Phi Theta Kappa members garner chapter, regional honors


Michelle Gietl
Student Life Advisor, (541) 506-6027

April 23, 2018

Columbia Gorge Community College members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students, returned from the Rocky Mountain Cascade Spring Convention in early May with multiple honors, awards and leadership responsibilities. The conference was held at Clackamas Community College.

CGCC’s Alpha Sigma Xi chapter is part of a region comprising 23 chapters in Oregon, Idaho and Utah.

Student Life advisor Michelle Gietl a former chapter president, was named regional coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region during the regional convention. She has served as associate regional coordinator since 2015.

“It is a huge honor and privilege to serve in this volunteer position,” Gietl said. She was elected to the Association of Chapter Advisors officer team last spring, as secretary, accepting the vice chair position at a subsequent conference in Kansas City as one of chapter advisors representing all of the divisions. Michelle represents Division IV, which has eight regions with 292 chapters.

Nearly 5,000 people attended the conference in Kansas City, MO, which was held in April.

Gietl became a member of Phi Theta Kappa in May 2009. She served as the president of the Alpha Sigma Xi chapter for two years. She has served as the Alpha Sigma Xi chapter advisor since 2011. Additionally, Gietl serves as vice chair of the Association of Chapter Advisors and previously served as the Rocky Mountain-Cascade Associate Regional Coordinator. In 2017, Gietl received the Columbia Gorge Community College Staff Excellence Award and has also received numerous distinguished advisor awards within the Rocky Mountain-Cascade Region, including a Distinguished Advisor Award at last month’s conference.

As advisor of Student Life and Outreach at Columbia Gorge Community College, Gietl coordinates and advises the Associated Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and all other clubs and organizations on campus.

Michelle Gietl was one of several chapter members honored at the regional level. In addition:

  • Jonathan Neptune received the Above and Beyond award for his work on the 2017-18 regional team as Northern District Executive.
  • Anjolina Horzynek was elected as the 2018-19 Vice President of Communication for the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region. Anjolina will work to expand social media presence for the region as well as create the monthly newsletter and maintain the regional website.
  • Jonathan Neptune and Ben Lawrence received an award for being part of a Distinguished Regional Officer Team. They received medallions at Catalyst in Kansas City. Their team was one of three so honored in the entire society.

The Rocky Mountain Cascade regional team also received a Regional Excellence Award in Service. This award is new this year and relates to the service opportunities the regional team provided as well as projects and events in which chapters participated.

Meanwhile, CGCC members of Alpha Sigma Xi Chapter received several additional honors at the chapter level:

  • Alpha Sigma Xi continued its Five-Star Chapter rating, first conferred in 2010
  • Faith Simmons was named Distinguished Chapter Officer
  • Alyssa Simmons was named Distinguished Chapter Member
  • Alpha Sigma Xi was named a Distinguished Chapter
  • Chantelle Hickman, Jonathan Neptune, Carrie Simard, Kasey Broadbent, Caleb Wageman, Abby Stelzer and Faith Simmons were recognized as Distinguished Chapter Officer Team
  • Michelle Gietl was named Distinguished Advisor

Additional chapter recognitions included Distinguished Honors in Action Theme 6,Distinguished Honors in Action Project, and Distinguished College Project.