NO. R-84.† House concurrent resolution congratulating the Landmark College Beta Alpha Epsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

(H.C.R. 48)

Offered by:† Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Milkey of Brattleboro and Rusten of Halifax.

Offered by:† Senator White of Windham County and Senator Gander of Windham County.

Whereas, Landmark College is unique among the nationís two-year higher education institutions because of the schoolís special mission to serve exclusively students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and similar cognitive disabilities, and

Whereas, the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the nationís oldest honor society, was established in 1918 to recognize the stellar academic achievements of students attending two-year colleges, and

Whereas, the honor societyís membership criteria include both a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and a demonstrated commitment to the designated hallmark areas of leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service, and

Whereas, Phi Theta Kappa has chapters at two-year colleges nationwide, including the Beta Alpha Epsilon Chapter based at Landmark College, and

Whereas, notwithstanding the academic limitations of many Landmark students, the collegeís candidates for Phi Theta Kappa membership must satisfy the same academic and personal requirements as students seeking admission to any other chapter of this academic honor society, and

Whereas, on February 28, 2003, at the New England Regional Phi Theta Kappa Conference in Portland, Maine, the societyís Beta Alpha Epsilon Chapter was the recipient of three awards, reflecting both the chapterís and Landmark Collegeís remarkable academic achievements, and

Whereas, these honors included the Milestone Award, recognizing the chapterís extraordinary accomplishments, the Pinnacle Award presented to chapters enrolling at least 90 percent of eligible students or that increase membership by at least 10 percent over successive years, and the Five-Star Award, the society premier honor presented for a chapterís outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service, and

Whereas, these impressive awards reflect Landmark Collegeís stunning success in preparing students to enter and succeed in academia, government, and business, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:††

That the General Assembly congratulates the Beta Alpha Epsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and the dedicated faculty and students at Landmark College for whom overcoming barriers to educational success is a fundamental principle, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the president of Landmark College.