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🌟 PTK All-NY Academic Team Winners recognized at “Coffee with the President” Event at HVCC 🌟

PTK All-NY Academic Team Winners, Jalen Davenport and Dara Blanchette, met with HVCC President, Dr. Roger Ramsammy, and Assistant VP of Academic Affairs, Ronalyn Wilson, to be recognized for their exceptional academic achievement!

(Right to Left): Dara Blanchette, Dr.Roger Ramsammy, Ronalyn Wilson, Jalen Davenport



🎉 PTK Induction Ceremony 2022 🎉

Over 160 new members were inducted into the Alpha Xi Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa! During the virtual Induction Ceremony, chapter officers and advisors, members of the HVCC Administration, family and friends celebrated this incredible milestone for the new inductees! Keynote speakers, Dr. Roger Ramsammy, HVCC President, Ronalyn Wilson, Assistant VP of Academic Affairs and Renay Williams, Chapter Advisor, provided congratulatory remarks and words of encouragement.


🏆PTK Students Named to PTK All-NY Academic Team!🏆

Three PTK students were recognized as part of the PTK All-NY Academic Team at an awards ceremony held at Onondaga Community College. They received certificates and medals for their achievement. In attendance were awardee – Dara Blanchette, awardee – Jalen Davenport, special guest – Sharon Davenport (Jalen’s mother) and PTK Advisors – Renay Williams and Lamyaa Hassib.

Dara Blanchette (left) and Jalen Davenport (right)

(Right to Left): Sharon, Jalen, Dara, Renay, Lamyaa


PTK members volunteered at the South End Children’s Cafe

PTK members, along with other volunteers from UAlbany and SEFCU, spent the afternoon participating in fun Easter activities with the children at the South End Children’s Cafe in Albany. They set up egg dye kits for the kids and then headed to the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center to hide Easter eggs. It was an afternoon full of fun and joy!



The International PTK Catalyst Conference was held in Denver, CO. For three days, PTK members, officers, advisors and administrators gathered to celebrate all that is PTK. Keynote speakers included Dr.Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PTK President & CEO, as well as Daymond John, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (and yes, from Shark Tank!). The conferences ended with an elegant Awards Gala Ceremony where our chapter received the “Distinguished College Project” Award and Dara Blanchette received the “Distinguished Chapter Member” Award.



PTK members volunteered at the Veterans Miracle Center

Volunteers helped the VMC to prepare Jezreel International shipments of much needed items to those who have been affected by the crisis in Ukraine as well as the people in Moldova.  Other donated items may help the VMC to replenish their store for both veterans and active duty service members who express a need.

Volunteers in the warehouse at the Veterans Miracle Center

This event provided a unique experience to help those in need.  Not only did chapter advisors and members represent Hudson Valley’s international honor society but served as humanitarians and showed how to turn a community of interest into the act of helping others.

AXS Chapter member and advisors working together

Chapter member packing items for Jezreel International shipments

For more information about the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany, NY, visit: https://www.vmcalbany.org


Members of the Alpha Xi Sigma Chapter of PTK attended the NY Regional Conference at The Desmond Hotel in Albany this past weekend, March 10th –  March 13th.  Chapters from all across NY state were represented, with chapter advisors, officers and members coming together to celebrate all that is Phi Theta Kappa. They enjoyed presentations from keynote speakers, networking opportunities, fellowship activities and so much more! One of the highlights of the conference was the informational presentation each NY chapter gave showcasing the work they did the past year. The HVCC chapter’s achievements were recognized and celebrated at the conference, as recipients of the following amazing awards:

  • Distinguished College Project
  • Excellence in Digital Media
  • Chapter Progress Award
  • Excellence in Fellowship
  • New York’s Edgiest Chapter
  • Most Distinguished Chapter Officer: 1st Place – Sophia Lenigk
  • Most Distinguished Chapter Member: 1st Place – Dara Blanchette
  • Paragon Advisor Award: Runner-Up – Renay Williams
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer: 3rd Runner-Up – Jasmine Adams

It was an honor representing HVCC at the conference and showcasing what the chapter achieved from a year of incredible hard work! Alpha Xi Sigma strives to accomplish even more great things, guided by the four PTK Hallmarks: leadership, service, fellowship and scholarship.

