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Phi Theta Kappa

Alpha Xi Nu

Mission Statement

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity to encourage development of leadership and service, to foster an intellectual climate for an exchange of ideas and ideas, to enjoy lively fellowship with fellow scholars, and for the stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

About Us

Alpha Xi Nu is Whatcom Community College's chapter of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa is a two-year college honor society focusing on the promotion of scholarship, the development of leadership and service, and the cultivation of fellowship among qualified students of this college. To be eligible a student must attain a GPA of at least 3.5, attend a minimum of 2 quarters, and complete 12 quarter hours at this college. Members must continue to maintain a GPA of at least 3.2. Membership is by invitation only and requires a one time fee of $65. Upon receiving a letter of invitation to the honor society, students must accept the offer that quarter or wait until they receive another letter in a subsequent quarter.

Join PTK

Phi Theta Kappa accepts new members on a quarterly basis with an enrollment period held each Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters.  During each enrollment period, eligible students will receive an email invitation from PTK with instructions and passcodes for enrolling online.  PTK does not accept new membership outside of the set enrollment periods so if you missed this quarter’s enrollment deadline, you’ll need to wait for the next to become a member.  Watch your email inbox for upcoming invitations!


  • Meetings take place every Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm in Kulshan 224

Past Events

  • Quarterly Induction Ceremonies
  • Participation in National Day of Service Learning
  • Participation in Orca Day
  • Book Drive for Better World Books
  • Red Cross Bake Sale for Hurricane Sandy Relief
  • Jeans for Teens

Want to know more about Phi Theta Kappa? 

Check us out at

Faculty Advisor: Mary Hammerbeck (360) 383-3582 |

Co-Advisor: Marisa Ellis (360) 383-3324 |

Co-President: Elijah Morgan (360) 318-5223 |

Co-President: Lovissa Winyoto (360) 820-9247 |

What Our Members Say 

"Phi Theta Kappa reintroduces a concept many students have long forgotten: self-directed learning. We're given a class outline and a syllabus that says, 'This is what we will do, this is what you should learn, this is how you will be graded.' PTK instead gives members a framework that says, 'What can you do? What can you learn?' And the grading system is simply growth. What Alpha Xi Nu has to offer cannot be taught, only experienced."

~Devyn Nixon, 2010-11 Alpha Xi Nu Co-President

"PTK challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and get truly Involved with campus life. From team work, to problem solving, to leadership - my experiences in PTK gave me a level of personal confidence that I continue to carry into new challenges every day."

~Justin Woodum, 2010-11 Alpha Xi Nu Co-President