Congratulations to our 2016 Regional Award Winners!

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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

Honoring Outstanding Students: 2016 All-Georgia Awards

Georgia students were honored March 3, 2016, at the All-Georgia Luncheon. Keynote speaker State Representative Keisha Waites spoke on the importance of education, and described her own time as a student within Georgia’s two-year college system, and how that experience contributed to her success.

Student honorees were as follows:

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Sheila Norvell
Leah Satonica
Andrew College
Samantha Gidney

Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Oladipo Bakare
Mark Johnson

Darton State College
Zhaoling McDuffie

East Georgia State College
Damon Knighten
Hillary Davis
William Kaht

Georgia Highlands College
Roy Clifton
Stephanie Vanas
Justin Jones
Richard Twist
Laura Jordan
Hollie Lung
Kaneisha Smith

Georgia Military College
Ashley Dennis
Heather Wolff
Brad Bayless
Sarah North

Georgia Perimeter College
Yoseph Guta
Kharina Scrubb
Kyle Merrill
Thomas Nguyen
Baobsom Djakli Bougouma
Josue Ramirez
Paris Little

South Georgia State College
Charles Pridgen
Susana Rojas Mandujano
Courtney Falvo
Kolby Kicklighter

University of North Georgia
Natalie Fisher
Michelle McAdams

As always, the Georgia Region offers its sincere thanks to the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, without which this event could not happen.

All-Georgia Awards Honor Students Statewide

Students from across Georgia were honored Thursday, March 12 at the Sloppy Floyd building in downtown Atlanta, overlooking the State Capitol. Honorees were:

Katy Johnson and Ebony Missick, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Olivia Johnson, Andrew College

Jared Ford, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Shelley Brooks and Samantha Nagy, Darton State College

Sabrina Ogletree, East Georgia State College

Hannah Lively, Michael Vanderberg, Gena Carter, Hillary Rowell, Hali Bohannon, and Lindsey Miles, Georgia Highlands College

Charles Fletcher, Mary Lucas, and Shane Kiral, Georgia Military College 

Aemah Badri, Deepa Singh Thakuri, Armel Nsiangani, Rozhin Parvaresh, and Jeremy Borger, Georgia Perimeter College

Elizabeth Brown, Gwinnett Technical College

Kaitlin Spivey and Sylvia Smith, South Georgia State College

Kati Chacon, Andrena Mathis, Erica Leikvoll, and Katherine Roth, University of North Georgia

In addition, Aemah Badri of Georgia Perimeter College was selected as a 2015 New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and Kaitlin Spivey of South Georgia State College was chosen as the Coca Cola Silver Scholar, and received a $1,250 scholarship.

Each student was named to the All-Georgia Academic Team, sponsored by the Coca Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa, and receive a medallion and commemorative certificate. In attendance were college administrators and students from across the state. Kaleb Wilkes, an alumnus of South Georgia State College, served as keynote speaker.

To be eligible for this honor, students must be nominated by their college to the All-Georgia Academic Team.  Nominees are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and outstanding academic performance. Students nominated become eligible for the All-USA Academic Team, the Coca-Cola New Century Scholars Scholarship, and the All-USA Community College Academic Team and Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team scholarships. These programs award over $300,000 in scholarships every spring.

2015 Regional Awards Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 Regional Awards Winners!

2015 Spring Regionals

Chapter Awards

Honors in Action, Theme 3: Quests of Human Expression
Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Honors in Action, Theme 4: Exploring the Natural Environment
Alpha Rho Omega, South Georgia State College

Honors in Action, Theme 7: Health and Medicine as Frontiers
Alpha Psi Omicron, Georgia Highlands College

Distinguished Honors in Action Project
Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Distinguished College Project
Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Distinguished Chapter Award
Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Distinguished Chapter Officer Team
Kappa Sigma, South Georgia State College

Member, Officer, and Advisor Awards

Distinguished Chapter Officer
Janet Walker, Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Distinguished Chapter Officer
Shane Kiral, Beta Sigma Sigma, Georgia Military College

Regional Awards

Georgia Distinguished Administrator
Dr. Renva Watterson, Alpha Psi Omicron, Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Distinguished Administrator
Dr. Cynthia Evers, Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Georgia Distinguished Alumnus
Curtis Todd, Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Georgia Hall of Honor
Shelby Joji, Alpha Chi Delta, Augusta Technical College