AXS Chapter Members (left to right): Timypaul Lupe, Gillian Ferenz, Ledina Banushllari, Dara Blanchette, Sophia Lenigk, Stephanie Phillips, Amro Alkaseasbeh

AXS Chapter Advisors: (left) Renay Williams & (right) Lamyaa E.Hassib


Thank you to our amazing members that have donated to the Viking Cupboard food pantry! Our latest BINGO winner is Jasmine Adams! We are still accepting donations until May 2nd!

Let’s Go Alpha Xi Sigma!

Volunteer at the Veterans Miracle Center!

Volunteers are needed to sort products in a 22,000 square foot warehouse for Jezreel International shipments and for the Veterans Miracle Center. Sorting of the following products are food, clothing, furniture, personal care and hygiene products, baby products, toys, new shoes and sneakers, cleaning, school and office, paper and household products.


Way to go James Mosier for completing 4 EDGE Courses!!!!

Black History Month Open Mic Event was Spectacular! 

Thank you to all of the creative performances!

HVCC Students + Musical Talent = SPECTACULAR!!!

PTK Advisor Renay Williams


Congratulations to our amazing members that have donated to the Viking Cupboard food pantry! We are still accepting donations until May 2nd!

Let’s Go Alpha Xi Sigma!

Way to go Dara!

Way to go Stephanie!

Way to go Mariam!

Celebrating Black History Month: Open Mic Event – February 22nd

Join us in celebrating Black History Month!

Attend a spectacular open-mic event where you can perform anything you like: including poetry, music, short story, etc.

When: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: BTC Auditorium 

🔔 Play BINGO to help support the VIKING CUPBOARD 🔔

The Viking Cupboard provides food and hygiene products to the amazing students at HVCC. 

Fill out 5 spaces in a row on the BINGO card – bring your donations andfilled card to:

Student Activities  – Campus Center – room 210


Professor Hassib – Science Center – room 361 (can leave donations & card in box outside the office)

***A WINNER will be chosen each week to receive FREE PTK SWAG!***

  • BINGO cards can be printed (available on the PTK Blackboard page, left menu) –or– Picked Up at the Student Activities Office
  • You can submit as many BINGO cards that you want each week!
  • A winner will be chosen at the beginning of each week, starting Monday, 2/14 and will continue until Monday, 5/2.

Elections for NY Regional Officers!

  • If you are returning to HVCC next year (’22/’23), then this is a great opportunity for you!
  • If you are a former HVCC graduate or will be graduating in 2022, then you can serve as an alumni rep!
  • If you want to develop your leadership skills and work with other officers from all over NY, then be a part of the NY REGIONAL OFFICER TEAM!
  • They plan awesome initiatives for chapters across NY, help with planning & hosting confernces and work with an awesome team lead by the one and only Dr.Annie Tuttle! 

For more information please attend one of the virtual meetings scheduled:      see Blackboard Announcement/check email

The new officer team will be voted in at the March conference in Albany! 

NY PTK Regional Conference

The time has come to register for the NY PTK Regional Conference!

When: March 11, 12 & 13

Where: The Desmond Hotel, Albany NY

Check Blackboard for tentative schedule for the conference.

  • This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other members from all over NY and to learn more about all this amazing honor society has to offer!
  • Registration Fee will be covered.
  • Vaccination is required.
  • Required to attend all three days of the conference.
  • Since it is local, hotel accomodations will not be covered, but can be reserved on your own.
  • Come learn, network and have fun with your fellow members!
  • There will be fun activites and door prizes!

We will register us as a group. Do not register individually.

Welcome back!

Welcome back! Wishing you a healthy, enjoyable and successful semester!

Our chapter has a lot of great opportunities to get involved, meet new friends and stay connected…

1. SAVE.THE.DATES. – Monthly chapter meetings – each on a Wednesday 3-4pm

  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 30
  • April – TBD
  • May – TBD
  • More info will be sent as we get closer to each meeting date!

– In person in AMZ 110

– Via zoom, link: see Blackboard Announcement/check email

2. Volunteer at the Food Bank!

3. NY PTK Regional Conference – in person! at the Desmond Hotel in Albany!

  • Friday, March 11th , Saturday, March 12th & Sunday, March 13th
  • $100 registration fee will be covered, you MUST attend all 3 days & show proof of vaccination
  • Meet other chapter members from all over NY! Learn more about PTK!
  • More information will be provided at the chapter meeting on 1/26
  • email ptk@hvcc.edu for more info or to register!

