PTK honor society welcomes new members at Lakeshore Technical College



Forty seven LTC students were inducted into the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society on November 6 at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. Nineteen inductees were in attendance for the ceremony. Pictured first row, Left to Right: Amanda Boor, Amber Clark, Amanda Fernandez, Amanda Adelman, Tina Castilo, Debbie Dirks, Linda Pentke, Sheri McGee and Samantha Kluck. Second Row, left to right: Sara DesArmo, Janet Blohowiak, Ricky Gensch, Jason Gunderson, Jason Schema, Heather Colbath, Maxine Becker, Jacquelyn Cogswell, Jason Herzog, Dawn Higgins and Maria Joose.



Forty seven students from Lakeshore Technical College were inducted into the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society on November 6 at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. A reception for the new inductees was held prior to the ceremony. Nineteen inductees were in attendance for 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. Cindy Ellenbecker, Written Communications and Sociology Instructor at LTC. The PTK officers presiding over the ceremony were Heather Wiederhold, VP of Leadership; Matt Carpenter, VP of Fundraising; Sam Ruppel, VP of Membership; Shanna Ruppel, VP of Scholarship and Lisa Seefeldt, President.

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

Samantha Kluck

Fond du Lac
Jeffrey Blau

Maxine Becker and Jason Schema

Sara DesArmo

Amanda Adelmann, Alec Dose, Dennis Franz, Jason Gunderson, and Adam Pabian

Seneca Avina

New Holstein
Jennifer Hofschild

Sydney Schmitz and Jennifer Schneider

Maria Joosse, Dmytro Glazunov

Amber Clark

Benjamin Propson and John Puls

Amanda Boor, Tina Castillo, Heather Colbath, Debbie Dirks, Jennifer Duening, Christopher Fenner, Amanda Fernandez, Jalesa Freese, Ricky Gensch, Dawn Higgins, Sheri McGee, Sarah Montanez, Linda Moua, Anna Pittner, Terri Saxe, and Stacy Tharaldson

Sheboygan Falls
Linsay Watkins

Two Rivers
Janet Blohowiak, Jacquelyn Cogswell, Stephanie Leonhard, Crystal Nienow, Christina Onderbeke, Linda Penke, Judy Reed and Angela Williams

Jason Herzog

Anna DeGroff and Mary Eresh

“Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage scholarship at the two year colleges and provide an opportunity for leadership, intellectual exchange of ideas and ideals, lively fellowship and stimulation for continuing academic excellence,” said Dr. Cindy Ellenbecker. “To that end, Phi Theta Kappa is all about achieving greatness.”

Phi Theta Kappa’s theme this year is “See Your Greatness”. This year, new PTK inductees were asked to select an LTC staff or faculty member who was influential in helping achieve their educational goals and lifelong dreams. The following recipients were honored at the 2014 PTK Fall Induction Ceremony: Laurie Adelman, Administrative Professional/Graphic & Web Design Instructor; Doug Hamm, Human Resources Administration Instructor; Kerry Hamm, Clinical Nursing Instructor and Jonathan Weiss, Hotel and Hospitality Management Instructor.

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.<.p>

LTC, a nationally recognized technical college, was recently named a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. The college was also ranked the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, the #3 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #9 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.

Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $46,800 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

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