LTC Phi Theta Kappa Earns Awards

Jun 05, 2024

Lincoln Trail College’s Alpha Iota Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was recognized with some Illinois Regional Awards. LTC’s chapter was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter and earned an Honors in Action Project Award. Chapter President Guadalupe Amicone was named a 2023-2024 Outstanding Officer.

The Honors in Action Project combines an Honors Study Topic from Phi Theta Kappa, problem-solving, and action-oriented service to address real-world challenges in the community. LTC chose the theme “Play It Forward” from the Art and Science of Play. LTC researched role-playing and how it impacts students’ abilities to handle stressful situations. As a part of the project, they gave a presentation on how role-playing can be used in the classroom at a faculty workshop. At that workshop, some faculty members shared their classroom role-play activities with the students. 

“Our whole class participated in the initial research,” said chapter co-advisor Kim Schucker. “A smaller group of students developed the presentation to the faculty and wrote the entry to submit to Phi Theta Kappa. I am continually amazed at how our students are willing to put in the extra time and work to produce a great end product that makes a difference in their college community. It is a testament to the quality of students we have at LTC and to the great programs offered through Phi Theta Kappa that inspire the members. The project was relevant to our college, allowed the students to develop leadership skills and presentation skills, and developed a spirit of cooperation and fellowship within the PTK members in our class.”

The Outstanding Chapter award is based on a cumulative score from the Honors in Action project and the College Project. 

“These awards demonstrate the level of hard work and drive the students have,” said chapter co-advisor Carrie Brown. “Students put in hours of research and writing, editing, and collaborative work, both with each other and with administration, to bring about these projects. We are super proud of our chapter for all their hard work!”

Amicone served as LTC’s Chapter President during the 2023-24 academic year. Her award recognized her hard work in that role.

“This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work invested in serving our community and upholding the values of Phi Theta Kappa,” said Amicone. “I am incredibly grateful for the support and collaboration of my fellow officers, members, and advisors, who have been essential to this achievement. I want to give special thanks to Ana Guedes, who has been my right hand throughout this process. She has worked just as hard as I have, and this recognition is also for her. This award inspires me to continue striving for excellence and making a positive impact.”