4. EDGE Courses! Let’s be the Edge-iest NY Chapter!

  • Take a free, online Edge course: Employment Edge, Transfer Edge, Competitive Edge, Research Edge, Healthcare Edge.
  • The NY chapter that completes the MOST total Edge courses will win a PRIZE (and bragging rights!) at the regional conference. So far, we have 16 completed…
  • Check them out at: http://getanedge.ptk.org/moodle/
  • Attend the chapter meeting on 1/26 to learn more about these courses!
  • For each course you complete, your name will be put in a raffle for a chance to WIN a $50 Gift Card (Amazon, Target, etc). Winner will be announced at the February chapter meeting so get-started-today! 

5. Help replenish the Viking Cupboard with shelf-stable food for our fellow students!

Drop off locations


Happening in October 2021!

  • NY PTK VIRTUAL TRANSFER FAIR, This Wednesday, 10/20 @2pm

They will have over 75 transfer colleges and universities available to chat with you about their school!

Don’t miss your chance to talk, one on one, with these schools to find out all that they have to offer our PTK members! 

There will also be lots of PTK swag giveaways for students who attend!

email ptk@hvcc.edu for help registering


  • Chapter Meeting, THIS WEDNESDAY, 10/20 @3pm 

Join us in AMZ 110 or on zoom: check your email for the zoom link


  • Scholarships: $$$ – deadline to submit an application is December 1st

Apply at scholarships.ptk.org

Need help with scholarships?

Contact Scholarship Team: scholarship@ptk.org

Access Scholarship Support Library: support.ptk.org


  • College Project

This is a great opportunity to connect with other members!

More information will be provided at the chapter meeting this Wednesday.

Emails will be sent out later this week for those interested in participating!


  • Edge Courses

Free professional development courses with topics on Soft Skills, Transfer, Employment, Research, & Healthcare!

Help our chapter complete the MOST Edge courses to WIN the “EDGE-iest Chapter Award”!

Go to: https://edge.ptk.org/moodle/


Yes, Phi Theta Kappans, It’s time to apply for scholarships!

Don’t know where to start?

The deadline to complete PTK’s Fall Scholarship App is December 1 at 6 pm EST

Apply for Scholarships:


Upcoming Events – FALL 2021

  1. SAVE.THE.DATES. – Monthly chapter meetings – in person/via zoom – each on a Wednesday 3-4pm
  • September 22nd
  • October 20th
  • November 17th
  • December 8th
  • More info will be sent as we get closer to each meeting date!

  1. PTK Honors in Action Conference– sign up today! It’s FREE!


  1. Peer Tutoring this Fall! Get paid to tutor on campus!
  • Contact: Aaron Nooney, the coordinator of the tutor program in the LAC. Phone: 518-629-7856 3.0 overall GPAFaculty Recommendation
  • Complete HR hiring process & Tutor Training with Aaron
  • A or B in class/subject tutoring
  • Email: a.nooney@hvcc.edu


  1. Fellowship Event! TRIVIA NIGHT
  • Join other Phi Theta Kappans and show off your trivia skills! PRIZES!
  • Trivia Nights are every other Thursday @ 6pm, starting September 16th (virtual)
  • Another trivia event is scheduled on campus – Monday, October 18th @ 2pm
  • Contact Justin Reynolds for more info or to particpate! j-reynolds8@hvcc.edu


  1. EDGE Courses! Let’s be the Edge-iest NY Chapter!
  • Take a free, online Edge course: Employment Edge, Transfer Edge, Competitive Edge, Research Edge, Healthcare Edge.
  • The NY chapter with members that complete the MOST Edge courses will win a PRIZE (and bragging rights!)
  • Check them out at: http://getanedge.ptk.org/moodle/
  • Attend the chapter meeting on 9/22 to learn more about these courses!



Upcoming Events – August 2021


  1. Fellowship Event – ValleyCats game Friday, August 6th at 7pm.                         Meet in Section 290
  2. Join us on Instagram – follow @hvccptk
  3. Help us become the “EDGE-iest” Chapter!Check out the FREE Edge courses at  http://getanedge.ptk.orgComplete an Edge course at your own pace…take one course or more!Competitive Edge, Employment Edge, Healthcare Edge, Research Edge & Transfer Edge.Note* If you are a PTK member and you are not receiving email updates please contact ptk@hvcc.edu


Summer – Summer – Summertime!

Yes, you CAN still be involved in PTK this summer!

What do we have going on?

