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Educational Forums

Our new line-up of Educational Forums will be overflowing with opportunities to learn. In the 10 rounds of forums offered, Catalyst attendees will find nearly 200 Educational Forums from which to choose.

Whether you're looking for tips to take your chapter to the next level, skills to make you more marketable to employers or a yoga practice to stretch your body and mind – PTK Catalyst has that and MORE!

Our new format will provide fast, focused info in an engaging format. Here's what to expect.

  • TED Talk-style format
  • 30 minute sessions
  • Short presentations
  • Collaborative activities
  • Group discussions
     

2017 PTK Catalyst Educational Forums

PTK  = Phi Theta Kappa forums
PPD  = Personal and professional development forums

Round 1 – April 6, 1:30 pm-2:00 pm

Making Difficult Financial Decisions Simpler PPD Sponsored by Bank of America, this forum will help you with short and long term goals.  You’ll learn action steps for some of the most common financial goals: reducing debt, creating an emergency fund, education and retirement planning. Canal C
PTK from A-Z for New Advisors PTK Learn the lingo of PTK, and increase your comprehension of concepts including online membership acceptance, REACH Rewards, Society hallmarks and chapter bylaws. Find out how service as a chapter advisor affords tangible benefits including recognition, leadership opportunities and professional advancement for you as well. This session is ideal for advisors with 0-3 years of experience. Delta Island B
Regional Officers: Taking Leadership to the Next Level PTK Especially for newly-elected Regional Officers and those who want to be: we'll share the crucial role of Regional Officers and the resources available to them. Delta Island C
Dominate PTK’s Fall Scholarships PTK Join us to learn about dominating Phi Theta Kappa’s Fall Scholarship Applications including how to apply, when to apply and what’s in it for you. Delta Island E
What is the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Study Topic? PTK Learn about PTK's biennial Honors Study Topic, its development and its purpose, and explore themes related to "How the World Works: Global Perspectives." Ryman Studio D
Be a Leader for Free Community College PTK As a student leader, you have a big role to play in Heads Up America, the movement for free community college. This forum will empower you to make your voice heard as a champion on campus and online, and the immediate steps you can take to build the movement. Ryman Studio E
Get Social: Promote your chapter and PTK via social channels PTK Phi Theta Kappa’s Director of Marketing and Communications shares tips on how to use social media to increase awareness and better connect with members and potential partners. Ryman Studio F
Communicating the Value of Membership in Phi Theta Kappa PTK Serving as a strong ambassador and recruiter for Phi Theta Kappa on your campus and in your community does not require an officer title. Understand the mindset of prospective members and equip yourself with marketable and transferable skills needed to effectively convey the value of membership. Ryman Studio G
Serving Our Mission through Five Star Chapter Plan Success PTK Chapter officers and advisors are highly encouraged to attend this session. Chapters put the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action by establishing and actively working to achieve a goal of one to five stars each year through the Five Star Chapter Plan. Learn how to report activities, and prepare to set a realistic, mission-driven goal for your chapter. Ryman Studio I

April 6, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Voting Delegates Educational Forum PTK Get the scoop on your critical role in casting your chapter's votes in the International Officer Election. Canal A
Annual Planning for Chapter Advisors PTK Chapter advisors are the lifeline for student access to PTK membership on the local campus. Attend this workshop to devise (or revise) your chapter operations game plan. Learn to leverage your most active members and officers to ensure Five Star Chapter Plan success. Whether you are a new or veteran advisor, we welcome your perspective and contributions during this collaborative session. Presidential Chamber A
College Presidents and Administrators Forum PPD College Administrators Only Join us to learn how to represent and promote your college on social media and develop your online community. We’ll discuss best practices for social media channels, brand protection, and use of social media during a campus crisis situation. Delta Island F

