Phi Theta Kappa International Convention: Kentucky Region Brings Home 8 Awards

Pictured in the photo with other conference attendees are MCTC students Hope Weldon, Kyle White, Savanah Smith and Larry StidhamThe 93rd International Convention of Phi Theta Kappa was held April 6-9, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. Approximately 3,400 Phi Theta Kappa members, advisors, alumni and college administrators convened in Seattle for three life-changing days of instruction, education and inspiration. More than 300 individuals, chapters and regions received Hallmark Awards. Hallmark Awards are the Society's competitive awards recognizing outstanding Honors in Action by individuals, chapters and regions. Keynote speakers included; Neil deGrasse Tyson Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City and host of PBS' NOVA scienceNOW, Hilary Pennington Director of Education for the Gates Foundation and Matthew Detweiler, International President of Phi Theta Kappa, from Richland College in Dallas, Texas.

The Convention featured daily rounds of Educational Forums on topics ranging from Society programs to leadership development and a preconference Honors in Action Academy. Interactive Forums on CollegeFish.org and the 5 Star Competitive Edge allowed attendees to enroll onsite. Kentucky presenters included: Dan Bailey, Ashland Community and Technical College and Margo Hamm, Somerset Community College.

Representing Kentucky were 39 members, advisors, alumni and college administrators from 6 Kentucky chapters. Including; Ashland Community and Technical College, Alpha Omega Gamma, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Alpha Nu Zeta, Maysville Community and Technical College, Alpha Lambda Delta, Maysville Community and Technical College, Beta Alpha Rho, Owensboro Community and Technical College, Alpha Xi Gamma and Somerset Community College, Omicron Zeta.

The Hallmark Awards Program is Phi Theta Kappa's competitive awards program that recognizes individuals, chapters and regions for excellence in the Society's Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. During the conference Kentucky received 8 honors and awards including:

Continued Excellence Award for Advisors, Margo Hamm, Beta Alpha Rho, Maysville Community and Technical College.

Distinguished Regional Officer Award, Charlotte McConaha, KY Regional President, Omicron Zeta, Somerset Community College.

Distinguished College Administrator Award, Dr. Dale Buckles, Maysville Community and Technical College.

Distinguished Chapter Member Award, Donna Pedley, Alpha Xi Gamma, Owensboro Community and Technical College.

Paragon Award for New Advisors, Allison Johnson and Kevin Parrett, Alpha Lambda Delta, Maysville Community and Technical College.

Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award, Alpha Xi Gamma, Owensboro Community and Technical College.

Distinguished Chapter Award (top 25 chapters), Alpha Xi Gamma, Owensboro Community and Technical College.

The Kentucky Region has 22 chapters and a Region Alumni Association. Margo Hamm, Associate Dean of the Learning Commons from Somerset Community College serves as the Regional Coordinator. The Regional Officer Team for 2011-2012 are Alpha Lambda Delta, Maysville Community and Technical College and Alpha Phi Kappa, Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Team members from MCTC are Melanie Alvey, President and Paula Walls, Vice-President of Leadership

and from BCTC, Stacy Grafton, Vice-President of Honors in Action and Cotaco Easley, Vice-President of Communications. Advisors also serving on the executive committee are Allison Johnson, MCTC and Tom Rogers, BCTC.

Phi Theta Kappa's 2012 International Convention is scheduled for April 2012 in Nashville, TN. For more information on Phi Theta Kappa contact Margo Hamm 606-451-6711.