The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society has selected Clatsop Community College's Pi Phi chapter to host the annual regional PTK conference May 1-3, 2004. Activities at the three-day event will focus on scholarship, fellowship, service and leadership.

"This is quite an honor, and we're excited," said Liz Hylton, one of two Pi Phi Chapter faculty advisors at CCC.

Clatsop is part of the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region, which includes all of Oregon, southern Idaho and Utah. About 80 to 90 people are expected to attend.

Pi Phi chapter President David Grimberg, Vice-President Brent Gudge and faculty advisor Debbie Kaspar put in a bid to host the conference when they attended this year's Western Leadership Conference. Their presentation persuaded 10 of the 14 chapters attending to vote for CCC.

Part of the conference will be devoted to PTK Hallmark Awards. Students compete by writing essays and giving presentations of their chapters' accomplishments. CCC's Pi Phi chapter members plan to compete for the Milestone Award for "most improved" chapter.

To join the PTK Honor Society, students must have completed 24 credits toward their degree. They can be full- or part-time students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The other 2003-2004 Pi Phi Chapter officers are Shawn Holmes, secretary, and Xiaohong Liu, treasurer.

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