Round 2 – April 6, 2:15 pm -2:45 pm

Advisor 411: Ask Us Anything! PTK Still finding your way as a chapter advisor? Join us for a panel discussion and Q & A session to learn from those who have been in your shoes. Learn about the possibilities and where to begin! Bayou A
Scholarship and Grant Money at your Fingertips - Learn how to WIN them! PPD Meet Amanda ~ she earned her undergraduate degree with absolutely no debt. Amanda is the Founder of Scholarship Hot Spot on Facebook, an organization that is accessible to college students seeking scholarship opportunities. In this session, Amanda will outline how to find and apply for the plethora of scholarships, grants and financial aid available to students every year!  Sponsored by Pearson. Bayou B
CollegeFish.org 101: Catch the College & Scholarship of Your Dreams PTK Reel in all the tools CollegeFish.org has to offer to match you with best fit transfer colleges and scholarship opportunities. Over 2,000 college transfer options and over $37 million in transfer scholarships are available. Learn best practices to help you maximize this powerful resource. Canal C
International Honors Certificates: Gaining a Global Edge PTK Learn about Phi Theta Kappa’s global education courses, developed through university partners, and how colleges can offer them to students. Delta Island A
Dominate PTK’s Spring Scholarships PTK Join us to learn about dominating Phi Theta Kappa’s Spring Scholarship Applications including how to apply, when to apply and what’s in it for you. Delta Island E
Honors in Action - Academic Research PTK The cornerstone of a great Honors in Action Project is academic research. Learn how to select a Theme of the PTK Honors Study Topic, conduct academic research and analyze your research findings to determine an action that addresses a related real-world problem. Ryman Studio D
Utilizing Local Resources in the Honors in Action Project PTK Find out how to collaborate with local experts and agencies for all aspects of your Honors in Action Projects. This session will give specific tips on how to find these resources, make appropriate connections in your communities, and identify community needs to make a bigger impact with your projects! Ryman Studio F
Communicating the Value of Membership in Phi Theta Kappa PTK Serving as a strong ambassador and recruiter for Phi Theta Kappa on your campus and in your community does not require an officer title. Understand the mindset of prospective members and equip yourself with marketable and transferable skills needed to effectively convey the value of membership. Ryman Studio G
Serving Our Mission through Five Star Chapter Plan Success PTK Chapter officers and advisors are highly encouraged to attend this session. Chapters put the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action by establishing and actively working to achieve a goal of one to five stars each year through the Five Star Chapter Plan. Learn how to report activities, and prepare to set a realistic, mission-driven goal for your chapter. Ryman Studio I

April 7, 6:15 am-7:00 am

Early Morning Cardio Kickboxing PPD Sponsored by American Cancer Society Bayou C
Early Morning Yoga PPD Sponsored by American Cancer Society Bayou D

