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Texas Region Honors Advisor Service with Bricks in Alpha Courtyard
Jackson, MS – Advisors are one of Phi Theta Kappa’s most precious resources, volunteering their time and talents to benefit local chapters and members. If a chapter is fortunate, an advisor continues to serve for as long as possible, providing the constantly changing group of members with a firm foundation of knowledge and experience. These long-time advisors often receive thanks, a certificate or a token of appreciation. Now the Texas Region is honoring advisors with a long-lasting legacy - bricks in the Alpha Courtyard at the Society’s Center for Excellence.
The Alpha Courtyard at The Center for Excellence was constructed to honor those who have supported and served the ideals and mission of Phi Theta Kappa.
“Placing the bricks came about as a suggestion from advisors at Mary's last regional convention held in Austin in 2011,” said Dr. Duane Hood, retired Texas regional comptroller and recipient of the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award. His late wife, Dr. Mary Hood, served as Texas Regional Coordinator for 18 years and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors at the time of her death in 2011.
“We awarded the first group in Odessa at the 2012 Texas Regional Convention and a second group in Dallas this year,” Dr. Hood said, “Thus far the number of advisors honored is nearing 50, with cornerstones for major leaders during Texas' regional history.”
Texas Regional Coordinator Debbie Esparza said the region thought bricks in the Alpha Courtyard would be a great way to honor the service of advisors, so they made arrangements with the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation staff to purchase the bricks for advisors serving 10 years or more.
“Being presented with a brick in the Alpha Courtyard for simply doing something I love, helping students, is quite an honor, said Laura Dupree, a former International Officer and 2010 Alumni Achievement Award winner who serves as advisor of the Alpha Alpha Rho Chapter of Lone Star College, North Harris. “Knowing funds from the purchase support student scholarships is a real bonus!”
As a former Phi Theta Kappa advisor, Foundation CEO Dr. Nancy L. Rieves said she can appreciate the value of their service and understands why it's important for chapters to recognize them.
“Purchasing a brick for the Alpha Courtyard is a wonderful way to commemorate the service of advisors, but it’s an excellent way to honor anyone – college presidents and administrators, alumni, completion champions or to memorialize someone,” Dr. Rieves said. “Courtyard bricks are a lasting gift, whether the occasion is a birthday, anniversary, retirement or a simple thank you.”
Dr. Yolanda Romero, advisor of the Alpha Zeta Eta Chapter at North Lake College, said she recently visited The Center for Excellence to see her bricks -- one for service and another for receiving an award.
“Standing in the courtyard of The Center for Excellence and knowing my bricks are part of that magnificent structure is inspiring,” she said. “To be placed among some of the people I value and respect most is an incredible honor. “
For more information on purchasing bricks or pavers for the Alpha Courtyard, please visit the Foundation website or contact Philanthropy Coordinator Karri Chaney at 601.987.5507.