  1. NY PTK Summer Bootcamp – It’s Virtual AND it’s Free!!

When: Friday, July 9, 2021 from 10am-4pm on ZOOM

Sign up here: 


  1. Become a Peer Tutor in Fall 2021!

Part-time PAID positions are avialable

Contact Aaron Nooney: email – a.nooney@hvcc.edu

Fill out the form so that we can recognize you at the end of the fall semester!



So many great events coming your way…this May!

  1. Fundraiser to help families in India during second COVID wave

 Our chapter created a fundraiser to collect donations through GiveIndia, a non-profit organization supporting COVID relief. To donate, go to the chapter’s Instagram page @hvccptk and click on the GiveIndia post or click on the link in the bio.

The goal is to raise $500 by May 21, 2021. Please help spread the word!

  1. Become a PTK Chapter Officer!

Available positions are: President / VP for Fellowship & Service / VP for Scholarship & Transfer/ VP for Public Relations / Secretary/ Treasurer

Fill out the Google form by May 7th


  1. Chapter Meeting this Friday

When: May 7that 3:00pm

Zoom link: PTK members, check your email


  1. HicksStrong HUG MUG Painting Event

When: Thursday, May 13th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: HVCC Siek Campus Center, 2nd floor (cafeteria seating area)

Register Here:


LIMIT of 10 participants; Registration will close once the limit is reached.

  1. PTK Graduation Celebration!🎓🎉

When: Friday, May 14th from 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Zoom link: PTK members, check your email

Let’s celebrate our amazing PTK members that are graduating!!

If you are graduating, please email l.hassib@hvcc.edu your picutre, your major, what you are doing after graduation, and a quote/words of wisdom that you would like to share!

Show off your graduation regalia, decorate your caps, and celebrate with your fellow graduates! Friends and family are welcome to join!!

  1. AXS Chapter Fundraiser at Panera 

When: Monday, May 17th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Panera across from HVCC campus

Bring the flyer – available on our IG page – @hvccptk

-or- Order online and use the code: PRFUND


For more information about any of these events or if you have questions – email: ptk@hvcc.edu




Any current PTK member that will be a student at HVCC in the Fall’21/Spr’22 is eligible to run for office!

Open Positions:

Vice President for Scholarship and Transfer
Vice President for Fellowship and Service
Vice President for Public Relations

On the chapter website, go to the left menu and select “Executive Board Members” to learn more about each officer’s responsibilities

Please email ptk@hvcc.edu if you are interested!

Here are our current AWARD-WINNING OFFICERS…

Front row, seated (right to left): Madison Austin, Lauren Murtagh

Back row, standing (right to left): Pravin Persaud, Emiley Beedasee, Irene Nelson, Liam Dougherty




Members  of the HVCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society volunteered at the Northeastern Regional Food Bank Northway Lane to sort through hundreds of pounds of frozen meats including hamburgers, steaks, turkey, chicken, duck, lambchops, and even turducken! First, they carefully inspected the packages for quality and expiration dates, then sorted them into their respective categories, and finally boxed and weighed them for distribution. After packing the boxes, they were placed into a large refrigerated truck for delivery to various charity organizations for immediate distribution

PTK members also volunteered on April 1st at the South End Children’s Café in Albany to help out with a fun Easter Egg Hunt! The April Fool’s Day joke was getting snow that day, which  prevented the event from being outdoors. However, this did not stop the fun in any way. The volunteers arrived early to hide the egg treats filled with candy. After school, the children, (ages 5 and up) cheerfully arrived to find the hidden eggs. The children then decorated their own hard-boiled eggs with bright food coloring and fun designs. It was a fun afternoon for all and as always, a great opportunity to share smiles and laughter!




Presentations of the National and Regional Hallmark Awards took place during the NY PTK Regional Convention, March 12 – March 13, 2021.

These highly competitive awards were judged on both the national and regional level, with many chapters competing for the coveted prizes.

Our Alpha Xi Sigma chapter members, officers and advisors were recognized for the incredible work they achieved in the past year, by receiving the following awards:
  • Distinguished Officer Team  Winners: Madison Austin, Emiley Beedasee, Liam Dougherty, Lauren Murtagh, Irene Nelson, Pravin Persaud
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer – 2nd Runner upPravin Persaud
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer – 1st Runner up: Madison Austin
  • Distinguished Chapter Member – Winner: Farkhondeh Tajik
  • Paragon Award for New Advisor – Winner: Lamyaa Hassib
  • Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team – Winners: Renay Williams & Lamyaa Hassib
  • Chapter Progress Award
  • Distinguished College Project Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Non-Traditional Student Award – Winner: Farkhondeh Tajik
  • Non-Traditional Student Award – Runners up: Donna Ferraino & Timypaul Lupe




Virtual Conference: April 8, 9 & 10


🎖 General Sessions 🎖

Six general sessions broadcast live from our studio including speakers who will inspire, motivate, and prepare you for the future; awards presentations; and the election of Society leaders.

