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Beth Hronek, Northwest College library coordinator, was the recent recipient of the Horizon Award from Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs.
Hronek serves as an adviser for NWC’s chapter of PTK, alongside instructor of mathematics Kerrie Spinney and assistant professor of chemistry Michael Cuddy.
“Receiving this award is a tremendous honor,” Honrek said. “Everyone is always so willing to help out when it comes to anything PTK related—like they say, many hands make light work.”
Hronek, who’s worked at NWC since 2014, has had a long history with PTK. Before coming to Powell, she was also an adviser to a local chapter at a Kentucky community college.
“It seems that when people move to a new institution, they often find another PTK organization to be part of; some things are just good, so you want to stay involved,” Hronek explained.
The Horizon Award is given by a PTK regional coordinator to a chapter adviser who has served their region well. During her involvement at NWC, Hronek has served on the Colorado/Wyoming Regional Advisory Committee and helped with programming, holding student elections and more.
PTK serves more than three million members and consists of 1,250 chapters across the U.S. and throughout the world. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for the development of leadership and service, the exchange of ideas and ideals, and the stimulation and support of continuing academic excellence among its members.