Round 3 – April 7, 8:15 am-8:45 am

Move forward with your ducks in a row PTK Chapters are faced with many challenges of connecting with members that represent different generations. Using leadership strategies from John Maxwell, and a little yellow rubber duck, this workshop will focus on the need to keep your ducks in a row and help your chapter move forward with leadership development and membership recruitment. Canal A
Conquering Cancer One Relay at a Time PTK American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event is so much more than a fundraising event. Get practical tips and inspiration from a successful chapter. Canal B
In Pursuit of Professionalism PPD How often are we placed in a setting where professionalism is non-existent? Professionalism is more than an appearance; it is the essence of how you treat others. This forum will explore qualities and resources to increase the level of professionalism in your chapters, on campus and beyond. Canal C
Advisors: Coaching Exemplary Honors in Action Projects PTK What can advisors do to coach members to organize, implement and reflect on exemplary Honors in Action projects? Learn what works from advisors who coach award-winning chapters. Canal D
Leadership Lessons Learned from Yoga PPD Yoga is for EVERYONE and can teach us important lessons of leadership that we can use at our schools and throughout our lives as leaders. Come stretch your mind, your heart and maybe even your body! All abilities welcomed and affirmed! Delta Island A
The Value of Small Talk in Leadership Development PPD Ever wonder how to start a conversation that leads to professional business topics while waiting on meeting attendees or trying to engage networking contacts? Creating conversational bridges that lead to professional relationships is a rhetorical art. This session provides a "hands-on" approach to engage in conversations and display professional behavior. Delta Island B
Member for Life: The Role of Alumni PTK Your Phi Theta Kappa Experience isn't over, but it will be different! Learn the ways you can stay engaged while ensuring a strong Society for future members. Delta Island C
Veterans in Community College & Beyond PPD Discuss veterans as a cohort/demographic, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and why community colleges are fantastic places for veterans. Also explore the pathways of veterans from community college to four-year programs, and best practices to assist veterans in their transition from service to school. Sponsored by Service to School. Delta Island D
Dominate PTK’s Fall Scholarships PTK Join us to learn about dominating Phi Theta Kappa’s Fall Scholarship Applications including how to apply, when to apply and what’s in it for you. Delta Island E
Turn your HIA into College Credits PTK Bergen Community College implemented a one-credit course that focuses on a different theme of the Honors Program Guide each semester. Hear how the chapter strengthened their ties with the college administration while also enhancing their Honors In Action projects by integrating them into the college curriculum. Delta Island F
Advisors: Personal Finance Peer Mentorships PPD Building personal finance skills for students is important to overall student success. It takes innovation, research, and planning to make the most of limited time and resources. This session will review best practices on creating peer-to-peer financial literacy programs. Sponsored by CashCourse. Governor’s Chamber E
Preparing Yourself for a Career in Nursing/Allied Health PPD Is a healthcare career right for you?  What do you need to know?  What do you need to study? Let the professionals with Hurst Review help you plan for academic and career success in nursing and allied health. Ryman Studio AB
Running for International Office PTK Considering running for the highest pinnacle of student leadership within Phi Theta Kappa? Come learn about this unique leadership experience and get your questions answered. Ryman Studio C
BlackBoard & Member Engagement PTK Do the words "mail merge" make you cringe? Do you find communicating with your members via email a difficult task? How about managing an event calendar with everyone’s differing schedules? Let us show you how we use Blackboard and other online tools for chapter communications, scheduling meetings, signing up for activities and more! Ryman Studio D
Competitive Edge: Become a Five Star Member w/Rockin' Workplace Skills PTK All members (alumni and advisors, too) have access to Phi Theta Kappa’s online professional development course where you can strengthen your soft skills and prepare for any roadblocks standing between you and your dream job. Ryman Studio E
From Honors Institute to Regional Mini Honors PTK Since not every member and advisor can attend the International Honors Institute, many regions sponsor a Regional Honors Institute. Hear from a recent Regional Mini Honors host chapter about the strategies they used to organize an Honors Study Topic-centric event with compelling speakers and engaging seminar discussions. Ryman Studio F
Future Ready: Enhancing Career Skills through Short Term Travel PPD Gain insight into the skills required to be “Future Ready” and how these skills can be strengthened through Short Term Travel. Emerging global career fields in business, medicine, engineering, and technology will also be explored. Sponsored by Envision/ISLP. Ryman Studio G
Advisor Best Practices for Membership Recruitment PTK Chapter advisors are the critical link between college campuses and our organization. The act of uploading eligible students and sending invitations creates access for students to experience the life-changing benefits of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Advisors interested in sharing best practices for identifying, inviting and recruiting prospective members on your campus are encouraged to attend. Ryman Studio H
Serving Our Mission through Five Star Chapter Plan Success PTK Chapter officers and advisors are highly encouraged to attend this session. Chapters put the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action by establishing and actively working to achieve a goal of one to five stars each year through the Five Star Chapter Plan. Learn how to report activities, and prepare to set a realistic, mission-driven goal for your chapter. Ryman Studio I
Hallmark Awards in Depth: Honors in Action - Part One PTK Two-part Ed Forum: Go beyond the basics to learn more about planning, writing and editing an outstanding Honors in Action Project Award entry. Ryman Studio JK

