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Fall Awareness Week is Sept. 26-30!

Fall Awareness Week is Sept. 26-30!

Phi Theta Kappa’s Fall Awareness Week is nearly upon us! This is a grass-roots initiative that coordinates chapters around the world in one common goal: telling everyone why membership in Phi Theta Kappa matters.

Mark Your Calendars

The official week is September 26-30. You’ll notice a greater emphasis on Phi Theta Kappa’s benefits on our social media channels and here on the blog, and we’ll be hosting a series of related webinars each evening at 8 p.m. CT. Here's the schedule:

Monday, September 26 — Scholarships | Register for the webinar.
Tuesday, September 27 — Job Skills | Register for the webinar.
Wednesday, September 28 — Recognition | Register for the webinar.
Friday, September 30 — Community | Register for the webinar.

On Thursday, we’ll celebrate you and those who support you with #ThankfulThursday posts on social media. We’d love to see your messages of thanks to those who have supported you along your educational path.

You might also consider recognizing your college president as an Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa. Now through the end of the year, this is free for chapters.

Also on Thursday, September 29, we’re hosting a special LinkedIn webinar with Career Strategist Coach Ron Nash at 7:30 p.m. CT focused on building your LinkedIn profile. Register now.

More Ways You Can Participate

Awareness Week only works if you join in! Check out our online toolkit full of free resources like social media posts, videos, posters, brochures and more that you can incorporate into your plans.

You’ll also want to check out the recording of this webinar, “Gearing Up for Awareness Week,” that was recently held and featured recruitment best practices from some of the 2016-17 International Officers. Please note that once you click the link, you’ll need to download the file in order to view the entire webinar.

We asked some chapters who regularly hold awareness events that draw big crowds to share some ideas with us. These activities can be easily replicated on your campus. Share more ideas in the comments below.

Beta Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Stark State College, OhioAdvisor Cherie Barth sends a list of eligible students by major to all department chairs on campus. The chapter then creates a Faculty Awareness Flyer listing the benefits of Phi Theta Kappa and distributes it to all faculty members so they are armed with the information they need to recommend PTK to their students.

Eta Omega Chapter, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Wesson Campus, Mississippi — Samuel King, the chapter’s Vice President of Research, is leading the first “Brain Games” event, which seeks to educate the student body, faculty and staff on PTK’s four hallmarks in a fun way. It will also illustrate how everyone can be a part of Phi Theta Kappa. King is also working with the campus newspaper to arrange coverage of the event.

Alpha Eta Chi Chapter, Passaic County Community College, New Jersey — The chapter is in the middle of a month-long “Push the Pin” campaign. Members wear their Phi Theta Kappa pin and talk to people about what it is and what it means. And, at a bake sale earlier this month, chapter members distributed PTK benefit brochures and flyers to those who bought treats. The information was tailored to students and faculty members.

Find other best practices from chapters who are putting up some big membership acceptance numbers in the toolkit.

Regardless of how you celebrate Awareness Week, share your photos and videos with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by tagging them #PTKMembershipMatters and #PTKawareness. You can also email them to

Last but not least, be sure to share a #PTKselfie with us of you in your favorite Phi Theta Kappa shirt throughout the week. We’ll choose one selfie each day to win a prize from the Phi Theta Kappa Store.

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