Read This Before You Submit Hallmark Award Entries

The Hallmark Awards chapter awards deadline is just around the corner on January 25, so this is a great time to review these handy tips for preparing your Hallmark Awards applications.

The Hallmark Award application alone will determine the success of your Honors in Action and College Projects on an international awards level.

“Hallmark Awards are judged solely on the award applications, so it is imperative that your entry be well-written and concise,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. “This quote from Nelson Mandela feels especially relevant this time of year: ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ “

Edwards shared six writing tips from Daniel Pink, best-selling author of Drive and To Sell is Human.

1. Show up. Get to work even when you don’t feel like writing — especially when you don’t feel like writing.

2. Write every day. Regaining momentum takes three times as much energy as sustaining momentum. (Look it up: It’s a law of literary physics.)

3. Don’t do anything else until you’ve written 500 words. I mean it. (“Though it may be more reasonable through the Honors in Action process to do 200-250 words at a time,” Edwards said.)

4. Move. Some of my best ideas come when I’m climbing the stairs of my house or running in my neighborhood.

5. Once you’ve produced a semi-credible draft of a section or chapter, have someone read it to you aloud. Hearing your words can help, even if it hurts.

6. Remember that writing, though solitary, is also social. You’re making a promise to readers (“and to your chapters and your college,” Edwards added). Honor that promise.

Below are some helpful tips as you begin preparing your Hallmark Award applications. While some of these tips focus on the Chapter Award applications, they can apply to Individual Award applications as well.

“Show,” don’t “tell.” Telling a judge something is “true” leaves the judge wondering, “How do I know this is the case?”
· It is colder in Latvia in the winter than in Iceland.
· Izzie is our hardest worker and the greatest asset.

Showing the judge something is “true” by way of a citation or some kind of evidence that shows the assertion has merit leaves no doubt.

· The online World Almanac (2014) shows a colder average high temperature of -10 degrees C in January in Riga than the average high of -2 degrees C in Reykjavik.
· Izzie effectively led our Honors in Action team this year by recruiting five members to serve on our research team, by inviting the college’s research librarian to conduct a workshop for the team on academic research, and by setting up a DropBox folder and sharing it with all chapter members so they could follow our progress throughout the year.

Utilize the Hallmark Award Resources. Take a look at the Honors in Action Project and College Project excerpts posted online to see what top chapters wrote in previous years.

Remember the purposes of the Honors in Action and College Project entries. Be sure you are expressing the work your chapter did to support those purposes as you write your entry.

Brainstorm with your team and/or chapter to be sure you have everything needed to answer each question in your entry. Look at how the information you have gathered as you planned, implemented and completed your Honors in Action and College Projects meets the judging rubrics requirements and outline what information you will use to answer each question. This is a good way to celebrate what you have achieved and consider what you have learned and how you have grown as scholars and leaders who serve your communities.

Be sure to examine academic sources of varied viewpoints. They don’t have to be opposite of one another, but they should show a range of ideas.

Honors in Action is all about the Honors Study Topic. Remember to always go back to How the World Works: Global Perspectives as you consider your theme and the elements of your project.

Be sure to read and re-read the judging rubrics to explain in detail how you met each criterion. The Hallmark Awards application questions and rubrics (found on the applications) provide guidance and outline everything a winning entry should include. Be detailed in your answers in ways that help judges understand the process you followed.

Do not restate the questions in your answers. Doing so eats away at your word count. The judges will see the questions with the answers when they review the applications.

Always check for the tricky “and” in the question. Answering every part of the question is imperative. Don’t leave anything out.

Leave enough time to edit, edit, edit, edit. Read the entry aloud together at some point during the editing process so you will know if the entry reads the way you want.

Celebrate with a live reading. When you have completed and submitted your Hallmark Award entries, host a reception or party at which you read each aloud. You can invite college administrators, faculty and community members who have helped you with your Honors in Action and College Projects. AND, it gives you an opportunity to celebrate the individuals and teams you have nominated.

Remember, College Administrator Award nominations are due December 7. Individual Hallmark Award applications are due January 11, 2017, and Chapter Hallmark Award applications are due January 25, 2017.

