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Nicholas Cooley
English and Literature Instructor
Faculty Advisor, Beta Beta Epsilon Chapter
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: 775-753-9923
E-mail: nicholas.cooley@


Visit the Phi Theta Kappa International Web Site at

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Phi Theta Kappa at GBC

PTK 2018-10 Officer Nominations Underway

We want to encourage greater participation in Phi Theta Kappa and involve everyone in the nomination and election process this year, so we have decided to hold nominations and elections via WebCampus Inbox. Send the names of nominees directly to Faculty Advisor Nicholas Cooley at . He will contact nominees to ask if they accept the nomination. The election process will also take place on WebCampus. Dr. Cooley will let everyone know specifics when they are worked out. PTK encourages nominations from all campuses. It would be great to have officers all over Nevada.

Nominations are now open. Nominations close next Monday, October 8 at 5:00pm. For more information please contact PTK Faculty Advisor Nicholas Cooley at

What is PTK?

Phi Theta Kappa Greek Logo graphic.Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an international honor society of two-year colleges, and two-year academic programs. It's the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states and abroad. PTK is also one of the largest collegiate honors societies world-wide.

Phi Theta Kappa offers its members scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service opportunities. Members are acknowledged for their outstanding academic achievement at graduation as well as having their membership notated on their transcripts and diploma. For more information about membership benefits and to find out if Phi Theta Kappa is right for you, visit the Phi Theta Kappa International Web Site at

Phi Theta Kappa provides an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas, ideals, opportunities for the development of leadership and service, lively fellowship of scholars, and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Phi Theta Kappa is built on four pillars, or hallmarks that each chapter strives to capture in each of its activities:

  • Scholarship: Academic study or achievement; learning of a high level.
  • Leadership: The state or position of being a leader.
  • Fellowship: Friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests.
  • Service: The action of helping or doing work for someone else.


Phit Theata Kappa is represented at Great Basin College by the Beta Beta Epsilon Chapter. Our chapter's Faculty Advisor is Nicholas Cooley
English and Literature Instructor. Dr. Cooley is the new English faculty on the Elko campus. He comes to GBC from the University of Iowa, where he earned his PhD in English and taught literature. He is very pleased to be the new faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, and looks forward to learning about the group and GBC from all of us!

2018-2019 Officers

  • President: Kacie Ortiz
  • Vice President: Sandra Solis
  • Treasurer: Cindy De Leon
  • Secretary: Hailey Sealy
  • Historian/Press Release Manager: Emily Wilson

Meeting Minutes

Are There Benefits to Joining Phi Theta Kappa?

YES! Benefits of membership include:

  • Honors Diploma and Transcripts: Phi Theta Kappa members may affix the Society's Gold Diploma Seal, denoting Society membership, to their two-year college diploma and have their honor society membership noted on their college transcripts.
  • Letter of Recommendation: All Phi Theta Kappa members may request a letter of recommendation from Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters to a potential employer or college admissions official to confirm membership and leadership roles in Phi Theta Kappa. Officers will receive an enhanced letter stating their dates of service and office(s) held.
  • Scholarships: You can apply for hundreds of scholarships (over $37 million worth) as well as apply for transfer scholarships to over 600 senior institutions.
  • Recognition: Members of Phi Theta Kappa may wear the society's golden monogrammed Honors Stole and Tassel at college commencement proceedings.
  • Nota Bene: Submit your poetry, prose, and short stories to Nota Bene, the Phi Theta Kappa literary review. Not only does Nota Bene offer Society members an opportunity to be published, it also rewards the members it finds to be the five most outstanding authors with scholarships, including four $500 Reynolds Scholarships and one $1,000 Citation Scholarship.

How Do I Become a Member?

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation only. All eligible students receive an invitation to join once each spring. Invitations are sent out the semester following when criteria are met.

For More Information Contact

Nicholas Cooley
English and Literature Instructor
Faculty Advisor, Beta Beta Epsilon Chapter
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: 775-753-9923

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 4,000 students are enrolled annually online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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