Meet Me at the Center for Excellence

It is hard to believe I’ve been a part of Phi Theta Kappa for less than one month. In this short span of time, I have met many members, regional coordinators, international officers and alumni. I have witnessed our dedicated staff work relentlessly on behalf of our members and advisors.

I have interacted with Phi Theta Kappans, whose commitment to academic excellence and professional growth astounds me. I have absorbed every hour, every day, every meeting and every new face. The past month has been nothing short of remarkable.

I am incredibly excited to join the Phi Theta Kappa family as Manager of Member Support and Outreach. Prior to joining PTK, I worked at Louisiana State University in transfer admissions and recruitment, where I served as the liaison between prospective and current transfer applicants and the Undergraduate Office of Admissions.

My professional roots are in both higher education administration and journalism and mass communication. In my former life, I was a reporter, a copy editor, a mass communication instructor and the manager of a statewide scholastic press association. I am eager to use my knowledge and skills to support Phi Theta Kappa’s student-centered vision of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

As a full-time staff member based at PTK’s Headquarters, the Center for Excellence, I will be responsible for supporting membership recruitment and acceptance, as well as chapter development and engagement. In this capacity, I will continue to foster our culture of high-quality customer service.

Creating and developing strategic, yet meaningful, outreach practices with PTK constituents will play a significant part in my role here. Our members represent the heart of our organization. As such, we strive to maintain robust, valuable interaction with our chapters. By providing detailed, personalized and sincere service through outreach initiatives, we are prioritizing our PTK family. I am honored to contribute to this mission.

You’ll hear from me regularly, as I plan to contribute monthly on topics related to membership support and outreach … which brings me to my first topic: an open invitation to visit PTK Headquarters!

One of the hidden gems of Phi Theta Kappa membership is a chapter or prospective member visit to PTK Headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi. I want to extend an open invitation to schedule a visit to the Center for Excellence. (Fun fact: Last year, our PTK family from the Indiana Region traveled the farthest — more than 700 miles — to visit us!)

We welcome you, all members, prospective members, PTK alumni and affiliates to our home base. Join us for an opportunity to

  • Tour the Center for Excellence
  • Network with local PTK chapters
  • Meet our staff
  • Attend in-house breakout sessions on topics such as professional development, membership recruitment strategies, scholarships and/or running for office
  • Document your trip using #PTKVisit on social media
  • Provide valuable feedback to Headquarters staff about your PTK experience

Our staff is looking forward to meeting you. We will gladly provide refreshments during your visit. Additionally, the brand new Residence Inn by Marriott: Jackson The District at Eastover is conveniently located 0.4 miles from PTK Headquarters.

In 2016, a total of 12 chapters, alumni groups and regional officer groups visited the Center for Excellence. I am confident we will increase that number significantly in 2017. I encourage you to take full advantage of Phi Theta Kappa membership by scheduling a visit to the Center for Excellence. We would be honored to have you as our esteemed guests.

Feel free to contact me at with any questions. I hope to meet all of you very soon.

Dr. Aariel Charbonnet is Phi Theta Kappa’s Manager of Member Support and Outreach.