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PTK Honors President, Science Instructor

PCC President G. Dennis Massey, left, and Science Instructor Joy Moses-Hall were recognized this month for their contributions to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College President G. Dennis Massey and Science Instructor Joy Moses-Hall were honored by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) this month, during the honor society’s annual convention in National Harbor, Md.

Massey was one of 21 college leaders to receive a 2016 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction in recognition of outstanding efforts to promote PTK’s goals. The award is named for the late Shirley B. Gordon, PTK’s longest-serving board of directors chair and president emeritus of Highline Community College. Gordon was named PTK's “Most Distinguished College President” in 1984.

Gordon Award nominees have served as president of their current institution for at least five years and demonstrated a strong level of support for PTK during their tenure. They were also required to attend the Phi Theta Kappa annual convention April 7-9.

Massey, who has served as PCC president since 2003, was instrumental in starting the college’s Beta Nu Upsilon chapter of PTK to recognize students for demonstrating high academic achievement. The group inducted its first 60 members during a ceremony in the Charles Coburn Center March 17, 2005.

Hall, who is a PTK advisor at Pitt, received the 2016 Mosal Award, which included a $5,000-stipend for personal professional development.

Mosal Awards—named for Margaret Mosal, PTK’s late executive director emeritus—are presented to faculty advisors with at least five years of service who have submitted project proposals. A panel of scholars selects only outstanding, well-reasoned and intellectually substantive proposals for funding.

Moses-Hall was selected as a Mosal Scholar for her proposal, “The Motherland Project.” Her plan is to write a terragraphy of a large part of North America by researching the geology of the continent’s main physiographic provinces, visiting notable geologic sites, harvesting parallel stories of life, land and lineage, and codifying and publishing her work as a nonfiction book.

Established in 1918, PTK is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.