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33 Former Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Named Advisors Emeriti

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Jackson, Mississippi - Thirty-three former advisors have been named Advisors Emeriti by the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and were recognized during the Advisors Luncheon at NerdNation 2014, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26.

Among the Advisors Emeriti honored at NerdNation 2014 were (from left to right) Barbara Blair, Debbie Chaffin, David Elder, Dr. Joan Fedor, Joanie Keller, Marvin Langsam, Dr. Jo Marshall, Joe Millas, Helen Smith and Steve Meier, pictured with Phi Theta Kappa's Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley.

Established by the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, the Advisor Emeritus program is a select group of retired or retiring advisors who, after providing extraordinary leadership and achieving success, are invited to continue their engagement and support of the Society based on their interests and expertise in Phi Theta Kappa's programs. They must be nominated by a Phi Theta Kappa headquarters staff member. Then, an Advisor Emeritus Nominating Committee makes an annual recommendation to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Executive Committee for approval, and an announcement is made at the Association of Chapter Advisors Luncheon at Convention each year.

To be selected, the advisor must meet a majority of the following criteria:

  • Retired/retiring from serving as an advisor
  • Length of service of five years or greater
  • High level of contributions or engagement (Board Member, Regional Coordinator, Association of Chapters Advisors officer, Faculty Scholar, Honors Program Council, Advisor Continued Excellence Award, international distinguished chapter awards)
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise of Phi Theta Kappa and its programs
  • Desire to continue the Phi Theta Kappa Experience
  • Commitment to improving opportunities for community college students
  • History of providing financial support of programs

The 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Emeriti are:

Leigh Bessey, retiring Colorado Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Alpha Pi Pi Chapter, Community College of Aurora, Colorado

Barbara Blair, retiring advisor of the Eta Beta Chapter, Southwest Texas Junior College, Texas

Debbie Chaffin, former advisor of the Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter, Northwest Shoals Community College, and the Alpha Psi Xi Chapter, Bevill State Community College; Alabama

Jeff Edwards, former headquarters staff member; former advisor of the Beta Lambda Mu Chapter, Lone Star College-CyFair, Texas, and the Kappa Alpha Chapter, Holmes Community College-Goodman Campus, Mississippi

David Elder, retiring Illinois Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Phi Phi Chapter, William Rainey Harper College, Illinois

Dr. Janice Freeman, Foundation Trustee; former advisor of the Zeta Xi Chapter at Wharton County Junior College and the Epsilon of Texas Alumni Association at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas

Dr. Joyce Freeman, Foundation Trustee; former advisor of the Zeta Xi Chapter at Wharton County Junior College and the Epsilon of Texas Alumni Association at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas

Dr. Joan Fedor, former regional coordinator of Greater Northwest Region; advisor of the Pi Sigma Chapter, Highline Community College, Washington

Dr. Erica Hastert, former advisor of the Sigma Phi Chapter, Arapahoe Community College, Colorado

Dr. Betsy Hertzler, former advisor of the Omicron Beta Chapter, Mesa Community College, Arizona

Dr. Duane Hood, former advisor of the Psi Zeta Chapter, Western Texas College, Texas

Leanne Jardine, former New York Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Upsilon Upsilon Chapter, Herkimer County Community College, New York

Joan Keller, former Carolinas Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Alpha Epsilon Omicron Chapter, Trident Technical College, South Carolina

Marvin Langsam, former advisor of the Mu Epsilon, Miami Dade College, Florida

Dr. Humphrey Lee, former Alabama Regional Coordinator; President of Northwest Shoals Community College, Alabama

Dr. Anne Levig, former Minn-Wi-Kota Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Alpha Delta Upsilon Chapter, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minnesota

Dr. Jo Marshall, Foundation Trustee; former Alabama Regional Coordinator; former advisor of the Pi Pi Chapter, Jefferson State Community College, Alabama; President of Somerset Community College, Kentucky

Dr. Lillie McCain, former advisor of the Alpha Omicron Iota Chapter, Mott Community College, Michigan

Linda McGuirt, former advisor of the Omicron Upsilon Chapter, President of Central Alabama Community College, Alabama

Steve Meier, former advisor of the Eta Nu Chapter, St. Petersburg College, Florida

Joe Millas, retiring advisor of the Delta Omicron Chapter, Palm Beach State College, Florida

Dr. John Modschiedler, former advisor of the Phi Beta Chapter, College of DuPage, Illinois

Dr. Henry Moreland, former Board Member; former advisor of the Upsilon Eta Chapter, Florida State College at Jacksonville-Kent Campus, Florida

Barb Murray, former Headquarters staff member; former Minn-Wi-Kota Regional Coordinator, advisor of the Alpha Rho Alpha Chapter, Rainy River Community College, Minnesota

Hattie Nunnery, former advisor of the Omicron Upsilon Chapter, Central Alabama Community College, Alabama

Tom Obee, former Michigan Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Lambda Mu Chapter, St. Claire County Community College, Michigan

Ann Parks, former Missouri Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Alpha Tau Chapter, Moberly Area Community College, Missouri

Ruth Randall, former Kansas Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Alpha Iota Gamma Chapter, Johnson County Community College, Kansas

Dr. Janice Roberts, former advisor of the Pi Pi Chapter, Jefferson Community College, Alabama

Richard Rouillard, former advisor of the Alpha Theta Alpha Chapter, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma

Kristi Sather-Smith, former advisor of the Gamma Lambda Chapter, Hinds Community College-Raymond, Mississippi

Dr. Betty Scott, former advisor of the Alpha Xi Beta Chapter, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada

Helen Smith, retiring Arizona Regional Coordinator; advisor of the Alpha Eta Delta Chapter, South Mountain Community College, Arizona

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.