Sierra College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter takes first at regional leadership conference

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Beta Mu Zeta, the Sierra College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, was one of about 120 community colleges invited to this year's Nevada/California Phi Theta Kappa leadership conference in San Diego Oct. 12 and 13. At the conference, six officers (Dierdre Krezek, MehrnazMehrzad, Lacey Baldwin, Brandon Fagan, Alys aJoerger and Bambamm Tungpagasit) were charged with researching a randomly assigned topic, developing a related community-based service project and creating a conference quality presentation in under three hours.

Under the guidance of faculty advisers Dan DeVere and Amber Willis, the student members of the Beta Mu Zeta chapter worked together and pooled their collective strengths to produce a well-researched, creative presentation. The members and advisers showed exceptional dedication and teamwork, even working through dinner to ensure their submission was of a quality befitting honor society students.

The group presented their topic, “The Culture of Competition in the Arts,” to an audience of 200 community college students and professors from across California and Nevada, as well as to a panel of judges. The environment was extremely competitive, but Sierra College's persistence paid off. Sierra College won first place among all the community colleges in the California-Nevada region.

In addition to the first place win, the Sierra College Beta Mu Zeta chapter won second place for its yearbook, which chronicles the year’s club activities in photos and text in a creative and artistic fashion.

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