Gwinnett Tech students earn honors at competition

Five Gwinnett Tech students earned honors at the recent Delta Epsilon Chi 2009 International Career Development Conference. All were first-place winners at the state level, where they earned the right to compete in California at the international conference.

Delta Epsilon Chi is an international organization for college students preparing for a variety of careers and fosters development through several avenues including annual skills competitions, networking with industry leaders and leadership training.

Alisha Ellis, DEX club treasurer, received the Certificate of Excellence Award in the Sales Representative Prepared Business Presentation division.

Four additional Gwinnett Tech students earned honorable mentions, including Cassy Schnautz, DEX president; JJ Farina; Jessica Deresch, a DEX state officer; and Bolt Ronpirin. The students competed in case studies, business simulations and prepared presentations in marketing management at the competition. Farina is a sport and recreation management student at Gwinnett Tech, and the other four students are enrolled in the marketing management program.

The students were accompanied on the trip by Perry Hidalgo, program director for marketing management and sport and recreation management and DEX advisor.

Gwinnett Tech's students competed against two- and four-year colleges from around the world at the conference. The areas of competition included marketing; entrepreneurship; sports and entertainment; business management and administration; hospitality, travel and tourism; fashion merchandising and marketing; and advertising campaigns, among other topics.

Phi Theta Kappa chapter chartered at Gwinnett Tech

Gwinnett Tech has inducted 142 students into a new chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently chartered at the college.

The new inductees were honored at Gwinnett Tech's annual Awards Ceremony. The chapter's first officers will be Randall Litton, president; Pamela Graham, vice president; Dragana Zulfic, treasurer; Erin Harris, recording secretary; and Maria Seabolt, public relations secretary.

Gwinnett Tech instructors Gregory Allen, mathematics, and Kelly Spillman, psychology, will serve as advisers for the new Beta Rho Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Brooke Skelton, advisor of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, served as the headquarters chartering representative.

"We're delighted to host a Phi Theta Kappa chapter and be able to extend this national honor to our deserving students," said Victoria Seals, dean of academic affairs at Gwinnett Tech. "In addition to recognition, membership affords them outstanding scholarship opportunities and the benefits of being a part of a community of scholars."

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.

To receive an invitation to membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree, must have a grade-point average of 3.5 and adhere to the standards of the Society.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.