25 January 65 Phi Theta Kappa Members Participate in Inaugural Scholar Conference Tweet January 25, 2013 Engagement, Press Room, The Experience The Experience, Engagement, Press Room 0 JACKSON, MS - Sixty-five Phi Theta Kappa members from across the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands participated in the Inaugural Scholar Conference held January 19-23 in Washington, D.C.Esteban Smith attended the Inaugural Scholar Program.D.C. area alumni visit with Dr. Risley.The Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference is a non-partisan educational event, held in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States. The Conference is hosted by Envision EMI, an education company and Phi Theta Kappa partner based in the Washington, D.C., metro area.The conference provides college students with a unique opportunity to explore the presidency, interact with political experts and analysts, network with leaders of both political parties and take part in the excitement of the 57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration.Students had the opportunity to hear from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in addition to James Carville and Mary Matalin, co-authors of All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President. Participants witnessed the inauguration ceremony, inaugural parade, and attended an exclusive Black Tie Gala Inaugural Celebration.Among the attendees was 2011-2012 Division II International Vice President Esteban Smith, who is currently pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Texas A&M Commerce. "The Inauguration was one of the most incredible and unifying events I have ever been fortunate enough to attend," Smith said. "It instills a level of pride and respect for the country that no other occasion can muster."In addition, more than 50 Phi Theta Kappa alumni, advisors and friends attended an inaugural reception hosted by Envision, Phi Theta Kappa CEO Dr. Rod Risley and Phi Theta Kappa Foundation CEO Dr. Nancy Rieves in Washington, D.C. on January 19.Phi Theta Kappa members and alumni who participated in the Inaugural Scholar Conference include:Jeremy Abreu, Broward College, FloridaRobert Annese, State University of New York at Cortland, New YorkGian Arizmendi, St. Petersburg College, FloridaRafaela Arosemena Centeno, University of Georgia, GeorgiaSandy Arroyo, Murray State College, OklahomaAlan Avitia, Knox College, IllinoisEkaterina Balakireva, South Puget Sound Community College, WashingtonDoreen Bird, Copper Mountain College, CaliforniaJacquelyn Bliss, Metropolitan State University, MinnesotaDiana Body, Malcolm X College, IllinoisJennifer Bowen, Ohio Business College, OhioFred Buhler, University of Michigan, MichiganJennifer Cammuso, Montgomery College, MarylandJanice Colombo, Berkeley College, New JerseyMichael Cox, Sierra College, CaliforniaLois Dayton, Northeastern State University, OklahomaDina G. De Campos, Central Arizona College, ArizonaKarina Desmond, New JerseyDanielle Endo, University of Hawaii, HawaiiMelissa Fajardo, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New YorkHugo Flores, Nassau Community College, New YorkJerry Foster, Houston Community College, TexasZihan Gao, University of California-Los Angeles, CaliforniaRachel Garten, Saint Charles Community College, MissouriGabriel Giganti, Florida International University, FloridaNatasha Good, Scottsdale Community College, ArizonaHeather Gough, Mount Royal University, Alberta (Canada)Courtney Hara, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HawaiiJazmin Harb, University of Colorado at Boulder, ColoradoKassie Johnson, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, IllinoisKaren Lewandowski, Hillsborough Community College, FloridaTsz Ting Li, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana, IllinoisFeifei Liu, Colorado State University, ColoradoAmanda Martin, Nova Southeastern University, FloridaMahshid Mashayekhi,� Palomar College, CaliforniaLucinda Mcconnell, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New YorkJackie McGovern, North Hennepin Community College, MinnesotaJudy Meyers-Prine, St. Petersburg College, FloridaDorothy Michaels, Molloy College, New YorkTabatha Miller, Northern Virginia Community College, VirginiaNandar Min, McLennan Community College, TexasCharles Norton, Tarrant County College, TexasChelsea Oliverio, Wayne County Community College, MichiganLisa Priem, Northern Arizona University/Coconino Community College, ArizonaSebastian Puerta, SUNY-Westchester Community College, New YorkAyesha Pushpo, SUNY-Suffolk County Community College, New YorkSe-Ri Pyo, La Guardia Community College, New YorkTeresa Rakowski, Tidewater Community College, VirginiaStephanie Roseberry, Arizona State University, ArizonaNarges Sayid, De Anza College, CaliforniaNicole� Schuyler, Hillsborough Community College, FloridaHeather Seger, University of Michigan, MichiganSonya Shellman, Wayne County Community College, MichiganSharon Shelton, Gwinnett Technical College, GeorgiaCourtney Slaton, Georgia Perimeter College, GeorgiaEsteban Smith, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College/Texas A & M University, British Virgin IslandsDeborah Suer, College of the Desert, CaliforniaJenny Tavarez, SUNY Tompkins Cortland Community College, New YorkSheila Vaughn, Indian Hills Community College, IowaAnn Vick, Butler County Community College, KansasAlex Way, Lane Community College, OregonSamantha Williams, Whatcom Community College, WashingtonJanet Woolfit, Central Arizona College, ArizonaTerilynn Zengerle. Coastal Bend College, TexasPhi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. For more information, visit www.ptk.org.The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation is focused on long-term financial stability for Phi Theta Kappa. It is dependent upon the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to ensure its future through support of existing and establishment of new endowment funds. For more information on how to contribute to scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, visit http://www.ptkfoundation.org or contact Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO, at 1.800.946.9995, ext. 3537. Comments are closed.