MCC Earns Phi Theta Kappa New England Region Recognition

MANCHESTER, Conn. (April 11, 2022) – Manchester Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter took home several awards from the New England Regional Spring Conference held at Asnuntuck Community College late last month.

The national honor society for associate degree students recognized MCC’s chapter with the Phi Theta Kappa Five Star and Reach Awards. MCC’s chapter also scored Third Place each for the Honors in Action Project and College Project Awards, and also placed for the Most Distinguished Chapter Award.

In addition, MCC’s Most Distinguished Member is Jaime-Lynn Miller, of Ellington, who is majoring in business administration. She is slated to graduate this May with plans to continue her studies at the University of Hartford to earn a bachelor’s degree in management. Miller has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since 2019 and serves as MCC chapter vice president of finance.

For the College Project, chapter students commissioned New York-based artist Zeph Farmby ( to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art that will reflect thematic elements of diversity, equity and community. The painting will be exhibited at MCC, and the students are planning an unveiling event upon completion of the piece.

“We are aiming to highlight and contribute to local minority-owned businesses,” according to Nick Hirth, of Coventry, who is majoring in graphic design and currently serving as Alpha Upsilon Alpha president. “We’re planning to invite vendors, guest speakers, musical acts and charity/activist groups to help celebrate and highlight our local minority communities and raise awareness of the injustices going on around the country and in our communities.”

The Honors in Action Project began late last year, as the chapter sent out a survey to MCC students to gather data on their experiences at MCC and other educational establishments with the goal of using their input to make decisions on improvements to the campus environment. “The results were certainly eye-opening,” Hirth said. “We met as a chapter and compiled a list of improvements that can help make our campus more accessible, more easily navigated and better educated about the needs of current and upcoming generations of students and faculty.”

About Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Upsilon Alpha Chapter

Founded in November 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is an internationally acclaimed honor society recognizing the academic achievement of associate degree students. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among these college students. MCC’s

Alpha Upsilon Alpha was founded as a chapter in May 1991 and has a proud history on campus. The Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter continues to promote scholarship, develop leadership and service, and cultivate fellowship among qualified students at Manchester Community College.