PTK honor society welcomes new members at Lakeshore Technical College



PTK members

34 LTC students were inducted into the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society on April 2. First Row, L to R, Sarah Switzer, Blia Lee, Jacob Henschel, Heather Wiederhold, Brenda Dehlke, Lois Posvic, Brenda Blaser, Catherine Booth, Michelle Del Ponte.  Second Row: Amy Greger, Melissa Witzeling, Joel Schlei, Brianna Sprague, Matthew Carpenter, Samantha Ruppel, Beckie Goetsch, Shanna Ruppel, Nancy Richardson.  Third row: Michael Rach, Kyle Calvert, Andrew Liebhard, Lisa Seefeldt, Matt Schultz, Theodore Schmidt, Paula Bergen, John Vaughn.


Thirty-four students from Lakeshore Technical College were inducted into the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society on April 2 at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute.  A reception for the new inductees was held prior to the ceremony.

Phi Theta Kappa has become one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies in higher education. PTK is the only honor society that serves two-year colleges offering associate degree programs. Membership is based primarily on academic excellence and is extended by invitation only.

A formal welcome was given by Dr. Michael Lanser, LTC President and the keynote speaker for the evening of celebration was Dr. Victor Schuller, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor at LTC. Students were welcomed to membership by all PTK officers.

New PTK members are listed by their Wisconsin hometown unless otherwise noted and include:

Adam Feld

Jacob Henschel and James Quinn

Matthew Carpenter, Michelle Del Ponte, Blia Lee, Joel Schlei, Brianna Sprague and Keith Yelmene

Angela Steinhaus

Samantha Ruppel

Paula Bergen, Brenda Blaser, Kyle Calvert, Nicole Gaus, Beckie Goetsch, Amy Greger, Jennifer Lesch, Andrew Liebhard,  Michael Rach, Nancy Richardson, Shanna Ruppel, Theodore Schmidt, Lisa Seefeldt, Heather Wiederhold and Melissa Witzeling

Sheboygan Falls
Lance Latsch, Sarah Switzer and John Vaughn

Two Rivers
Catherine Booth, Brenda Dahlke and Lois Posvic

Matt Schultz

West Bend
Jacob Lawrence

 “Membership in PTK offers opportunities that go well beyond a student’s time in college,” said Sue Kinneston, PTK Advisor and LTC Testing Services Manager.  “In addition to scholarships and special recognition at graduation time, PTK members can gain valuable leadership skills by being active in the chapter to enhance their resume.”

PTK Advisors are Sue Kinneston, LTC Testing Services Manager and Mary Kultgen, LTC Instructor.

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Outcomes report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.

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