Georgia Hall of Honor
Samuel Yeomans, Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Sarah Anne Staples Award
Janet Walker, Beta Beta Tau, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Horizon Award
Carrie Holzmeister, Beta Sigma Sigma, Georgia Military College, Columbus

Horizon Award
Ame Wilkerson, Kappa Sigma, South Georgia State College

Brenau University to Attend Fall Regionals

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Brenau University Presents
New Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship at Autumn Regionals

 

Tell us a little bit about Brenau University? Why should Phi Theta Kappa students consider attending?

Located in Gainesville, Georgia, fifty miles outside of Atlanta, nestled in the foothills of the Brenau 3Blue Ridge Mountains and with over a 135 year 
tradition, Brenau University excels in offering well-rounded, career-focused,
 experience-based education that is relevant for the 21st century.
 With the ability to parlay your two-year degree (Associate of Arts or Associate
of Science from regionally accredited schools) via our blanket transfer policy
 into one of our many baccalaureate degree programs, you can rest assured that
 you are receiving a degree that will challenge you to think critically, develop
problem-solving and communication skills. Additionally, with a
 student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1 you will receive the personal academic
attention you deserve to ensure your success.

Phi Theta Kappans are excellent students who are great at competition for scholarships. Does Brenau have a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship?

For applicants that are members of Phi Theta Kappa or have recently been admitted to 2013 Bid Daythis honor society, Brenau University is pleased to announce a new scholarship that is awarded to transfer students applying to one of our day-based, full-time undergraduate programs. For qualified candidates, this means that you may be eligible for a $4,000/semester PTK scholarship (maximum of $8,000 per academic year and up to a total of four semesters for renewal). Current membership in the PTK organization is required. The scholarship can be combined with either athletic, fine art or health science related scholarships. It’s also renewable–up to four semesters.

That sounds like a great scholarship! How does that impact overall tuition costs?

Commuter tuition rate for our Gainesville Day programs are $12,190/semester. Residential student tuition rate is $18,389/semester and includes R&B, technology and safety/security fees.

How do students indicate they are interested in applying for scholarships when they apply for admittance?

Students simply provide us with proof of their current PTK membership or acceptance letter into the organization.

Do you have any four year honors organizations on campus, for students to join once they’re studying with you?

Absolutely. The Honors Program follows students throughout the tenure of their collegeBrenau 1 career. Special classes are reserved for honors students are taught in an enriched manner, affording these students an approach to their general education courses, which enables them to study these subjects at an advanced level. For more information, contact Dr. Winter Elliott, Honors Programs, welliott@brenau.edu.

What about accelerated or combined bachelor’s and master’s programs? Those can appeal to Phi Theta Kappans.

We offer a full-time, day-based MBA program in the summer that does not have a work requirement. The MBA program is designed to be completed in one year and consists of 30 semester hours.

Is there anything else Phi Theta Kappans should know that will explain Brenau’s appeal?

Move In Day for the class of 2017Brenau University prides itself in offering a unique environment to help cultivate an atmosphere of academic excellence, support and leadership opportunities. The size of our university allows for effective faculty-student engagement, where professors understand the personal and professional goals of each student. Also, with a global perspective, there are study abroad opportunities for students to travel to China, western Europe and Mexico annually.

Where should our students go online to apply?

Students may apply online at www.brenau.edu/apply and there is currently no application fee.

Time for Regionals!

Advisors, Regionals is next week! Here is all the information you need to complete your registration:

REMINDER:

Some of you have sent in registrations. Some have sent emails letting us know you are coming. Please send in your registration forms ASAP. We need the counts for the caterer. If you have any questions let me know.

The Phi Theta Kappa Georgia Region Fall Conference is right around the corner. We hope your chapter will make plans to attend. Attached is the registration form. Please complete and return it as soon as possible. You may send the payment later.

