New Rolla PTK Members Inducted, Win Regional Awards

April 1, 2023 | Campus News ECC Rolla

The Beta Omicron Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at East Central College in Rolla inducted seven new members into the organization so far this year.

Cole Halfaker, ECC student services specialist, was the keynote speaker during the ceremony held March 5.

The students inducted into the honor society were Briannah Tiarks, Charli Olszewski, Donna Neulinger, Jessica Richardson, Ezra Dunn, Alaina Sy and Shanna Hawkins. The ECC Rolla PTK advisor is Dr. Elizabeth Winters-Rozema.

PTK is an international honor society for two-year colleges. Members pursue activities that fall under the direction of the society’s hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

To be eligible for induction, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.4 for one semester and maintain a 3.2 GPA after their induction. Students can be pursuing any major, degree or certificate.

Other students could still be eligible to join but haven’t yet. Students invited to be in the PTK can still do so through the end of the year. For more information about PTK in Rolla, contact Winters-Rozema at 573-466-4084 or

Region Awards

Rolla’s Beta Omicron Phi chapter, project and advisor won awards at the 2023 Heartland Region Hallmark Awards also held in March.

Winters-Rozema received third-place honors for the Distinguished Advisor Award category. The Chapter was named a Four-Star Chapter, and it was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the Honors in Action program. Beta Omicron Phi also placed fourth in the region in the College Project.