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!

Mount Mary University Offers Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Mount Mary University

It pays to be a Phi Theta Kappan!

Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is offering a Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Award worth $1,500 towards tuition at Mount Mary every year. Transfer students may also be eligible to receive a transfer scholarship worth up to $10,500 per year!

Mount Mary University offers women a small learning environment focused on creativity with access to faculty, research and endless opportunities. Our goal is to make a private education affordable and to make the transfer process simple and seamless for our students. Each potential transfer student is assigned a specific transfer admission counselor to evaluate her credits and help her through the admission process.

Interested in applying? Applications are free, and available online!

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,

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 and there is currently no application fee.

Congratulations to Georgia’s Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars

The Georgia Region is proud to honor the following members:

Jana Hamilton — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Mary Lucas — Georgia Military College, Augusta
Ralph Mueller — Darton State College
Sharon Rice — Georgia Highlands College, Marietta
Michael Vanderberg — Georgia Highlands College, Cartersville

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs.

The program awards up to 200 scholarships of $1,000 each, a total of $200,000 in scholarships annually. Of these awards, 25 scholarships are earmarked for current members of the military or military veterans.

Members may begin applying for this scholarship in March, and applications are due in May each year. An independent team of judges reviews the applications to determine scholarship recipients.

For more information and to see a complete list of winners, visit:

Time for Regionals!

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


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
  • 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, 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 ( Those Current Student Scholarship applications are due by March 1st each year.


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

Where should our students go online to apply?

Incoming Student Scholarships:
General Student Scholarships:

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

Georgia Members Attend 2014 Honors Institute

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Students from the Georgia Region attended the 2014 Honors Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. They joined approximately 500 members, advisors and alumni for an intensive five-day exploration of the 2014-2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration, with presentations by speakers from a variety of disciplines as well as small group discussions in seminar sessions, city as text by exploring the gateway to the west with a visit to the Gateway Arch, the historic Old Courthouse, and a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River.

This year’s event was held in St. Louis, Missouri and provided the attendees opportunities to hear world-renowned speakers such as character actor Patrick Lee as Captain William Clark, tissue engineer and Senior TED fellow Dr. Nina Tandon, distinguished Washington University professor and head of NASA’s Plantetary Data System Geosciences Node Dr. Ray Arvidson, executive vice-president of animal care and animal training at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium Mr. Ken Ramirez and National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. The week concluded with a performance by St. Louis native Pokey LaFarge and his band. LaFarge recently appeared on The Tonight Show with David Letterman and receives praise from NPR Music and Billboard Magazine because of his celebration of American music traditions.

Members attending were Winona Meddings from Alpha Tau Zeta (Athens Tech), Justin Jones from Alpha Psi Omicron (Georgia Highlands), Janet Walker from Beta Beta Tau (Atlanta Metropolitan State), Chelsea Burke and Michael D’Ambrosio from Alpha Rho Omega (South Georgia State). Advisors Michelle Geisart, Amy Hancock and Frank Malinowski also attended.

Since 1968, the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Institute has engaged members in intensive investigation of the Society’s Honors Study Topic, an academic theme selected for its timelessness, global significance and interdisciplinary applications. Created to celebrate Phi Theta Kappa’s 50th anniversary, the Honors Institute format is based on a program used at Oxford University. Attendance is limited to approximately 500 to create an engage scholarly community of faculty and students from across the nation and around the world.

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


  • 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. 

Beta Beta Tau Chapter Brings Home Honors

2014 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention Excitement!

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Atlanta, GA:  Atlanta Metropolitan State College’s chapter, Beta Beta Tau, was well represented at the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Orlando, Florida. During the Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, it was announced that Beta Beta Tau Chapter had placed in the following categories –Honors in Action: Issue One, Distinguished Honors in Action Project, Distinguished Chapter Award, Five-Star Chapter, and Top 100 Chapters.  Ms. Robin Mosby, an alumni of our chapter, received a Phi Theta Kappa International Alumni Appreciation Award that same night. Beta Beta Tau Chapter was represented by the following members, Janet Walker, Nicholas Vaz, Martins Iyoha, Richelle Isaac, Robin Mosby, and Michelle Geisert.

BBT Awards  Robin Mosby


Photos and Awards Summary submitted by Janet Walker, Regional Officer of Chapter Relations.