PTK - Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony



Fifty-eight LTC students were inducted into the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society on April 7 at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. Thirty-two inductees were in attendance for the ceremony. Pictured first row, left to right: Emile Doro, Kailya Nachtwey, Rachel Smith, Dena Watson, Mai Moua Yang, Mai See Xiong, Megan Jenz and Melissa Kempka. Second row, left to right: Chanise Kohls-Bruggink, Renee Wizner, LaQuanda Bailey, Denise Paul, Amy Zander, Stacy Wagner, Thaina Simoes Da Silva, Erin Becker and Jessica Kraemer.  Third row, left to right: Atiq Khan, Emily Walters, Tyler Foulk, Cassondra Meyer, Dustin Runkel, Christina Weinand, Alexis Allison-Neuaone and Lydia Soodsma. Fourth row, left to right: Bruno Silva, Carly Moulton, Alissa Kessler, Blake Schermetzler, James Worley, Andrew VerGowe and Cora Bollwahn.


Fifty-eight students from Lakeshore Technical College recently joined the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.   Thirty-two members attended the Induction Ceremony held at Lakeshore Culinary Institute on April 7.  A reception for the new inductees was held prior to the ceremony. 

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) 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 recent study of PTK members shows that they have an overall student success rate of 91 percent compared to a national success rate of just 38 percent. Not only are PTK members four times more likely to complete college than an average student, but they are nearly twice as likely to complete college as students with similar grade point averages (3.5 or higher). In addition, leadership development is a hallmark of PTK, and employers are looking for leadership skills.

A formal welcome was given by Dr. Michael Lanser, LTC President and the keynote speaker for the evening of celebration was Mary Rathsack, Accounting and Business Management Instructor at LTC.  The PTK officers presiding over the ceremony were ­­­­­Heather Wiederhold, President and Jennifer Bink, VP of College Relations.

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

Philip Fellenz

Tyler Foulk

Taylor Ivy

Cedar Grove
Dustin Runkel

Caleb Holmgren, Dawn Mervyn, Carl Powers, Rachel Smith

Fond Du Lac
Dakota Streck

Green Bay
Miranda Seitz

Howards Grove
Charles Strauss

Lauren Molloy

LaQuanda Bailey, Ayeng Her, Miranda Kiel, Christopher Koller, Jessica Kraemer, Carly Moulton, Kathryn Pierce, Tina Plansky, Tammy Seiler, Stacy Wagner, Emily Walters, James Worley and Amy Zander

Erin Becker

Amy Dougherty, Dena Watson, Sarah Woelfel

Alexi Allison-Neuaone, Betsie Anderson, Cora Bollwahn, Emile Doro, Curtis Gabrielse, Melissa Kempka, Alissa Kessler, Chanise Kohls-Bruggink, Kailya Nachtwey, Denise Paul, Bruno Silva, Thaina Simoes Da Silva, Tina Urbina, Andrew VerGowe, Tony Wiltzius, Crystal Wright, Mai See Xiong and Mai Moua Yang

Sheboygan Falls
Peter Ladwig, Christina Weinand

Two Rivers
Atiq Khan, Blake Schermetzler, Lydia Soodsma, Renee Wizner

James Stanzel

Cassondra Meyer, Connie Richgruber

West Bend
Megan Jenz, Laurin Otten


 “Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a way for us to honor students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement,” said Mary Kultgen, LTC Instructor and PTK Advisor. “In addition to the recognition, PTK offers students many scholarship opportunities, as well as opportunities to develop leadership skills and contribute to the betterment of their communities.”


 The 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 2016 PTK Spring Induction Ceremony: Rufina Garay, Associate Dean of Culinary and Hospitality; Tammie Stahl, Student Recruitment/Activities Specialist; Nancy Carman, Health Information Management Instructor; Nathan Meinnert, Assistant Restaurant Manager; Rivi Hatt, Student Support Services Director; Traci Rabe, Early Childhood Education Instructional Assistant; Lynn Owen, Health Unit Coordinator Instructional Assistant; Kathi McNellis, Psychology Instructor and Michael Reisenauer, Marketing Instructor.  



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

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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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