Round 4 – April 7, 9:00 am-9:30 am

Honors in Action: Action & Collaboration PTK You've conducted your Honors in Action research. Now what? Learn how to develop a substantive action plan that incorporates collaboration with campus and community groups as well as fellow Phi Theta Kappans. Bayou A
Scholarship Resume Workshop PPD You’ve got skills, but how do you make those skillsets marketable? Explore ways to put your skillset to work for you by creating a scholarship resume to strengthen scholarship entries and increase the competitiveness of your applications. Bayou B
Move forward with your ducks in a row PTK Chapters are faced with many challenges of connecting with members that represent different generations. Using leadership strategies from John Maxwell, and a little yellow rubber duck, this workshop will focus on the need to keep your ducks in a row and help your chapter move forward with leadership development and membership recruitment. Canal A
Healthy Living (Even As a Stressed-Out College Student) PPD We get it! With classes, work, family, chapter activities, and more, it may seem impossible to focus on your health. This forum will share specific physical activity and exercises you can do while studying or at work. Sponsored by American Cancer Society. Canal B
CollegeFish.org 101: Catch the College & Scholarship of Your Dreams PTK Reel in all the tools CollegeFish.org has to offer to match you with best fit transfer colleges and scholarship opportunities. Over 2,000 college transfer options and over $37 million in transfer scholarships are available. Learn best practices to help you maximize this powerful resource. Canal C
Making Difficult Financial Decisions Simpler PPD Sponsored by Bank of America, this forum will help you with short and long term goals.  You’ll learn action steps for some of the most common financial goals: reducing debt, creating an emergency fund, education and retirement planning. Canal D
Leadership Lessons Learned from Yoga PPD Yoga is for EVERYONE and can teach us important lessons of leadership that we can use at our schools and throughout our lives as leaders. Come stretch your mind, your heart and maybe even your body! All abilities welcomed and affirmed! Delta Island A
The Value of Small Talk in Leadership Development PPD Ever wonder how to start a conversation that leads to professional business topics while waiting on meeting attendees or trying to engage networking contacts? Creating conversational bridges that lead to professional relationships is a rhetorical art. This session provides a "hands-on" approach to engage in conversations and display professional behavior. Delta Island B
Regional Officers: Taking Leadership to the Next Level PTK Especially for newly-elected Regional Officers and those who want to be: we'll share the crucial role of Regional Officers and the resources available to them. Delta Island C
Dominate PTK’s Spring Scholarships PTK Join us to learn about dominating Phi Theta Kappa’s Spring Scholarship Applications including how to apply, when to apply and what’s in it for you. Delta Island E
Is Somebody Watching You? OR Is My Private Data Really Public? PPD The presentation will explore communications in relation to FERPA regulations and state laws. Examples include electronic communications (emails, texting), social media, and student records. Delta Island F
Money, Power, Prestige, or Ethics: What Drives You? PPD How do your personal values influence ethical leadership and integrity-based decision-making? Find out at this interactive session where you’ll be introduced to an approach for evaluating and making ethical decisions. Governor’s Chamber E
Do you know your numbers? PPD Financial aid, loans, budgeting, credit scores and credit cards can all impact your ability to be financially secure and even get a job. Find resources and tools that will help you make educated decisions to secure your financial future. Ryman Studio AB
Running for International Office PTK Considering running for the highest pinnacle of student leadership within Phi Theta Kappa? Come learn about this unique leadership experience and get your questions answered. Ryman Studio C
Professional Etiquette: Dining Dos and Don'ts PPD It's more than just knowing which fork to use: this session will help you navigate everything from a business dinner to sitting next to your college president at a banquet. Ryman Studio E
Humanities' Role in Student Success PPD Hear from current members how exploring the humanities in courses, honors programs and Phi Theta Kappa strengthens their information literacy and critical thinking skills. The student panel will also explore what makes Phi Theta Kappa members uniquely successful and how the humanities contribute to that success. Ryman Studio F
Communicating the Value of Membership in Phi Theta Kappa PTK Serving as a strong ambassador and recruiter for Phi Theta Kappa on your campus and in your community does not require an officer title. Understand the mindset of prospective members and equip yourself with marketable and transferable skills needed to effectively convey the value of membership. Ryman Studio G
I Am A Workforce/Technical Student: What's in Phi Theta Kappa for Me? PTK Join this interactive conversation about what Phi Theta Kappa membership has to offer workforce/technical students. Ryman Studio H
What is Honors in Action? PTK Honors in Action is Phi Theta Kappa's primary program for chapters, but how does it work? Hear from award-winning chapter advisors who break down the components of a transformational Honors in Action project. You'll leave fired up and ready to start your chapter's Honors in Action project! Ryman Studio I
Hallmark Awards in Depth: Honors in Action - Part Two PTK Two-part Ed Forum: Go beyond the basics to learn more about planning, writing and editing an outstanding Honors in Action Project Award entry. Ryman Studio JK

