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NMC Honor Society Tackles Graffiti (October 30, 2008)

Drivers and pedestrians who pass near the Chalan Kiya fork near the Saipan Health Clinic may be taken aback by freshly-painted, attractive bus stop that was once covered in graffiti. The bus stop beautification was the product of the Northern Marianas College (NMC) Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society’s commitment to stamp out graffiti in the Northern Mariana Islands.

PTK members, assisted by volunteers Tanny Cabrera, Hannah Hofschneider, and Maisha Santos, took on the community service project as part of the international honor society’s worldwide anti-graffiti campaign. Not only was this event fun for all of the participants, but it also gave the students a sense of pride in being able to serve and beautify the community.

The project was NMC PTK’s second anti-graffiti project, and several more bus stops and buildings have been targeted for future paintings.

Founded in 1918, PTK has become the largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing academic excellence in two-year colleges around the world. The organization’s membership has a sincere obligation to continually seek new service opportunities that will enhance the local community and benefit its members in their quest for academic and leadership excellence at Northern Marianas College and beyond.

The minimum requirements to join PTK are a 3.5 cumulative GPA with a minimum of 15 credit hours of college-level courses and a letter of recommendation from an NMC faculty member. Benefits of PTK membership include the opportunity to serve your college and community, leadership development and scholarship opportunities, and the fun and camaraderie of interacting with fellow PTK and community members.

The current leaders of PTK are Roxanne Ferrer, President; Lorna Manahane, Vice-President; Glenda P. Cabrera, Treasurer; Frances Santos-Hofschneider, Recording Secretary; Laurence Cambe, Membership Secretary; and Nerine Villagomez, Acting Public Relations Secretary.

For more information about the PTK or its projects, please contact the following advisors at the Northern Marianas College at 234-5498: Dr. Debra Cabrera, Dean of Academic Programs and Services; Larry Lee, Business Instructor; and Frank Sobolewski, Social Sciences and Fine Arts Department Chair.

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