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Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
Alpha Epsilon Phi Chapter
2015 Awards and Scholarships:
- The Regional Coordinator Award – Dr. Walter. The Regional Coordinator’s Award gives recognition to a College President, College Administrator, or an individual within the community who has demonstrated continued support of the people, programs and priorities of Phi Theta Kappa on the Chapter, Regional and International levels.
- Distinguished Chapter Award
- Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award
- Gold Chapter Award
- Five Stars Chapter Award
- Distinguished Honors In Action Project Award
- Honors In Action Theme Award
- Distinguished Member Award – Samuel Desind
- Middle States Region Hall of Honor Chapter Officer Award
- Middle States Region Hall of Honor Chapter Member Award – Sam Desind
- Paragon Award for New Advisor – Angie Goldszmidt
- BCC Foundation – 38% of recipients in the Fall 2014 semester
- All – NJ Academic Team
- All-USA Academic Team
- Regional Alumni Scholar
- The New Century Scholar
2015 Honors In Action Project
During the past few years, mental illness became increasingly prevalent through media coverage of frequent shootings and popular television shows. As PTK students explored the frontiers of health and medicine, they learned that mental health problems affect all of society, either directly or indirectly, and are more common than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined. In a given year, one in four adults experience a mental disorder, and less than half seek treatment. In an effort to improve student research skills and expand the leadership team, the PTK leadership reached out to the college administration and together was able to create an Honors Medical Frontiers seminar conducted by the College President, Dr. Kaye Walter and the Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. William Mullaney.
Through the seminar, which was offered as a scholarship for one credit, the students examined the barriers of the healthcare system in delivering care to the mentally ill as well as addressing patients’ mental and physical needs as medical treatment is provided. To better understand the brain’s functions in relation to mental health, the students collaborated with neurosurgeons at the Hackensack University Medical Center (HMC). The students attended lectures, visited the hospital, established a shadowing program, and began the process of creating a paid internship for BCC students to conduct research at the hospital and provide IT support by designing research databases.
Through research, the students learned about the importance of treating the body and mind simultaneously while educating the public and our student body about mental health practices and resources available. To increase mental health awareness and establish activities that will help individuals cope with mental disorders, chapter leaders and members were trained in Mental Health First Aid, led a Stigma Free campaign, created weekly workout sessions for students that supported the idea of ‘active mind, active body’, established an ‘Active Minds’ chapter on campus, and hosted the regional HIA Conference where the students initiated a statewide challenge. The project influenced hundreds of students and community members in combating mental health stigma by elucidating how frontiers of exploration involves the unknown, challenges, and multiple attempts at a solution. It significantly decreased mental health stigma on campus, increased the usage of available resources, and set the foundation for future statewide events.