A Golden Opportunity for Giving Tuesday

This year on Giving Tuesday alumni have an opportunity to change the lives of current students eligible for Phi Theta Kappa who cannot afford the membership fees.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

On Tuesday, November 29, Phi Theta Kappa’s 2016-2017 International Officer Team needs your help to meet their goal sharing the Phi Theta Kappa Experience with more members. They have set a goal of funding 500 Golden Opportunity Scholarships for needy students by PTK Catalyst 2017, April 6-8.

“Fortunately, my college sponsored my membership fee. If it wasn’t for their generosity, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Sara Hwang, Division I International Vice President. “I hope every student who is eligible to join but unable to due to financial barriers can take advantage of the Golden Opportunity Scholarship.”

As you know, Phi Theta Kappa can be a game changer, greatly increasing a student’s chances of reaching their educational goals. Your gift to the Golden Opportunity Scholarship covers Phi Theta Kappa membership fees for students with financial need, giving them access to benefits that can truly change their path in life.

A gift of just $5 per month from you means they are one scholarship closer to their goal of 500. Set up your monthly gift online today, and use our social media toolkit to help spread the word.

Let’s each one, help one and together we can help the international officers reach this goal, while ensuring student success!

Why Join PTK? 8 Reasons from 8 Members

Over the years we’ve featured countless students who’ve shared the benefits that led them to become Phi Theta Kappa members. The reasons are as varied as the students themselves, and the top eight are listed below.

As you will see, there is something for everyone, yet only about 1 in 10 eligible students become members. We encourage you to share this with the students on your campus who are considering accepting membership, and then share your own story. No one knows the benefits and opportunities better than you. And, your recruitment efforts could help your chapter earn REACH Rewards.

1. “As a student, I started school to become a nurse. As a Phi Theta Kappa member, I became a nurse to change the world.” — Natalie Myer, former International Officer

Myer shared this during a speech at an induction ceremony. It was her first speech after being elected an International Officer in 2010, but the sentiment remains true today. Phi Theta Kappa programs such as Honors in Action encourage you to look out into the world to see how you can affect change. They push you to explore social issues surrounding your community and show you that even one person can make a big difference.

2. “What I got out of being involved in PTK [was] mostly a great set of skills — leadership, teamwork, speaking to groups and much, much more. I also made new friends…not just friends, but a new sort of family I’d say.” — Kegan Forrester, Alpha Tau Upsilon Chapter

Joining Phi Theta Kappa can open a community — a family — to you. This community is more than 3 million members strong. It isn’t only on your two-year college campus; it’s at your four-year college and in your workplace as well. There are Phi Theta Kappans all over the country, so you never have to look far to find a friend.

3. “I began to believe in myself and in my ability. I was inspired by my unexpected success to continue the pattern of academic excellence.” — Ebony Nava, Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter

Just one taste of recognition for your achievements, and you’ll want it again and again. Your first good grade, your invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa, your first successful completion of a service project, your first regional recognition for a job well done, your first time on stage at our annual convention — all of this works together to build (or rebuild) your self-confidence and to show you that you can achieve more than you ever dreamed.

4. “Everybody likes to be recognized, and I truly believe success begets success. Scholarships let you know that you’re being noticed for working hard, and they keep pushing you further.” — Jason Glynn, Alpha Chi Nu Chapter

Phi Theta Kappa awards $1 million in scholarships each year to help members complete associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees, and we connect you with partners and foundations that offer even more. If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year school, we have partnerships with nearly 750 senior colleges that offer more than $37 million in transfer scholarships designated exclusively for our members. The average member receives $2,500 for two years.

5. “I credit the practice in technical writing and project management I gained through Honors in Action and writing Hallmark Award applications with an approved grant for $93,000 from the U.S. State Department. It was the first independently awarded federal contract in my employer’s 42-year history.” — Paul Saltz, Alpha Rho Epsilon Chapter

There’s a purpose to our programming. Honors in Action and College Projects put the skills you’re learning in the classroom to use in the real world. The research, writing, communication and teamwork that go into the Hallmark Award applications mirror graduate school applications and even tasks you’re given at work. Speaking of work…

6. “At a job interview this past January, my membership with PTK came up, as my interviewer was a member himself. He told me that while my grades spoke for themselves, interest in being a part of something much bigger than myself was something that is highly valued in the workplace today and ultimately separated me from the rest of the applicants.” — Jason Moeck, Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter

The Top 5 skills employers seek in new hires: leadership, the ability to work in a team, written communication, problem-solving, and verbal communication. Phi Theta Kappa is more than a resume booster — it’s a tried and true way for you to gain the skills and experience that will land you a job.

