Nash Community College’s Gamma Beta Phi chapter inducted new members Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in a ceremony held in Brown Auditorium. Gamma Beta Phi is a national honor society emphasizing service, scholarship, and character, and aiming to broaden its members’ academic and philanthropic lives so that they might make a difference in the world. NCC’s chapter was chartered in 1975.
The organization was created by a group of southern college educators as an extension of the Beta Club, a high school honors society. Each chapter focuses their efforts on the needs of their local community, and the Society as a whole leaves a long-lasting impact on the nation through its annual national service project.
“For 33 years in broadcasting, Mr. Rogers sent messages of love, acceptance, respect, and of mental health well being. That is what he taught kids, but I believe his principles speak to adults and speak to our very honored students today,” keynote speaker, Lisa Cooper, NCC Department Chair, Humanities & Social Sciences and QEP Director said. She encouraged the inductees to remember the four principles of Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood: caring, context, consciousness and community. “We all need to be good neighbors, good Gamma neighbors,” she said, “to our family, our school, our work and ourselves.”
Each year, the NCC Gamma Beta Phi chapter sponsors service and leadership projects. New members pledged to hold fast the principles of honesty, maintaining a standard of excellence, serving humanity, and developing good character and leadership. “You are not marginal, you are above average,” NCC President Bill Carver said. “You are to be congratulated. We look forward to seeing you cross the stage and wearing your medal proudly.”
Inductees in the photo, from left: Curtis Griffin, III, Mauricio Avila, Sara Joyner, David Jones, Hannah Whitehead, Orah Pierce, Makayla Fields, Jacob Smith, Laura Louie, Abel Raya Cabrera, Azariah Farmer and Tanylia Caudle. Not pictured: Hunter Andrews, Angela Bennett, Jennifer Daniel, Adam-Augustine Griffith, Miranda Massey, Emily Savage, Gregory Sledge, Jillian Villazon and Dakota Wilson. The chapter’s 2018-2019 officers are: Vice President Ellis Perry, Treasurer Margarite Jackson and Secretary Christiana Daniels.