8 April Friday Funday in Nashville April 8, 2017By Erin Cogswell Catalyst 2017, General blog, PTK Catalyst 0 Tweet Editor’s Note: This post was written and submitted by Lionel Barzon, a member of the Sigma Lambda Chapter at Calhoun Community College in Alabama. For a first-time Phi Theta Kappa student attending PTK Catalyst 2017, the Friday experience here at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center was a perfect nutshell of what these annual international conventions offer for any of those privileged enough to attend these life-changing events. From chapter and officer recognition on the grand stage in front of 3,700-plus Phi Theta Kappans, to prestigious international officer candidates giving their powerful campaign speeches, to networking and making new friends amongst a sea of friendly faces, PTK Catalyst 2017 offered a plethora of memorable experiences for any Phi Theta Kappa member in attendance. One of the first events to kick off the Friday schedule was the open recognition of distinguished chapter members, individual chapter officers and chapter officer teams for their academic, community, and Phi Theta Kappa projects of the previous year. Officers and select chapter members walked across the coveted front stage with their hands waving in excitement to the roaring audience while also having their names and chapter shown across the big screen to emphasize their well-deserved success. Next were the international officer candidate speeches that allow Phi Theta Kappans to better understand and then vote for the international officers who will represent them for the next year. Talented candidates gave passionate and motivational three-minute speeches about what the concept of beauty and vulgarity meant in a world that struggles to define such elements in their respective belongings. A true showing of incredible talent and sincerity was on display by all the candidates who participated in the international officer speeches. For the remainder of the day, convention attendees used their free time to do something that almost seems natural for those in the Phi Theta Kappa family: make new friends! Many educational forums put on before and after the main general sessions allowed members to break the ice in meeting other members for the first time in a small group setting. Thousands and thousands of convention attendees mixed and mingled and shared their personal convention experience in ways that truly reaffirm how wonderful and life-changing PTK Catalyst 2017 was for everyone involved. Related Posts New Transfer Scholarship: Arizona State University Your PTK Catalyst Survival Guide Chronicles of My First PTK Induction Ceremony Meet the International Officer, ACA Candidates And the Winners Are… First Person: “It’s always about expectations.” Comments are closed.