What’s happening in PTK right now?

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 acheivements 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!