🎖 Educational Forums 🎖

Educational sessions to help you in your PTK role and beyond will be available on-demand. Featured themes will include Advisor Edge, Employment Edge, Healthcare Edge, Leadership Edge, Research Edge, and Transfer Edge.

🎖 Virtual Booth Exploration and Career Fair 🎖

A virtual marketplace where you can explore exhibitors, meet possible employers, learn about Phi Theta Kappa programs and scholarships, and everything in between.

🎖 Virtual College Transfer Fair 🎖

An all-in-one hub for your transfer needs. Explore majors and member-exclusive transfer scholarships, meet with college transfer reps, and get answers to your transfer questions.


Attending a national conference at this level is a BIG deal! The networking and leadership skills alone are beneficial, and will look great on your resume!


Free PTK t-shirt to the first 25 that sign up





Our “Brady-Bunch” Chapter Officers & Advisors…just having fun! 😎

Tune in to The Hud podcast to hear PTK Advisors Lamyaa and Renay talk with Samantha Simmons about what PTK is and learn more about membership benefits!





Volunteering at the Northeastern Regional Food Bank during PTK Awareness Week.🍎

Follow us on IG @hvccptk to see their award-winning TikTok video “showing how they PTK!” 🎼

(from right to left: Logan Simms, Leithe Miller-Kramer, Jenna Miller, Lamyaa Hassib)


PTK Advisor, Renay Williams, meets with author and former PTK Chapter President, Jalaysha Malik, receiving her signed copy of “Salted Caramel” 📗



🎉 It’s PTK Awareness Week February 22-28! 🎉

Please send pictures/stories to Madison to post on our IG page!


Show us how you PTK by tagging us in your posts using #IAMPTK!

🎈 Feb. 22: Pin Palooza Monday 🎈

Put on those PTK pins & share pictures with us.

🎈 Feb. 23: Talk PTK to Me Tuesday 🎈

Tell us why you joined PTK & encourage your eligible friends to join, too.

🎈 Feb. 24: Wear It Wednesday 🎈

Wear your favorite PTK gear & post your pics.

🎈 Feb. 25: TikTok Thursday 🎈

Create a TikTok showing how you PTK & tag us @phithetakappa.

Four winners will receive a prize from the PTK Store!

🎈 Feb. 26: Fit In Friday 🎈

Share your favorite pic of your PTK family with us


Former PTK Chapter President, Jalaysha Malik, presents her book “Salted Caramel”

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is delighted to present an insightful discussion of the poetry book, “Salted Caramel,” with its author Jalaysha Malik. This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. and is open to the entire HVCC community.



Please register at the link below using your HVCC credentials. All registrants will be emailed the Zoom link to join the event.

The e-book is available on iBooks, Kindle and NOOK.

  • The first 10 HVCC students to sign up will receive a free copy of the e-book!
  • All those who attend will be entered into a raffle and one lucky winner will receive a hardcopy of the book signed by the author!

About the Author:

My name is Jalaysha. I am 20 years old. I graduated from HVCC in May of 2020 and I had the best two years of my life there. I wrote this book when I was 17 because I was told I have a talent and that I should share it. I would write about anything that I was going through and that I felt people could resonate with. But when I decided to publish a book, I wanted to enlighten people. Salted Caramel is knowledge, it gives perspective and shows resilience within blackness. The short poetry book offers several perspectives and images that need to be heard. I hope you enjoy what you read and write with your voice as well.    ___________________________________________________________________________

Welcome Back!!

This semester we will have some great opportunities for you…

 -attend [monthly] chapter meetings, Fridays 3-4pm: Save the Dates:

February 12th, March 12th, April 9th, May 7th

zoom link will be emailed as we get closer to the meeting dates

-learn more about the transfer process

-participate in volunteering opportunities

-attend the NY PTK March Convention: March 12-March 13, 2021

-run for office for our Alpha Xi Sigma chapter: elections in early May

-run for office for the NY Regional office: deadline for application is February 25th

-apply for the 2021 Jodi Oriel Scholarship: deadline for application is March 1st



Wishing you all a happy, healthy and productive spring semester!