7. “The convention gave others and me a better insight of characteristics and roles a student leader should have. I am a part-time student and have a part-time job, which makes it difficult to make time for these things — but it is possible! I strongly encourage other members to take advantage of conventions and the training opportunities available.” — Jenny Rojas, Alpha Beta Chapter

Regional and international events such as PTK Catalyst and Honors Institute let you meet and network with students from around the world who are just like you — driven and committed to success. You’ll also see dynamic, world-class speakers and attend special sessions on PTK programs and opportunities from our partners.

8. “Phi Theta Kappa has given me opportunities to enhance my leadership skills and network with students from all over the country who are not only incredibly smart but also very passionate about serving their community.” — Sagar Chapagain, Chi Theta Chapter

This sums it up. Phi Theta Kappa helps you realize your potential, and then it connects you with opportunities to grow your skills and with people to support you along the way. The one-time membership fee is an investment in your future that you can’t afford to pass up. Learn more and join today.

Your Chance to Change Higher Education

When she was 9 years old, Carmel Wright told her mother she wanted to be a princess, though not for the reasons you might assume.

She explained that a princess could learn anything she wanted thanks to the unlimited educational resources around her. As Wright grew her love of learning deepened, as did her passion to help others learn through tutoring, volunteering and researching.

Today, she’s in a great position and in good company to continue this work — Wright was recently appointed to the 2016-17 Pearson Student Advisory Board (PSAB).

The board is comprised of 15 students selected from both two- and four-year colleges to work with Pearson executives to make changes to products and services impacting student success. Five of this year’s board members are Phi Theta Kappa members, and applications are now being accepted for the 2017-18 PSAB.

“It is so rewarding to work together with a diverse and talented board of fellow students as we tackle the projects given to us,” Wright said. “I feel like my voice matters, and more importantly, the perspectives I gain by listening to others has become irreplaceable to me.”

Wright grew up in a low-income home in Oregon. Though she was enthusiastic about her education, she received little support from her parents.

After graduating from high school, she moved on her own to California, where she began working with inner-city children in her neighborhood and started a program called Bounce, aimed at helping the young girls avoid falling into sex trafficking.

At 20, as she began eyeing colleges, Wright lost use of her right leg. She endured constant pain and treatments and was bedridden for a nearly year before having a life-changing operation.

“This was one of those things that shapes your life but doesn’t define it,” she said.

Wright moved to Sacramento and enrolled at Sacramento City College. She received a 2015 Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education, which supports students as they pursue both associate and bachelor’s degrees and pairs them with a mentor from Pearson. She transferred to UCLA as a Regents Scholar.

Her new goal is to become a stateswoman who “leads a reformation of the California education system.”

“I am greatly honored to be a part of the board as a non-traditional student and even more impacted by the genuine interest of leaders in this industry who seek out my thoughts on various projects,” Wright said. “While my perspective is certainly unique from other board members, I have felt so valued during my time serving on the board.”

Brendan Bennett, a member of the Phi Pi Chapter at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Ohio, was also named to the PSAB earlier this year. He was raised in a hard-working blue-collar family; but as he thought of his future, he focused on education and became the first in his family to attend college. He became active on campus, joining Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta and the Student Senate.

Bennett’s leadership skills were growing, and his PTK advisor and mentor Dr. Michelle Foust saw his potential. She encouraged him to apply for the PSAB.

“I really owe a lot of credit for who I am to the environment I’ve come out of at LCCC and to Dr. Foust,” he said.

Now he sits on a board with students representing Harvard, Rutgers and Georgetown, among others, researching projects for Pearson and strengthening his communication skills.

“It really humbled me to be selected,” Bennett said. “The students I work with have very impressive backgrounds, and I’ve gotten to take a back seat and observe and learn from them.

“The exposure to other passionate students like myself has really helped me develop as a leader.”

