into pro and con groups, and had us discuss vaccines.

Tomorrow we will be asking you, especially those of you who got to discuss the topic in groups, what you think of our honors in action question and if we can form a good debate on the subject? If not what should we expand the debate on?

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow :-)