Tri-Alpha Holds Ceremony to Induct 24 New Members

Collage of photos from the 2024 Tri-Alpha induction ceremony.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s Alpha Alpha Alpha Honor Society chapter welcomed its third class of inductees during a ceremony in the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement’s Chris Smith Multipurpose Room.

The program, which took place April 11, focused on the academic achievements and shared life experiences of Alpha Alpha Alpha’s (or Tri-Alpha’s) 24 newest members. Dana Parker, chair of PCC’s Associate in General Education Department, was the ceremony’s featured speaker and emphasized the importance of self-advocacy and determination.

“The induction ceremony was a representation of how we have advanced outcomes and experiences of first-generation college students here at PCC,” said Dr. Travis Kinsey, PCC Director of TRiO Programs.

Established at Pitt in February 2022, Tri-Alpha encourages and rewards academic excellence among first-generation students, who are the first members of their families to attend college. Induction, Kinsey said, is earned through outstanding academic achievement, and membership features opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and campus and community service.

Kinsey says starting a Tri-Alpha chapter at Pitt was a continuation of the college’s efforts to increase awareness of first-generation students and make them feel at home on campus. He said PCC has excelled in that endeavor and, as a result, earned designation as an “advisory institution” by the Center for First-Generation Student Success.

“Tri-Alpha has been well received by students, staff and faculty members at PCC,” Kinsey said. “Student interest is at an all-time high. Since inception, we’ve had various service learning and leadership development opportunities for members. Our goal to encourage academic excellence and self-confidence amongst first-generation student population.”

Along with students Deanna Baker, Kimberly Baker, Carol Bellamy, Yasmine Dixon, Elissia Fisch, Kenneth Fisch, Shela Fite, William James, D. Jones, Deanna Morris, Kendra Price, Kenneth Reynolds, Adriana Romero-Argomaniz and Ailee Sickler, nine employees—Meosha Draughn, Dr. Valentina Holder, Alana Jones, Kimyarda Lawson, Alberta McGuire, Theresa Rawls, Sandra Saunders-Smith, Lita Ward and Rachel Weir—were also inducted into Tri-Alpha. Dr. Katrina Arnold, PCC Senior Director of Developmental Education and Academic Support, was inducted as an honorary member.

Induction into Tri-Alpha, which was founded in March 2018 at what is now Moravian University, is by chapter invitation for eligible first-generation college students. Induction requirements include full-time enrollment in an associate degree program, completion of at least three full-time semesters of study with a minimum of 30 curriculum credits, and an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Local chapters may induct faculty, staff and alumni, if the individuals completed a bachelor’s degree and were first-generation college students at the time they graduated. They must also have a relevant, ongoing connection to the institution granting membership, including service as a faculty or staff member, donor, board member or volunteer.

In addition to Kinsey, Don King and Cheri White serve as PCC’s Tri-Alpha advisors.