A few notes of interest:

  • The conference will be held at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. The address of the college is 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707. Directions can be found here http://www.darton.edu/visitors/directions.php
  • Registration and check-in will be in Building C – Student Center between 3 – 5 pm on Friday, November 7th . Activities will begin at 5 pm. Signs will be posted on campus to help you locate the building and parking.
  • Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and Saturday dinner will be furnished by the Chi Xi chapter.
  • There will be two options for Saturday night activities. Please indicate which option will be best for your chapter by making a note on the registration form.
  • If you would like to save the cost of hotel rooms on Saturday night, you may select the option of leaving after activities at approximately 7 pm.

If the majority choose to stay Saturday night, additional fellowship activities will be held at Darton after 7 pm.

Rooms will be available at the following hotel:

BEST WESTERN Albany Mall Inn & Suites
2729 Pointe North Boulevard
Albany, Georgia, 31721-1586, US
Phone: 229-446-2001
Fax: 229-446-4656

Please note the following important information: Rooms must be booked by the 24th of October to get the block booking rate of $69.99. If they are booked after that date, they go to $79.99.

The first 20 rooms are non-smoking 2 queen rooms. After the 20 are taken, the remaining would be smoking 2 queen rooms.

Please call the hotel directly and ask for the “PTK” rate. Each chapter is responsible for booking their own rooms.

We look forward to seeing you there!

University of West Georgia to speak about Georgia’s only Public Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

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University of West Georgia offers Go West
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

The University of West Georgia is the first, and only, public university in Georgia offering a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship. Katie Taylor, the Assistant Director of Transfer admissions, who will be speaking at our Fall 2014 Regionals, was eager to tell us more about why UWG chose to support Phi Theta Kappa, and why our students should choose to “Go West.”

Tell us a little bit about the University of West Georgia? What makes you a great fit for Phi Theta Kappa students?

The University of West Georgia is an ever-growing, diverse university. We exceeded _TEP5786_030512,000 enrolled students this fall semester, including students from 44 states and 75 countries. We offer 645 sprawling acres to accommodate our growing student population since we are one of the few colleges in the state that has seen continuous growth over the past few years. There are 93 programs of study from the bachelors to doctoral level, including concentrations, so there is something from which to choose for everyone.

We were very excited to hear that the University of West Georgia had created a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship. What prompted that decision?

Phi Theta Kappa got in touch with us and said that a student had told them they wished UWG had a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. We hadn’t considered it before, but once we realized that there wasn’t another public university in Georgia that offered a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship, only private colleges, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to serve our prospective students, and offer the scholarship they were looking for!

Tell us more about the scholarship. What are the criteria to be eligible?

melsonThe recipient must be a US resident, have earned an associate’s degree, and hold a 3.5 GPA or higher based on admissions calculations—which includes transferable coursework only. Students are also required to submit a resume, essay, and letter of reference from their Phi Theta Kappa advisor at the time they apply for the scholarship. And it’s important to know that it’s a stackable award, which means you can use it with other scholarships!

Okay, time for the big question: how much is the scholarship worth?

Our current 2014-2015 in-state tuition is $2,549 per semester (based on 15 hour enrollment) + $929 in mandatory fees per semester. Housing and meal plans are additional, if the scholarship recipient opts to live in an on-campus residency hall. Based upon the two-semester, 15 hour enrollment tuition and mandatory fees totaling $6,956*, the scholarship would cover $4,000—split as $2,000 per semester.

*This is the 2014-2015 tuition and mandatory fees, which are effective through Summer 2015; therefore, tuition costs could change effective Fall 2015, when the scholarship is available.

That’s a fantastic scholarship! How do students indicate they are interested in the Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship when they apply for admittance?

First, apply for admittance to UWG. Once accepted, Phi Theta Kappa students can apply online for the scholarship at www.westga.edu/scholarships, through our Scholarship Portal. The fall semester deadline is February 1st. Those selected as scholarship nominees will be invited to our Scholarship Day for the interview process, held on President’s Day, which will be February 16, 2015.

Anything else that our students should know about their scholarship opportunities with UWG?

We offer a variety of incoming student scholarships, including a general Transfer Foundation Scholarship. Transfer students are also eligible to apply for General Student Scholarships, via Financial Aid (www.westga.edu/finaid). Those Current Student Scholarship applications are due by March 1st each year.

