BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received recognition and several awards at its annual regional conference held March 3-5 in Lafayette, Ind.

“It was a successful weekend for the Bloomington chapter of Phi Theta Kappa,” said Samantha Levy Arnold, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Ivy Tech Bloomington and Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “Besides being recognized as a chapter four times, we had two award winners. I am really proud of our students and their hard work.”

Two Ivy Tech Bloomington students earned top awards. Brynn Parkinson, liberal arts, and Rob Parab, biotechnology, tied for first place for the Spiess Scholarship and were each awarded $600.

Additionally, Parkinson won one of three travel scholarships to the Phi Theta Kappa International Conference held in Nashville, Tenn. in April and Parab won one of three travel scholarships to the International Summer Conference held in Chicago, Ill for fall 2017.

The Bloomington chapter of Phi Theta Kappa earned an award of recognition for its College Project, an award of recognition for its Honors in Action project, a Five Star chapter certificate, and a Continued Excellence award.

Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society for community colleges.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.