A partnership between Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University means Bennett will complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2017. He’s applying to graduate programs now and expects the marketing and business skills he’s gaining on the PSAB to strengthen his application and come in handy when he begins his career.

These are added bonuses to a program that has already far exceeded his expectations — and he’s only about six months in.

“The quality of the people I’m working with is incredible,” he said. “I expected everyone to be extremely supportive, but level they’ve hit has been absolutely amazing.”

Applications to the 2017-18 Pearson Student Advisory Board are being accepted now through January 27, 2017. Apply today.

A Librarian’s Labor of Love

Just over 87 years ago, on November 17, 1929, the Alpha Beta Chapter at Santa Ana College in California was chartered. Two days later, at the then-American Association of Junior Colleges’ annual convention, Phi Theta Kappa was recognized as the official honor society for community colleges.

Though the Society had been established in 1918, Founders Day was born. Alpha Beta advisor Sal Addotta sees a little kismet in the closeness of the two dates.

“It would appear that there is a special bond between the two,” he said. “Among other things, our chapter may have been the last chapter chartered before Phi Theta Kappa was recognized as the official honor society for junior colleges.”

Addotta sees a further connection: Alpha Beta was the first chapter chartered in California.

“Phi Theta Kappa began as a pioneer in the field of women’s colleges,” he said. “Alpha Beta Chapter started as a pioneer in California.”

And one more: one of the chapter’s former presidents, Cynthia Strickler, was born on November 19. While the chapter has always been active, Addotta said Strickler was instrumental in getting even more members involved in chapter activities.

“Her drive and determination helped raise the bar of academic achievement for our chapter as never before,” he said.

Addotta joined Santa Ana College as the part-time librarian 22 years ago. He was looking for a way to get more involved with the students when he found Phi Theta Kappa, so he offered his help to the then-advisor.

He was co-advisor for many years, traveling with the students to various events, doing the “fun stuff.” In 2007, he took over the chapter full time.

He’s had ups and downs during his “roller coaster” ride as an advisor — his chapter president stepped down his first year as lead advisor. And he may not agree with everything the Society does — online membership acceptance is great, but he finds the website a little difficult to navigate.

Still, he’s stuck with it for the students.

“They’re all younger than me, and most of them are pretty bright, so I learn from them,” he said. “It keeps the wiring going in my brain.”

Addotta’s love for and pride in Phi Theta Kappa is palpable. Both he and his wife are honorary members, and he still treasures and appreciates the phone call he received from PTK’s President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, wishing him a happy birthday.

Eight years ago he gave his first presentation at a Phi Theta Kappa conference on the Honors Study Topic and said the experience made him a better advisor. He’s the Nevada/California Region Alumni Association Co-Alumni Advisor, and he has represented the Society Headquarters at several chapter-chartering ceremonies.

“I find I get encouragement from other advisors and students,” he said. “Whomever I meet reaffirms that I am doing the right thing.”

He’s planning a trip to the Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2018 in celebration of the Society’s centennial. And, he hopes other chapters will look up their own chartering dates. (Find your chapter.)

“There is a date, and you should celebrate it,” he said.

Addotta was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Queens. A trip to California to visit family one Christmas left him wanting more of the sunny weather, and he and his wife soon relocated.

He’s spent his career among books. Addotta has worked as a high school librarian and has worked in three different public libraries — he still works part time at the public library in Anaheim.

“I could just be a librarian, but this keeps me involved on campus,” he said. “I get a lot more out of it than the members do.”

Alpha Beta has cohosted the Nevada/California Regional Fall Leadership Convention twice, in 2010 and 2016. The chapter has won numerous regional awards and was recognized as the Santa Ana College Student Organization of the Year four years in a row, 2011-2014.

Addotta puts the Five Star Chapter Plan at the top of Phi Theta Kappa’s programs and encourages his students to participate in personal enrichment opportunities like Competitive Edge — he became a Five Star Member in April.

The chapter serves meals at a homeless shelter each semester — most recently on Veterans Day — and participates in the college’s Adopt-A-Family program to help needy students at Thanksgiving.

Addotta also hosts PTK 101 orientation workshops twice a month to inform students of the opportunities available to them through membership. He said that over the years he’s seen students who have been told their entire lives what they couldn’t do; much of his life’s work has been to change that perception.

