March 16, 2015- Albany, GA- Albany Technical College will hold their annual spring National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) induction ceremony on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, beginning at 6pm, in the Kirkland Conference Center.

NTHS is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement and technical education. The organization also offers scholarships every year to its members.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Dr. Kuanita Murphy, Executive Director of the Randolph County Family Connection, Inc. A native of Cuthbert, Georgia, Murphy is extremely involved in local, regional, and statewide initiatives. She is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief for Rural Leader magazine, a digital publication highlighting leaders in small rural communities, both nationally and abroad. She is also an author and columnist, contributing weekly for the Cuthbert Southern Tribune, The Citizens Times, and the Metro-Gazette. Her artistic career encompasses a series of prolific work, including unique two- and three-dimensional art chronicling various aspects of history.

A 1993 graduate of Randolph-Clay High School, Murphy holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in History from Valdosta State University. She also holds a Doctorate of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation title was "A Phenomenological Study on Leadership in Rural Communities." The study explored the lived experiences of rural leaders in six counties in Georgia, including Calhoun, Clay, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, and Terrell.

Fourteen Albany Tech students will be inducted at Thursday's ceremony. Students eligible for induction into the NTHS must be enrolled at Albany Tech; must have completed two consecutive quarters of coursework, a minimum of 24 credit hours; must have at least a 3.5 GPA overall and must have made no lower than a B on any course exam. Eligible students must also exemplify the personal qualities of an honor student: safety conscious; working well with others; dependable; trustworthy; responsible; honest; takes pride in work; exhibits good citizenship; and makes a neat and clean appearance. In addition, the student must be recommended by his/her advisor and must maintain the required grade average to remain a member of NTHS.

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NTHS Spring 2015