For the first time since 2004, the Galveston College Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Gamma chapter has achieved the honor of Five-Star status, currently making Galveston College one of three chapters in Texas to achieve this distinction.


The Galveston College PTK Sigma Gamma Chapter combined academic excellence, student involvement and engagement with community service to accomplish their objectives under the student leadership of Galveston College PTK Sigma Gamma Chapter President John Vela, Secretary Roma Emmett, Treasurer Kendra Henry, Vice President of Public Relations Kailey Hernandez-Baires, lead member Jacqueline Mitchell and member Miranda Donaldson.


“We’re proud of having achieved five-star status for Phi Theta Kappa at Galveston College,” said Vela, chapter president. “We set a goal of being involved in class, with our community, on and off campus, as well as with other PTK chapters. It’s very satisfying to see how all our efforts combined to reach five-star status.”


The chapter’s achievements include: supporting the Student Life department to successfully lead Galveston College’s Food for Thought project, where student volunteers distribute non-perishable food monthly to the student body to help alleviate the financial challenges facing students; fundraising to support Soap for Hope, a local non-profit that promotes business and soap-making skills for adults with disabilities throughout the community; collaborating with sister PTK chapters in completing leadership and business courses; implementing the college’s first all-campus Scholarship Application Night; serving at the college’s Chef Night; and volunteering for the Da Vinci event at the Galveston Children's Museum.


In addition, the Galveston College PTK chapter will conduct original research for the PTK’s Honors in Action Project titled, “The Games of Our Youth.” PTK students will conduct original quantitative research examining the emotional responses game playing has had on people’s childhood. Specifically, the types of games all ages have played and the joyful, sad, or stressful memories they might evoke in people as adults.


“The Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Gamma chapter is proud to continue the long-standing tradition of academic excellence that represents Galveston College,” said Galveston College PTK Advisor and Assistant Professor of Government, Regina Durante, Ph.D. “Our PTK students set their chapter, academic, campus and community involvement goals, and they worked hard to achieve them. I’m proud of our students, their accomplishments and for the unique distinction they brought to Galveston College.”


For more information about the Galveston College Phi Theta Kappa Sigma chapter, call 409-944-1333 or email



Galveston College was founded in 1967 and is a comprehensive community college providing the residents of Galveston Island and the surrounding region with academic, workforce development, continuing education and community service programs.