Phi Theta Kappa Remembers Kentucky Regional Coordinator Margo Hamm

Jackson, MS - Margo Hamm, Kentucky Regional Coordinator and Associate Dean of Library & Learning Resources at Somerset Community College, died May 5 in Portsmouth, Ohio.


Margo Hamm

Hamm had served as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor since 1995 and as Kentucky Regional Coordinator since 2000. At the time of her death, she was also serving as a 2015 Faculty Scholar and as Service Learning Representative on the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program Council.

"Margo served as Kentucky Regional Coordinator for 15 years��that multi-faceted leadership role is a huge time commitment and requires leadership of students and advisors alike," said Jennifer Stanford, Phi Theta Kappa's Chief Student Engagement Officer. "The energy she gave never waned. In fact, she got even more involved by applying to serve on our Honors Program Council.

"It says a lot about her unwavering commitment to Phi Theta Kappa and her desire to serve others. She will be deeply missed."�

Named an honorary member of the Alpha Omega Gamma Chapter at Ashland Community and Technical College in 2002, Hamm was also a certified faculty member for Phi Theta Kappa's Leadership Development Program.

"We are heartbroken to have lost a colleague and friend who made the world a better place," said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa's Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. "Margo added intellectual curiosity, empathy and a strong knowledge of Marvel legends to the Honors Program Council, and she was a wonderful Faculty Scholar.

"All of us who were privileged to work with her on the Council and at the Faculty Scholar Conference will miss her kindness to everyone and her passion for Phi Theta Kappa."

During her 20 years of service to Phi Theta Kappa, Hamm had been named a Giles Distinguished Advisor, Distinguished Advisor, Continued Excellence Advisor and a recipient of the Paragon Award for Advisors.

She received the Distinguished Regional Coordinator award in 2006, and under her leadership, the Kentucky Region was named a Distinguished Region in 2015. The Kentucky Region includes 22 chapters and the Kentucky Region Alumni Association. The region also received a Regional Milestone Award in 2008 and a Distinguished Region Award in 2009.

The Omicron Zeta Chapter at Somerset Community Technical College is perennially among the Society's top 100 chapters and a Five Star chapter. In 2015 the chapter also earned a Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award.

View the complete obituary online.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 noon at Gaydos Funeral Home in Vanceburg, Kentucky. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday with a meal to follow, both at Vanceburg Christian Church.

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