March 27, 2020, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber has been named to receive the Middle States Regional Award of Excellence from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Dr. Reber was nominated by Professor/Advisor Ted Lai and members of the College’s Beta Alpha Phi Chapter. The award will be presented at the Middle States virtual convention on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
In informing Dr. Reber of the award, Pattie Van Atter, Regional Coordinator of the PTK Middle States Region, wrote: “The Middle States Regional Award of Excellence is given when appropriate to any individual who goes above and beyond in support of Phi Theta Kappa, the Middle States Region and their local chapter. The nomination they provided tells us of your dedicated support of Phi Theta Kappa and the success of your students, and we couldn’t agree more.”
Dr. Reber responded: “Wow! What an honor! I thank PTK and our amazing students and staff for this most meaningful recognition.”
The HCCC nominating letter noted that since Dr. Reber became President at HCCC in July 2018, he has shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high achieving students at the College. The HCCC PTK chapter related that Dr. Reber congratulates students for their accomplishments and awards in person; invites PTK members to share their successes at HCCC Board of Trustees meetings; attends PTK chapter events; spotlights the chapter’s work and achievements at College events and in the College’s “Out of the Box” podcasts; supports travel for chapter members; and assists with the chapter’s community projects.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievements of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them grow as scholars and leaders. Established in 1918, the Society has more than 3.5 million members, and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the United States.
Beta Alpha Phi, the HCCC chapter of PTK, has earned the distinction of Five Star Chapter Status, Phi Theta Kappa’s highest level of recognition. The PTK Chapter Plan offers five levels of engagement, with each level consisting of prescribed activities to build a strong, active chapter taking advantage of all PTK has to offer.