We’re on the HuffPost College Blog!

In his post, “Building the Higher Education Transfer Pipeline,” Dr. Brian C. Mitchell, Director of the Edvance Foundation, points to a recent study of the completion and transfer successes of Phi Theta Kappa members as a “compelling case for how colleges can help more students be successful.”

From the blog: “For community colleges trying to move the needles of transfer and completion, it may be most important to open and expand the Phi Theta Kappa chapters on their campuses.”

The study Mitchell references was conducted by Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner; AACC President and CEO Emeritus and Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors Chair Dr. George Boggs; Chief Advancement Officer at William Carey University Dr. Monica Marlowe; and Mississippi State University Department of Educational Leadership faculty member Dr. Stephanie King. It followed 11,000 students who became Phi Theta Kappa members in 2008-09. Read the study.

Check out Mitchell’s full blog post.

Gilman Scholarship Apps Due March 1

Don’t miss this great scholarship opportunity — the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Award amounts vary up to $5,000, and more than 2,500 awards are given each year. The award must be used to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs such as program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

The program seeks to better prepare U.S. students for significant roles in an increasingly global economy and aims to encourage diverse students to choose programs in non-traditional destinations. Community college students are highly encouraged to apply and can participate on programs that are a minimum of two-weeks abroad.

Learn more and apply today!

Pictured: Gilman Scholar Carol Alvarez in China

Meet the NerdNation 2016 Featured Speakers

NerdNation 2016, April 7-9 in National Harbor, Maryland, features a full slate of speakers guaranteed to inform and inspire you.

In addition to our featured speakers listed below, 2015-2016 International President Yanik Etan will speak during the first general session, and Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner during the fourth general session.

Dr. Paul G. Stoltz — General Session 1

Stoltz is considered the world’s leading authority on the integration and application of grit and resilience. He was voted “One of the Top 10 Most Influential Global Thinkers” by HR Magazine and “One of the 100 Most Influential Thinkers of Our Time” by Executive Excellence.

“To succeed in the world requires growth, resilience, instinct and tenacity (GRIT),” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. “Dr. Stoltz will help us understand how emotional, mental, physical and spiritual GRIT play roles in how the world works.”

Stoltz is the Director of the Global Resilience and GRIT Institutes, where he oversees research in 29 countries dedicated to exploring, expanding and advancing the applications of his Adversity Quotient theory and GRIT to strengthen people and their organizations. His newest book is GRIT — The New Science of What it Takes to Persevere, Flourish, Succeed.

“How can we use GRIT in our everyday lives to achieve our most worthy goals?” Edwards asked. “Dr. Stoltz will answer that question, and NerdNation 2016 participants will be ready to create their own GRITty game plans.”

Read his full bio.

Many thanks to Pearson Higher Education Group for sponsoring this speaker!

Lord John Eatwell — General Session 2

Eatwell is the President of Queens’ College Camridge, a constituent college of Cambridge University. He is an economist whose early work focused on economic theory and later work on problems of international finance and unemployment, financial markets and regulation.

“Lord Eatwell knows a thing or two about the global economy, and he is a strong proponent of international education as a way to see how the world works from others’ perspectives,” Edwards said.

Eatwell has taught Economics and Finance at Cambridge for decades. He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Amsterdam and the New School for Social Research, and he now teaches for six weeks each year at the University of Southern California.

From 1993-1997 and again from 2010-2013, Eatwell was Principal Opposition Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs in the House of Lords.

“We are so fortunate to have Lord Eatwell join us at NerdNation 2016,” Edwards said. “He understands how the world works in academia, politics and public service. The depth and breadth of his knowledge about global perspectives on how the world works is unparalleled.”

Read his full bio.

Katty Kay — General Session 3

Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. She covered the end of apartheid in South Africa and the Kobe earthquake and the economic recession in Japan, among other topics around the world, before settling in Washington, D.C. She was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked airplane flew into the building on September 11, 2001.

“We are excited to host BBC World America anchor Katty Kay at NerdNation 2016,” Edwards said. “Her work reporting and delivering the news allows American viewers to consider issues from global perspectives.

“Kay has also written two books that explore the science and art of self-assurance and encourage women to develop confidence to go along with their talents.”

Kay is co-author of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know and Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success. She grew up in the Middle East and studied modern languages at Oxford University.

“She will inspire convention participants to see how the world works in new and different ways,” Edwards said.

Read her full bio.

The regular registration deadline for NerdNation 2016 is March 14. See the full schedule, make hotel reservations and register today!

We’re Live!

Welcome to Phi Theta Kappa’s news blog, The Reach! Here’s a look at what you can expect:

  • Features on chapters, members, advisors and alumni
  • Upcoming dates and deadline reminders
  • Important program announcements
  • Best practices
  • Event news and updates
  • Scholarship tips and application due dates
  • Offers and opportunities from corporate sponsors and partners

We’ll also have Phi Theta Kappa staff members step in as guest bloggers when available, and we may even reach out to some members and advisors to share their experiences first-hand.

We have a lot of exciting news and info to share, so check back often. And be sure to subscribe to receive the weekly email digest of blog posts so you don’t miss a thing. Subscribe now!

And of course, if you have exciting news and photos to share, or if you have story ideas or suggestions, email us at blog@ptk.org. We’d love to hear from you!