St. Augustine campus PTK news

SJR State’s Alpha Xi Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa brought awareness of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses to students, employees and community members last fall.  After researching the topic, members developed an informational pamphlet, which was distributed at the St. Augustine campus’ Health Day event.  The student-led organization also collaborated with the St. Johns County Mosquito Control District to host a mosquito-borne illness seminar led by entomology expert and past PTK member Christopher Bibbs on the St. Augustine campus. Over 60 students, faculty and community visitors attended the seminar, which covered the history of the Zika virus as well as symptoms, treatment and methods to control mosquito-borne illnesses.

As part of its “Honors in Action” project, which incorporates the PTK hallmarks of scholarship, leadership and service, the Alpha Xi Eta chapter focused on the issue of homelessness in St. Johns County. After researching issues and needs of the area’s homeless population, members learned that the St. Francis House, the county’s only homeless shelter, sustained significant damage from Hurricane Matthew. The chapter collaborated with other campus student organizations to organize a collection drive for non-perishable foods, personal care items, clothing, and office and school supplies to donate to the facility. “Our work with the St. Francis House opened our eyes to neighbors in need and the extent of suffering in our county,” said faculty advisor Kim Hakala, adding “It inspired us to become more involved in supporting the homeless in our community.”  Alpha Xi Eta chapter members would like to thank faculty, staff and students who contributed to the collection drive. 



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020