PTK is here for you. We are here to support you. We are here to encourage you.


And the winners are…

Our chapter just set a new record for the most participation in PTK Edge courses in 2020! There are four self-paced courses available to take at anytime on the ptk.org website. You can choose from: Transfer Edge, Research Edge, Employment Edge and Competitive Edge.

Congratulations to the 3 raffle winners for completing one or more Edge course by the end of 2020!

  1. Jenna M. Miller
  2. Madison E. Austin
  3. Lamyaa E. Hassib



CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS to our PTK Fall 2020 GrAdUaTeS!

We are so proud of you for what you have accomplished this year!

May you have continued success in all that you pursue!

As you embark on your new path, remember that PTK is still here to support you and help you grow. Please consider joining the NY PTK Alumni Association!

For more information, contact: Michelle Ferraino, Northern VP of the Phi Theta Kappa NY Region Alumni Association, at mferraino@albany.edu



As this semester [finally] comes to an end, let’s take a sigh of relief and re-energize!

Let’s finish the year with some fun!

End of the Year PTK Celebration

Sunday, December 20th  7:30pm – 8:30pm

(check email or Bb for zoom link, PTK members)

  • A video slideshow highlighting our activities and achievements for the year!
  • A slideshow featuring the Fall’20 PTK graduates!
  • A presentation by Michelle Ferraino about the PTK Alumni Association!
  • A fun Kahoot! game with PRIZES!


Toys for Tots Drive-Thru Event was a success!!!

On Saturday December 12, 2020, Hudson Valley Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter held a drive-through event supporting the Marine Toys for Tots organization. Donations were made by members of both the college and surrounding community. The event looked somewhat different due to the pandemic: those making donations were asked to stay in their cars, while volunteers retrieved the toys. Over the course of four hours, we filled more than three large boxes with around 200 toys and books donated, along with a cash donation.

Thank you to all of the donors and PTK volunteers who helped bring Christmas joy to children in need. PTK could not have put on this event without the support we received from HVCC. Thank you to Student Activities, Communications and Marketing, Public Safety, the Events Office, the EHS Department, and the Graphics Department for all of your support for this event.





Art by Izzy Cox, HVCC PTK member



NY Region “Why I am Thanks(giving)ful for PTK” Winners!

We are PTK Proud & Thankful!



1.  Our chapter is hosting a Toys for Tots Drive-Thru Event at HVCC

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 12th from 12pm-4pm (1 hour time slots available to volunteer)

We need 10 volunteers to participate in this wonderful event. All volunteers will get a special gift!

To sign up for a time slot to volunteer, please fill out the Google Form:



2. The PTK scholarship application deadline has been extended!

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, December 15th, at 5:00pm CST.

If you have started the application but did not complete it, please consider going back to complete it. If you have notstarted the application process, there is still time to do so.

For any questions, email: scholarships@ptk.org or ptk@hvcc.edu


3. Come join us for an end of the year PTK Celebration!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, December 20th 7:30pm – 8:30pm via zoom

Also, if you are graduating this semester, we would like to recognize you that night, so please fill out the Google Form:




Often, when we think about Giving Tuesday we think, “where can I donate money?” or “where can I donate goods?”

Well, in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, Phi Theta Kappa members thought “where can I help immediately?” The answer was easy: at The Northeastern Regional Food Bank.

On Monday, Nov. 30, PTK volunteers helped sort fresh fruits and vegetables that would be delivered the next day — Giving Tuesday — to people in need. The students were delighted when the coordinators at the food bank told them, “imagine, that piece of fruit you are holding right now will be in the hands of a hungry child tomorrow!” When we think of giving to those in need, let’s think outside the box. Let’s give our time, our energy, our compassion. There is no monetary value to that necessarily, but it’s impact is just as important, and that should be our inspiration.

(L to R) Matthew Elton, bearer of strawberries; Pravin Persaud, bearer of apples; Timypaul Lupe, bearer of bananas


LET’S GO Alpha Xi Sigma!

Let’s be the EDGE-iest Chapter in NY!

Take one (or more) of the EDGE courses on ptk.org



Videos about each course are posted on the PTK Blackboard page:

Transfer Edge , Research Edge , Employment Edge , Competitive Edge 

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS to Shauntaria Jackson, PTK Edge course Superstar, for complete ALL FOUR courses!!!






