Congratulations to our 2016 Regional Award Winners!

Region

Congratulations to our outstanding regional award winners for 2016:

Chapter Awards:

Distinguished Chapter
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Distinguished Chapter Officer Team
Alpha Beta Gamma
Georgia Perimeter College

Distinguished College Project
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Distinguished Honors in Action Project
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Honors in Action Award, Theme 1 – Nature of the Quest
Alpha Rho Omega
South Georgia State College

Honors in Action Award, Theme 2 – Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Honors in Action Award, Theme 3 – Quests of Human Expression
Alpha Beta Gamma
Georgia Perimeter College

Honors in Action Award, Theme 4 – Exploring the Natural Environment
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Honors in Action Award, Theme 7 – Health and Medicine as Frontiers
Beta Sigma Sigma
Georgia Military College

Member, Officer, and Advisor Awards:

Distinguished Chapter Officer
Justin Jones
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Distinguished Chapter Member
Ajah Ochoa
Alpha Beta Gamma
Georgia Perimeter College

Distinguished Advisor
Michelle Geisert
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Regional Awards:

Georgia Hall of Honor
Christin Koutavas
Alpha Psi Omicron
Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Hall of Honor
Nicholas Vaz
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Sarah Anne Staples Award
Michelle Geisert
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Georgia Distinguished Administrator
Larion Williams
Beta Beta Tau
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Congratulations to Justin Jones on his Publication in “Nota Bene.”

Our congratulations go out to Justin Jones, chapter president for Georgia Highlands, and a Georgia Regional Officer. His poem, “Lunacy,” was selected for publication in the 2014 edition of Nota Bene. 2014 is the third year in a row a Georgia member has been featured.

Visit the Nota Bene archive to read Justin’s poetry, as well as other superb poems, short stories, and essays. Again, huge congratulations to Justin for his accomplishment!

Award Winning Projects

HiA Award

Beta Beta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa,
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Honors in Action: Issue One-It’s All in Your Mind: Foundations of Competition/Competition and Psychology

Honors in Action Project:  The Peer (Attitude) Trap – Bullying

We have all heard stories about how parents try to provide an unfair advantage for their children in a variety of areas (education, athletics, the arts, etc.). This project brings the problem of “cheating parents” to the forefront by investigating the foundations of competition and calls for increased awareness and implementation of remedies to this problem. What we did was look at how bullying has impacted children, as well as adults in the home, workplace and school. We researched the emotional and physical impact of bullying and the resources available to bring awareness to this problem and solutions.

Our team looked as not just the psychological effects but the social effects of bullying as well. We divided our research into three areas, school, family, and workplace. With the collaboration of the instructors of our Social Sciences Division, we presented a panel discussion on bullying, offered resources and handouts to our campus life and the community. Bullying

Distinguished HiA

Beta Beta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

The Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award recognized the top chapters whose entries demonstrated excellence in academic research, leadership roles, service learning and collaboration.

Beta Beta Tau’s Honor in Action team kept the HiA rubrics to the forefront as we developed our topic. Where we were asked for 8-10 resources in total, we set a goal for 8-10 for each phase of our research, which included websites, books, journals and databases. Each phase of our study topic had a different leader. We developed and included the following as part of our study topic.

Leadership Development:

  • Workshop by Social Sciences faculty on survey/interview techniques
  • Seminar on public presentation/discussion moderation techniques by Speech/Communications professor
  • Workshop by Academic/Library faculty on research methods and citation
  • Project Management videos in Competitive Edge

Leadership Roles:

  • Developing a chapter research team
  • Serving as panel discussion moderator(s)
  • Recruiting and coordinating the presenters
  • Publicity and public relations for the event
  • Event planning

Collaboration:

  • Education, Social Sciences, Librarians, professors and other educators in my community
  • Professional organizations in my community
  • Education/academic clubs/organizations on AMSC campus
  • Parent/teacher organizations in the community
  • Phi Theta Kappa members during chapter meetings about organizing several informational anti-bullying displays on campus

Our chapter may have developed the study topic, but we were all inclusive in the delivery of it, so the benefit was not just campus-wide but community-wide.

Distinguished Chapter

The Distinguished Chapter Award recognizes chapters that submit Hallmark entries in both the Honors in Action Project and the College Project. The average of the two scores determines the top 10 percent of the overall ranking of all chapters.

These scores are determined by an independent panel of judges, both in the region and internationally. You must make sure that you look at the rubrics and determine if you have achieved the highest points possible for each project. Before we submitted our Hallmark entries, we review our entries and had others not associated with the chapter review them and rank them according to the rubric points. This gave us an opportunity to tweet and/or improve on what we had. Diversity and going beyond what is expected makes good submissions.

Tips and Suggestions

Continue to develop opportunities not just within the chapter but outside the chapter. Determine the strengths and weaknesses of your members. Allow every member an opportunity to develop and learn leadership skills by delegation. Set small short-term goals that everyone can develop. Encourage members and non-members to complete the Leadership Study program through Facebook. And for members to complete the Five-Star Competitive Edge program. Make sure that your chapter is well rounded in activities that promote service, leadership, fellowship, and scholarship.

