The Alpha Nu Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society welcomed over 30 new members for the fall 2015 semester. The Induction Ceremony was held at the Brown Estate, on Friday evening, Dec. 4.

LSC-O students become eligible for membership once they have completed at least 12 college-level credit hours and earned an institutional GPA of 3.5 or better during their last five years of enrollment. Attendance at the induction ceremony is not a condition of membership.

The benefits of Phi Theta Kappa membership include recognition of academic achievement, as well as opportunities to apply for scholarships and participate in service projects and leadership development programming.

Dr. Hunter Keeney, LSC-O Instructor of Biology, gave the keynote address. Mr. Michael Yeater, VP for Student Services and Auxiliary Enterprises, also spoke, highlighting the importance for students of involvement in campus organizations. Ms. Bobbi Miller, LSC-O Instructor of Sociology and Phi Theta Kappa Co-Advisor, presented both Dr. Keeney and Mr. Yeater with honorary member certificates.

Ms. Dee Simon, Phi Theta Kappa Chapter VP, lit a candle—representing the flame of knowledge and wisdom—for each new member. Ms. Angela Randall, Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President, led inductees in the oath of membership.

A buffet dinner was served following the ceremony.

New Phi Theta Kappa local members include the following:

Bridge City: Gloria Barnhart, Jason Bischof, Lisha Ellis, Caleb Spruell and Jessica Westlund.

Mauriceville: Tiffany Vu

Orange: Kimberly Arrington, Brittneyanne Bergeron, Joseph Bloodworth, Angela Brown, Bethany Butler, Hannah Faulk, Molly Freed, Mackenzie Murdock, Carrie Poole, Tyler Richard, Pamela Rogillio, Lora Rutherford, Jacob SalliesTami Shafer, Amanda Stout and Courtney Webb.

Vidor: Johnie Hinson and Amber Okun.