Members  of the HVCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society volunteered at the Northway Lane location of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham.

They sorted through hundreds of pounds of dry, packaged goods including candy bars, cookies, crackers, granola bars, coffee, pasta, and various other food pantry items. First, they carefully inspected the packages for quality and expiration dates, then sorted them into their respective categories, and finally boxed and weighed them for distribution.

One of the highlights of the process was sorting through thousands of Reese’s candy bars that would be given to local children for Halloween in just a few days. Another highlight was the experience of working with other members of the local community that share the common goal of thinking of others in need and being proactive about making a difference in the community. This is why members are proud to say #IAMPTK.



Want to learn more about PTK Scholarships? 

Get more info on the different types of scholarships, how to apply and how to submit a “stand-out” application.

zoom meeting with Jennifer Stanford on Thu. 10/29/20 from 10:30am-11:00am

zoom link: contact ptk@hvcc.edu for the link



THANK YOU to all who participated in the College Project! #IAMPTK

Farkhondeh Tajik hangs posters on campus

Timypaul Lupe volunteers at a tabling station

Pravin Persaud & Emiley Beedasee volunteer at a tabling station

Public Safety Officer hands out custom wristbands at a screening station

Dr. Peter Schaefer, Chair of the Biology, Chemistry & Physics Dept. successfully downloads the “My HVCC” app

The Student Activities Office provides delicious treats for the visitors at the tabling stations.



Have you checked out the new My HVCC app?  PTK members have been spreading the word around campus about the app and want to hear your feedback! Please download the My HVCC app and fill out the survey to share your thoughts!



Here they are – the custom wristbands to promote the new app!

Have you downloaded it yet? Please spread the word. 

Do you have feedback to give about the app? Fill in the form:


Still interested in helping out with the College Project? FREE shirts are still available! email: ptk@hvcc.edu



Participating in the PTK College Project is one of the highlights of being a PTK member! This is your time to connect with other students and the college community. The focus of our project is to promote the app “My HVCC”. Help spread the word about it. How can you help?

1. Sign up to hang posters around campus.


2. Sign up to volunteer at a screening station on campus and give out handcards


3. Sign up to attend a virtual class ~5min to tell students about the new app



A big thank you to Alfredo Balarin, director of Student Life, for providing the t-shirts!


Custom wrist bands will be given out at the screening stations the week of Sep.28-Oct.2 to all campus visitors. A big thank you to Student Senate for providing the funding to purchase the wristbands!



Did you know that to become a FOUR STAR chapter we need to plan and implement a college project? What is a college project you ask?

The college project can be anything that benefits the college, aligns with the college mission statement and is approved by the college administration. Working on a college project helps our chapter to develop and strengthen a supportive working relationship with the college administration. 

Stay tuned for more information and what YOU can do to participate! #IAMPTK

PTK Executive Board members met on August 24, 2020 with HVCC President Dr. Ramsammy and Assistant VP of Academic Affairs, Ronalyn Wilson.

PTK members (left to right) Lauren Murtagh, Pravin Persaud, Madison Austin



Members of the HVCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY in Latham, NY on August 15, 2020. The Food Bank collects large donations of food from various locations throughout New York state. With an ever-increasing demand for food, the Food Bank has even started hosting pop-up stations throughout the capital region. Volunteers packed boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed to local charities, food pantries and homeless shelters. Any slightly bruised food was not discarded, rather it was collected in a separate bin to be distributed to local farms for animal consumption.

The PTK volunteers took this opportunity to help the community, one of the core values of Phi Theta Kappa. With its purpose of developing leadership and service, Phi Theta Kappa promotes academic excellence and fellowship for all its members. This is why members are proud to say #IAMPTK.

Pravindra Persaud (left)
Timypaul Lupe (right)

Michael Goodman (left)
Linda Barenboim (right)

Ivey Green (left)
Lamyaa Hassib (right)



Over three consecutive weeks this summer, PTK members participated in a different healthy challenge and documented their activities on Instagram. They also received support from friends & family to sponsor them and help raise money for Joseph’s House in Troy.

To celebrate the completion of this exceptional challenge, executive board members participate in a fun frisbee-challenge. Check out the video made by Lauren Murtagh, Vice President of Fellowship & Service!