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Phi Theta Kappa students love to be involved on their campuses and in their communities. Do you have any four-year honors organizations on campus?

We have over 150 different student organizations, including honors, Greek, government, major specific organizations, religious organizations, political groups, and so on. There’s something for everyone.

Is there anything else you think our students would be interested in?

Something that makes UWG very special is that we were the first (and for a while, the Intramural 0168only) Honors College in the state of Georgia. Even now, only one other school in the state has an honors college. Transfer students are welcome to apply. If you’re a member, your class size is capped at 16, and you’ll have many opportunities for undergraduate research. Some of our students travel across the country presenting their research at conferences. If you complete a certain number of honors courses you’ll graduate with an Honors Diploma, in addition to the diploma for your major. More information on the Honors College and their admission requirements (separate from General Admissions) can be found at www.westga.edu/honors.

Where should our students go online to apply?

Admissions: go.westga.edu
Incoming Student Scholarships: www.westga.edu/scholarships
General Student Scholarships: www.westga.edu/finaid

Huge thanks from the Georgia Region to Katie Taylor and all of the rest of the transfer staff at the University of West Georgia.

Spring 2013 Regional Conference Reminder!

Time is running out. Reserve now!

Please see information below about our spring regional. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. We really hope to see many of you there. The location is central so it won’t be too far of a drive for anyone!

Phi Theta Kappa Georgia Spring Regional Convention

March 8-9, 2013

Georgia Military College
201 E. Greene St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Regional Officers candidates
If your chapter plans to run for one of our regional officer positions please send Regional Coordinator Frank Malinowski an email stating your intention as soon as possible. Positions available are listed with their main responsibilities. Please note that each office will have additional responsibilities.
• President, hosts the spring 2014 regional convention
• Vice President, hosts the fall 2013 regional conference
• Secretary, updates the website and Facebook page
• Chapter Relations, responsible for building and improving working relationships between chapters

Regional Officer benefits
• Leadership development opportunities
• One scholarship per position for the June 2013 Honors Institute in Philadelphia, PA at Villanova University ($1000 value)
• Opportunities to travel to different chapters in our region

Rooms are still available at the Holiday Inn Express. $75 per night includes continental breakfast. Need to register by February 28 and ask specifically for Phi Theta Kappa rooms. Call 478-454-9000 to make your reservation.

Please don’t forget your tax exempt forms, if applicable.

Check-in on campus is 4:00pm
First session (dinner) begins at 5:30pm
Conference ends Saturday night after the regional awards banquet.

Registration: $85.00 per person

Make Checks Payable to GMC PTK
Tax ID: 58-0616992

Contact Person:
Celes Mason

Georgia Region gets ready for Spring Regionals

Spring Regionals are only two weeks away!

Regional Officer Austin Vickers, Chi Xi President Amber Miller, and Erica Roberson sign the C4 Banner at the Autumn 2012 Georgia Regionals.

Regional Officer Austin Vickers, Chi Xi President Amber Miller, and Erica Roberson sign the C4 Banner at the Autumn 2012 Georgia Regionals.

Georgia Military College in Milledgeville is excited to be hosting the Georgia Region for this year’s Spring Regional conference. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow Phi Theta Kappans, learn more about the excellent programs available to members, and enjoy some fellowship.

South Georgia State College's Travis Wehmeier, Erica Roberson,and Austin Vickers at the 2012 Georgia Autumn Regionals

South Georgia State College’s Travis Wehmeier, Erica Roberson,and Austin Vickers at the 2012 Georgia Autumn Regionals

Don’t forget, Saturday evening is also when Regional Awards are given! Bring your dressy outfits and prepare to shine!

Chi Xi at Spring Regionals, 2012

Regional Coordinator and Chi Xi Advisor Frank Malinowski, and officers and members Steven Barrera, Dani Shemery, Amber Miller, Chris Dervan, Courtney Mason, Jessica Word, and Heather Herbert, celebrating after Spring Regionals, 2012.

Need to book a hotel room? The Holiday Inn Express is still available at $75 per night, including continental breakfast. You’ll need to register by the 28th of February and ask specifically for the Phi Theta Kappa rooms. Call 478 454 9000 to make your reservation.