Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa, the official honor society of two-year colleges, serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through academic, leadership, and service programming.

At Rock Valley College, our chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is called Omicron Eta. Our chapter has a total membership numbering about 500. Every spring and fall, letters are sent out to all students eligible for membership. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in classes at RVC at the time of induction. In addition to the honor society, we have an active club of 25-30 members that is open to all students (see bottom of page).

Benefits of Membership:

  • Access to $35 million in transfer scholarships offered nationwide
  • Membership card & pin 
  • Official stamp on your transcripts 
  • Privilege of wearing the Phi Theta Kappa stole and tassel at graduation

Every two years, Phi Theta Kappa International unveils the Honors Study Program, which in conjunction with the International Service Program is used as the basis of chapter events and activities.

2008-2010 Honors Study Topic:
The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences

International Service Program:
Operation Green: Improving our Communities

Events & Activities

  • Hosted Satellite Seminars on the Honors Study Topic
  • Participated in Relay for Life and Making Strides 
  • Hosted  the Illinois Regional Fellowship Institute, the first such event in the country
  • Host an annual Scholarship and Leadership conference for RVC students during the spring semester

Awards & Recognitions

  • Illinois Regional President (2002, 2003)
  • International Most Distinguished Club Member (2001, 2002, 2004) 
  • International Top 25 in Scholarship (2002) 
  • Illinois Region Most Distinguished Chapter (2001, 2002)
  • Illinois Region Outstanding President (2001, 2002)
  • Illinois Region Outstanding Officer (2001, 2002) 
  • Illinois Regional President Hall of Honor Award (2004) 
  • Illinois Regional Officer Hall of Honor Award (2004) 
  • Illinois Region Outstanding Member (2004) 
  • Illinois Regional Hallmark Hall of Honor Award (2004) 
  • Illinois Regional Hallmark Award for Service (2004) 
  • Illinois Regional Recorder (2005-2006) 
  • International Hallmark Award for Leadership (2005) 
  • Illinois Regional Hallmark Award for Leadership (2005) 
  • Illinois Regional  Distinguished Member Award (2005) 
  • Illinois Regional Hall of Honor Award for Officer and President (2005)
  • Illinois Region Distinguished President (2007)
  • International Hallmark Distinguished President (2008)
  • International Service Hallmark Award (2008)
  • Distinguished Chapter International Hallmark Award (2008)
  • Top 100 Chapter International recognition (2008)
  • Illinois Region Service Hallmark Award (2008)
  • Illinois Region Leadership Hallmark Award (2008)
  • Illinois Region Distinguished President (2008)
  • Illinois Region Distinguished Officer (2008)
  • Illinois Region Distinguished Member (2008)
  • Illinois Region Leader of Promise Award (2008)
  • Five Star Chapter (2001 - President)

Phi Theta Kappa - The Club
Don't meet the eligibility requirements? Don't worry. You can join as a provisional member and participate in all club activities.

Advisor: Timothy Spielman (815) 921-4104