PTK Video – Frisbee Challenge

Here are the awesome winners for each challenge:

Week 1:The Walk/Run Challenge

Emiley Beedasee logged the longest, cumulative distance walked for the week.

Prize: NY Phi Theta Kappa t-shirt


Week 2:The Healthy Eating/Cooking Challenge

Antoine Johnson recommended the book – “Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day” by Leanne Brown. He received the most votes for the best healthy eating/cooking submission.

Prize: Gift Certificate for Whole Foods


Week 3:The Outdoor Activities Challenge

Pravindra Persaud documented the most different outdoor activities done for the week.

Prize: #IAMPTK t-shirt

Thanks to all who participated and supported the Get Moving Challenge!

If you would like to make a donation to Joseph’s House on behalf of HVCC PTK, please email l.hassib@hvcc.edu by Sunday, August 16th.



Members of the HVCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY in Latham, NY on July 21, 2020. The Food Bank collects large donations of food as well as personal care items. Volunteers packed boxes to be distributed to adults and children containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, soap, shampoo, hair trimmers, toiletries, hair accessories and so much more. The needs of pets were also considered as volunteers sorted through dog food, cat food, and dog treats. The PTK volunteers took this opportunity to help the community, one of the core values of Phi Theta Kappa. With its purpose of developing leadership and service, Phi Theta Kappa promotes academic excellence and fellowship for all its members. This is why members are proud to say #IAMPTK.


For more information about PTK, email: ptk@hvcc.edu

For more information about the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY, email: info@regionalfoodbank.net


Volunteers, pictured from Right to Left:

Shannon Berg, Brittany Tucker, Farkhondeh Tajik, Lamyaa Hassib, Waseem Faidi, I.Faidi, J.Faidi


Are you ready for a challenge?

Are you ready to Get Moving and win prizes??

Then come join the HVCC PTK Get Moving Challenge!

July 6th – July 25th

Each week has a different challenge & different prizes.

Set your Goal for the week & Get friends & family to sponsor you and help raise money for Joseph’s House in Troy


1st: Join @HVCCPTK on Instagram

2nd: Download the Google form to collect pledges to donate to

       Joseph’s House.

       Use the BINGO card to make collecting FUNds more FUN!

3rd: Download the Google form to track your activities each week.

       Submit the completed form at the end of each week for your chance to

       WIN A PRIZE!


Week 1#PTK Get Moving

The Walk/Run Challenge

Monday, July 6th–  Saturday, July 11th

Track the distance you walk/run for the week.


Week 2#PTK Iron Chef

The Healthy Eating/Cooking Challenge

Monday, July 13th– Saturday, July 18th

Post pictures and/or recipes of healthy meals on IG.


Week 3#PTK Get Outdoors

The Outdoor Activities Challenge

Monday, July 20th– Saturday, July 25th

Document the different outdoor activities you do for the week:

Hiking, swimming, playing ultimate frisbee, biking etc.




Questions? email us at ptk@hvcc.edu



The Executive Board members of the HVCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently came together to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY in Latham, NY. The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies in 23 counties. It provides over 35 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies. The PTK volunteers took this opportunity to help the community, one of the core values of Phi Theta Kappa. With its purpose of developing leadership and service, Phi Theta Kappa promotes academic excellence and fellowship for all its members. This is why members are proud to say #IAMPTK.

Outside the Food Bank, from Left to Right:
(L) Madison Austin, Irene Nelson, Pravindra Pursaud, Omsalama Ayoub, Lamyaa Hassib, Antoine Johnson (R)

Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Xi Sigma Chapter

Congratulations to our PTK Graduates of 2020!

Virtual Graduation Ceremony held on May 15, 2020

We are so proud of you and wish you continued success in ALL that you do!


Congratulations to our 2020 inductees!

Virtual Induction Ceremony held on April 20, 2020


Welcome to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Hudson Valley Community College! You’ve just taken the first step to getting involved with the official Honor Society of two-year colleges. Membership in PTK is more than just a notation on your diploma. PTK supports high-achieving students by providing scholarships, and the opportunity to participate in (optional) events aimed to build critical skills such as leadership, problem solving, and communication!In addition to these benefits, Phi Theta Kappa members also receive discounts through partner organizations such as Dell, T-Mobile, or Motel6. Check PTK.org for a full list of current partner discounts.

If you have questions not answered on this website, please send an email to ptk@hvcc.edu and an advisor will be happy to assist!