Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster Phi Theta Kappa chapter took second place honors at the Ohio Honors in Action conference last weekend. The conference was hosted at Owens Community College near Toledo.
"I was thrilled that our chapter's hard work earned this recognition," said Brian Fielder, OUL PTK member. "Given that it was our first Honors in Action conference, we didn't know quite what to expect."
Phi Theta Kappa presents its collegiate chapters with a biennial Honors Study Topic to encourage chapters to explore interdisciplinary perspectives on a subject. The current Honors Topic is "The Culture of Competition". The Ohio Region of Phi Theta Kappa selected "Games People Play" as the theme for this year's conference project. Chapters were invited to select a game and research the historical, cultural, economic, social and political aspects of the game. Courtney Barnes, PTK Secretary, and Fielder presented the OUL chapter's project on Candy Land.
"They created an informative project based on a game that we all know and love," said OUL PTK Advisor Candice Thomas-Maddox. "What impressed me the most was how they analyzed the impact that lessons learned from playing Candy Land as children have had on their current personal and professional lives."
The Ohio Region of PTK consists of 37 chapters from across the state and northern West Virginia. Fourteen chapters competed in the 2013 Honors in Action Conference.