The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County Beta Kappa Eta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducted members in a special ceremony held May 3 in the R.G. Brown Theatre.

Inductees are Aubree Freeman of Rio; Hillary Nyen of Mauston; Charise Proudian, Stephen Rehdantz, Eugene Starks, and Diana Verwey of Baraboo; Melissa Riley of Oxford; Taylor Roessler and Mikaela Zenz of Reedsburg; Sarah Seifert of Spring Green, who will serve as vice president; and Nicole Warren of Reedsburg, who will serve as president.

Keynote speaker Ben Shortreed, a UW-B/SC alumnus, spoke about seeking and capitalizing on opportunity. He credited much of his success with surrounding himself with the right individuals and stepping outside of his comfort zone to meet new people.

“There will be times that you are rejected as people may not be in a position to help, or it’s not the right time for them,” he said. “But more often than not, there are people who want to help you. You are surrounded by educators, professionals and loved ones who want to help. It’s up to you and your initiative to take advantage of this and follow the path you find most rewarding.”

PTK is the official honor society for two-year colleges. The society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of students and provide opportunities for growth through leadership and service programming. In the past year, the UW-B/SC chapter participated in highway cleanup through the Adopt-A-Highway program, sang holiday carols at nursing homes, provided companionship to residents at assisted living facilities, tutored students at the Baraboo Public Library and on campus, volunteered time at the Boys and Girls Club, and held a cake walk, brat sale and restaurant fundraiser to support two scholarships.

The UW-B/SC Chapter recently received a special commendation from the PTK Society for fulfilling all requirements to become a “3 Star Chapter.” The Five Star Chapter Development Plan sets milestones for PTK groups as they progress through each level of program development. The plan serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter, improving student engagement on campus and recognizing progress.

For information about the PTK Chapter, contact Marc Boucher at 608-355-5249. More information about UW-Baraboo/Sauk County is available at baraboo.uwc.edu.

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