The Arkansas State University-Newport chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will hold its first “Commit to Complete College” rally Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Student/Community Center.

The rally is designed to motivate students to affirm and reaffirm their commitment to completing their collegiate goals.  Students will be asked to take the C4 pledge and sign a commemorative banner. The event, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Medallion dining area of the Student/Community Center, will include pizza, games, music, give-aways (including t-shirts) and much more to those in attendance. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Challenge, a national education initiative. Learn more at . In April 2010 leaders of six national organizations representing the nation's 1,200 community colleges signed The Call to Action, a pledge to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was the only student organization asked to participate. Phi Theta Kappa launched the Community College Completion Corps in response to this call. At the 2010 White House Summit for Community Colleges President Obama called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of a goal to restore the United States as the world's leader in college graduates. The U.S. is now ranked 16th among industrialized countries in the percentage of citizens holding higher education credentials. Students who complete their degrees or certificates will earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not complete. In addition, individuals with credentials are less likely to become unemployed than their co-workers who did not earn credentials. For more information about the rally, contact Amber Grady, ASUN Counselor, at 870-512-7890, or by email at Arkansas State University-Newport is a degree granting community college with campuses in Jonesboro, Marked Tree and Newport, Arkansas.  It is a part of the Arkansas State University System.  For more information about what is going on at ASU-Newport, visit us on our Facebook page, where you will find news and photos highlighting achievements and events at all three campuses.  Follow us on Twitter at @ASUNewport for quick information about what is going on at ASUN.