“I tell students, don’t tell yourself ‘no,’ don’t let others see you sweat,” he said. “Even if you’ve never done it, you can do it.

“And when a student gets it… well that’s why I keep doing this.”

New Chapter Inducts 100% of Eligible Students

Arrupe College in Chicago was founded only two years ago; but just this fall, it chartered the Beta Phi Pi Chapter and inducted 100 percent of its eligible students. And even better — the students were able to join for free.

“Student success is our mission across the board, and Phi Theta Kappa is an opportunity for us to celebrate that,” said chapter advisor John Buethe, who also serves as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. “We’re proud to be a partner with them in the growth and the opportunities for these young men and women.”

Thirty-two students in Arrupe’s sophomore class qualified for Phi Theta Kappa membership, but none knew what the Society was. To address this, Buethe and his co-advisor, Dr. Jennifer Boyle, built a program to share the history and benefits with students at various points throughout the semester.

The chapter was officially chartered October 25, and the induction ceremony was held the next day.

“Our ministry and our calling is to help students achieve, so when we have 32 students who are doing that so well, we want to throw them a party,” Buethe said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to honor students’ hard work and aptitude. We as an institution would not be able to offer that same sense of ceremony that Phi Theta Kappa can.”

The college uses non-restricted funds to cover all costs associated with Phi Theta Kappa membership for every student inducted. Buethe foresees this continuing as the chapter continues to grow — there are just under a hundred sophomores who may be eligible for membership before they graduate, and there are 187 freshmen who will be meeting eligibility requirements soon.

He said the current members are already telling their peers about the membership benefits and that he has received a number of emails from sophomores and freshmen alike asking how they can join.

“The benefits side incentivized students to accept membership, so we wanted to remove any impediment that might prevent these students from becoming members,” he said. “This was an opportunity that invited the use of these funds.”

Advisors plan to hold their second induction ceremony as soon as possible in January 2017.

Arrupe College is Loyola University Chicago’s associate degree-granting institution. It was established as a result of a comprehensive needs assessment conducted as part of Loyola’s 10-year plan, which found that with the rising costs of higher education there was a need to offer high-achieving, low-income students with a pathway for an education.

The college is located on Loyola’s Water Tower campus in downtown Chicago. It’s a commuter campus, which helps keep the costs down.

“The fall-to-fall graduation and retention rates for community college students are relatively low,” Buethe said. “We wanted to provide the benefits students find at a four-year college to these students for a lower cost.”

Arrupe College students are able to use all facilities on Loyola’s Chicago campuses, including the Lake Shore campus, which will host Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Honors Institute June 5-10.

One unique feature of Arrupe College is that its entire faculty is full time. These professors have come from community college systems and also act as students’ academic advisors. Many of these faculty members were familiar with Phi Theta Kappa from previous teaching posts.

“They thought it would be a good thing to provide for our students,” Buethe said. “All of our students are low-income, so the scholarship opportunities Phi Theta Kappa provides offers a tremendous benefit to them.

“It ensures that the second half of their college education is kept affordable, which helps them complete this goal.”

Make Sure Your Scholarship Application Shines

Phi Theta Kappa will award more than half a million dollars in scholarships to community college students who will be completing their associate degrees or transferring to a four-year college through the Fall Scholarship Application. In addition, $41 million in scholarships is available through the All-State Community College Academic Team Programs, so don’t miss out on this important opportunity!

Fall scholarships include the All-USA Community College Academic Team, Coca-Cola New Century Scholars, All-State Academic Teams, the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, Guistwhite Scholarships, Hites Transfer Scholarships and the GEICO Pathway to Completion Bachelor’s Degree Scholarships.

Students may apply through the Fall Application, available online now, with a deadline of December 1 at 5 p.m. CT. Remember, there are only two weeks remaining to apply.

You’ll only get one opportunity to show the judges who you really are, what you’ve accomplished in the past and what you’re capable of. Don’t waste it. Here are eight ways to make your scholarship application stand out:

1. Provide details when explaining your involvement.

2. Use numbers.

3. Do research and include examples.

4. Do not answer N/A or leave fields blank.

5. Essay calls for 500 words? Make the most of your words and get as close to the max as possible.

6. Do not fudge facts.

7. Avoid writing a sob story.

8. Remember, judges are human beings too, so show your personality.

Complete information and the scholarship application is available at the scholarship website.