Photos and Written Summary Submitted by Janet Walker, Regional Officer of Chapter Relations. 

Five Star Chapter Development: Time to Submit your Goals!

Have you set your chapter’s Five Star Chapter Development goal yet?

The start of the college year is a great time to make plans to aim for Premier Star, Two, Three, or even Five Star status! Remember, your chapter’s normal activities throughout the course of the year all contribute to what status your chapter can achieve, so you may find that you’re further along than you thought.

Remember to log in to http://www.ptk.org/fivestar to check your status, set your goal, and see how far you’ve come already!

 

Alpha Psi Omicron’s Gene Thacker Memorial Cleanup

Georgia Highlands chapter Alpha Psi Omicron recently participated in the Gene Thacker Memorial Cleanup:

Alpha Psi Omicron President Amelia Bagwell with Green Highlands Adviser Professor Rediger

Group photo at the Gene Thacker Memorial Cleanup on April 27th at the Cartersville Campus of GHC

Pictures from The Gene Thacker Memorial Cleanup (Great American Cleanup) on April 27th

Georgia Region Stars

Georgia Region, it looks like the numbers are in! Did your chapter set a Five Star Chapter Development goal this year? These are this year’s results:

FIVE STAR CHAPTERS
Athens Technical College, Alpha Tau Zeta Chapter
Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Beta Beta Tau Chapter
Darton State College, Chi Xi Chapter
South Georgia State College, Kappa Sigma Chapter

FOUR STAR CHAPTERS
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Omega Delta Chapter
College of Coastal Georgia, Omicron Omega Chapter
Georgia Highlands College, Alpha Psi Omicron Chapter

THREE STAR CHAPTERS
Gainesville State College, Rho Mu Chapter
South Georgia State College, Alpha Rho Omega Chapter

TWO STAR CHAPTER
Middle Georgia State College, Beta Epsilon Kappa Chapter

PREMIER STAR CHAPTERS
Andrew College,Theta Lambda Chapter
Augusta Technical College, Alpha Chi Delta Chapter
Georgia Military College, Alpha Omicron Epsilon Chapter
Georgia Military College, Beta Zeta Alpha Chapter

We are so proud of every chapter that set a goal, and especially those who met or exceeded them! Now is the time to determine your goals for the coming year. Do you need help deciding what star the chapter should aim for? We’d love to help!

If you notice any discrepancy between our list and the level you believe your chapter has achieved, please let us know.

Darton State College’s Chi Xi Chapter Welcomes New Inductees

— Albany, GA, February 15, 2013

Darton State College congratulates its new inductees into the Chi Xi chapter. With over 150 guests and inductees in attendance, Chi Xi advisors Frank Malinowski and Nicole Jones were delighted to welcome the newest members of the chapter into the fellowship of Phi Theta Kappa, celebrating the students’ dedication to scholarship, leadership, and service.

Chi Xi Advisor Nicole Jones, Chapter President Amber Miller, and Chapter Advisor and Regional Coordinator Frank Malinowski welcome new inductees.

Chi Xi Advisor Nicole Jones, Chapter President Amber Miller, and Chapter Advisor and Regional Coordinator Frank Malinowski welcome new inductees.

Welcome to Andrew College’s Theta Lambda Chapter inductees!

– from Theta Lambda Advisor, Karan Pittman

2013 Theta Lambda Members

Theta Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa celebrates its 60th anniversary on the Andrew College campus this May. At the Spring Semester 2013 Induction Ceremony, Advisor Karan Pittman spoke to the students on the ideals of Phi Theta Kappa – Wisdom, Aspiration, Purity.

Officers and students have been busy in 2012-2013. In the Fall Semester, the Theta Lambda students distributed pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness, painted children’s faces at the Randolph Crossroads Festival and sponsored the Great American Smokeout on the campus. The year ended with an Old Main Birthday Party in November in conjunction with “Dancing with the Faculty”.

Projects for Spring Semester 2013 include a Don’t Text and Drive Campaign, Seminar Day, Community College Completion and the Life Raft Debate. In April, the chapter will raise money for alum Neida Soto, who plans to bicycle across the country, stopping to build homes, with “Bike And Build”.

Theta Lambda members continue to take on new challenges and to initiate new ideas on the Andrew College campus

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honorary society for two year colleges in the nation with over two million members. Approximately 1200 chapters have been chartered within the United States and United States territories. Over 100,000 members are inducted annually.

2012-2013 Theta Lambda Officers: Giovanni West, Public Relations; Bryan Ordonez, Vice-President Service; Logan Strickland, Vice-President, Scholarship; Danielle Morgan, Vice-President, Fundraising; Andres Chapparo, President; Linda Clark, Secretary

2012-2013 Theta Lambda Officers: Giovanni West, Public Relations; Bryan Ordonez, Vice-President Service; Logan Strickland, Vice-President, Scholarship; Danielle Morgan, Vice-President, Fundraising; Andres Chapparo, President; Linda Clark, Secretary