December 6, 2023

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CBC’s PTK chapter attends national conference

PTK Nerd Nation 2016[1]

Photo Cutline: PTK members and advisors from CBC eagerly await a guided tour of the United States Capitol Building from Congressman Henry Cuellar’s staff while at the NerdNation 2016 Conference in Washington, D.C.

Headline: CBC’s PTK chapter attends national conference  

Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Rho Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recently traveled to the Gaylord National Convention Center & Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland for NerdNation 2016. Students from CBC’s Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations participated in the three-day conference.

PTK members who attended the conference include:

Leana Adams

Mikayla Adams

Dustin Almaraz

Matt Cantu

Natalie Cash

Annika Godines

Sonia Landis

Sylvia Laughlin

Ben Lazo

Kaliana Meineke

Maria Moreno

Diana Munselle

April Pruneda

Joshua Schwindt

Eryka Vasquez

Vanessa Villa

Paula Walker

Nikki Zafiriou

NerdNation is an educational conference that features various guest speakers, educational forums, awards ceremonies, cultural enrichment opportunities and networking opportunities. The conference also featured renowned speakers: Author Dr. Paul G. Stoltz; PTK International President Yanik Etan; President of Queen’s College Cambridge Lord John Eatwell; and Lead Anchor of BBC World News America Katty Kay.

“CBC’s students engaged in academic discussions with their community college peers from across the nation,” said PTK Advisor Laura Yeck. “The convention promotes establishing a global perspective of the complexities that impact current world problems and the role we can each play in being a part of the solution.”

Students who attended the conference also received the opportunity to visit Washington, D. C. for a sightseeing tour. They visited the National Harbor, the Lincoln Memorial and also received a guided tour of the United States Capitol Building from Congressman Henry Cuellar’s staff.

“Students also had the opportunity to explore the museums and monuments of Washington D.C. and gained a deeper understanding of the history and legacy of the United States of America,” Yeck added.

PTK is an international academic honor society that is available at all CBC locations including Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton. This academic honor society encourages scholarship among students who are attending two-year institutions.

Students who participate in PTK receive the opportunity to exchange ideas as well as ideals, develop leadership and service skills, and generating an interest in continuing academic excellence. In order to be considered for PTK, a student is required to have successfully completed 12 hours of college courses with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above.

Information about CBC’s Rho Lambda chapter of PTK may be directed to PTK Advisor Laura Yeck at (361) 354-2570 or via email at