A #PTKeveryday Challenge for Us All

Editor’s Note: This post was written and submitted by Ashlynne Banks, International Vice President for Division 2.

Sitting in an airport, I find myself in the middle of a conversion point between cultures, ethnicities, races, genders and every other type of diversity I could ever imagine. Being here provokes me to consider where my place is in this massive world we call home.

My initial reaction is that I feel incredibly small and powerless. Then, I remember all of the privileges living in the United States gives me. Suddenly I feel like I have too much power, and the responsibility to make change in the rest of the world overwhelms me. This particular instance of paralyzing global responsibility was suddenly halted when I looked at the Phi Theta Kappa backpack at my feet.

I realized that although I may feel insignificant, I have made a choice in my life to better myself, and in turn, create a world that is fundamentally better. I have joined an honor society full of like-minded but diverse individuals committed to excellence. Feeling particularly inspired, I asked my fellow Phi Theta Kappans what being a PTK member means, specifically in a global community. Here are a few responses:

“Being a Phi Theta Kappan means tearing down those walls that separate our culture and religion and see one another as family.” Dakota McCullum, Hillsborough Community College, Alpha Beta Beta Chapter

“Being able to use a name bigger than my own to do some good in the world.” Ariel Bradford, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Alpha Rho Nu Chapter

“As an alumna, Phi Theta Kappa means that I like being a part of an academic honor society whose members and alumni accept me for who I am. As someone who has disabilities, it is nice to know that the members and alumni that I have known are able to make me feel welcomed and included within Phi Theta Kappa.” Jenn Braden, Elgin Community College, Rho Kappa Chapter

Almost every response I received mentioned endless opportunities, a sense of family, the desire to make positive change, and a big-picture outlook on life. It is not much of a stretch for me to say that Phi Theta Kappans are the greatest assembly of catalysts for change in the world.

You may have figured this out already — you are an honor student after all — so I will leave you with a challenge. Be a Phi Theta Kappan in every aspect of your life. Evaluate yourself, because it is easy to be a PTK member inside the classroom walls. However, are you committing that kind of excellence to every part of your life every single day?

I challenge you to question and research everything; do not settle for any less than your absolute best; be a family to everyone regardless of the degree of diversity between you; and always work toward positive, effective change.

Every good challenge is measurable, so as part of this one, I’d like for you to share your non-academically based achievements inspired by PTK. Use any form of social media using the hashtag #PTKeveryday. Some examples might include: “I ate healthy today, making a change to be excellent in everything I do. #PTKeveryday” or “For today’s #PTKeveryday I discovered the difference between baking powder and baking soda. #useful”

Whatever it is, no matter how small, share your passion for excellence. Show me how you #PTKeveryday.

Staff Members Recognized for Years of Service

Phi Theta Kappa recently recognized staff members who have reached milestone years of service with the honor society during a year-end All-Staff Meeting at the Center for Excellence.

25 years:
Phyllis Duvall, Membership and Student Engagement Special Projects Coordinator

20 Years:
Tammy Harvey, Conference Services Administrator

15 Years:
Renee Culpepper, Social Media Coordinator
Holly Peel, Accounts Payable Specialist
Larry Horn, Associate Director of Information Systems

10 Years:
Sarah Reynolds, Associate Director of College and Transfer Relations
Deborah Stamps, Operations & Human Resources Administrator
Vickie Embry, Financial Services Supervisor
Alan Causey, Systems Programmer
Arundhati Surakanti, Software Programmer

Five Years:
Steve Mulhollen, Chief Financial Officer and Interim Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa Foundation
Matthew Murphy, Associate Director of Application Development
Sumati Thomas, Information Research and Data Analyst
Archana Reddy, Software Engineer

Three Years:
Michael Knowles, Software Engineer
Mia Ramos-Shirley, Associate Director of Regional and Chapter Development-Division III
Blair White, Graphic Designer – Digital and Print Media

Reminder: The Center for Excellence will be closed November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.