Round 5 – April 7, 4:30 pm-5:00 pm

Advisor Benefits: What's in it for You? Part 1 PTK Advisors at all levels will learn more about the scholarships and professional advancement opportunities available to advisors. There’s so much to cover, we had to break it into two parts. Bayou A
Scholarship Resume Workshop PPD You’ve got skills, but how do you make those skillsets marketable? Explore ways to put your skillset to work for you by creating a scholarship resume to strengthen scholarship entries and increase the competitiveness of your applications. Bayou B
Becoming a Phi Theta Kappa Certified Leadership Instructor PTK Advisors and College Administrators, learn about the Instructor Certification Seminars for Phi Theta Kappa's Leadership Development Studies curriculum. Canal B
Advisors: Coaching Exemplary Honors in Action Projects PTK What can advisors do to coach members to organize, implement and reflect on exemplary Honors in Action projects? Learn what works from advisors who coach award-winning chapters. Canal C
Leadership Through Improv I: Yes..And PPD This presentation is the first in a series of improv-based leadership development. This session will focus on the foundation of improv: the concept of Yes..And. Participants will begin to connect the theories of improv with personal and professional leadership. Canal D
Backstage Pass to Live Event Production PPD Join our production team for a behind the scenes look at how we prepare a General Session experience.  Lighting design, video elements, audio cues, stage blocking..take a peak “behind the curtain” into the technical, creative, and theatrical avenues available in this ever-changing industry. Limited to 25 participants. Delta Ballroom
Alumni Association Best Practices PTK Just like chapters, alumni associations may struggle with motivating members, maintaining momentum and staying focused on the alumni mission. Join us for roundtable discussions aimed at providing solutions! Delta Island C
Career Advice and Networking PPD Join us for roundtable discussions from professionals in Accounting, Business/Entrepreneurship, Government/Public Policy plus advice on seeking Internships. Delta Island D
Millennials in the Workplace! PPD This presentation will cover what millennials need to consider when entering the job force and how to strategically blend their work pursuits with their educational pursuits in order to maximize their employment opportunities in a meaningful and career progressive manner. Delta Island E
Gaining a Global Competitive Advantage through Experiences Abroad PPD Join two U.S. Department of State’s program alumni from the Gilman Scholarship and Fulbright U.S. Student Programs to learn how American students can enhance their academic, leadership, and professional capabilities through international exchange opportunities. Students will also learn about methods that will help them reflect on their relevant experiences to date, set goals and compose well-crafted, competitive scholarship essays. Delta Island F
Time Management: Say NO for Success and Happiness PPD Time management is not really about managing time, it is about personal management. This workshop aims to guide you in analyzing how you allocate time in an increasingly complex world and in response to the ever-growing technology-enabled distractions. You can reduce stress and increase achievements! Governor’s Chamber E
Can you see me? Being a Successful Team Player PPD A critical aspect of all effective teams is their ability to communicate, manage conflict and appreciate diversity. Understanding your perspectives, biases and assumptions is critical to improving your ability to communicate and thrive as a member of a diverse team. Ryman Studio AB
Capturing Campus Diversity in Your PTK Chapter PTK Creative strategies to reach underrepresented populations, online learners, and the growing population of dually enrolled high school students will be discussed. Ryman Studio C
Honors in Action - Academic Research PTK The cornerstone of a great Honors in Action Project is academic research. Learn how to select a Theme of the PTK Honors Study Topic, conduct academic research and analyze your research findings to determine an action that addresses a related real-world problem. Ryman Studio D
Competitive Edge: Become a Five Star Member w/Rockin' Workplace Skills PTK All members (alumni and advisors, too) have access to Phi Theta Kappa’s online professional development course where you can strengthen your soft skills and prepare for any roadblocks standing between you and your dream job. Ryman Studio E
How to—and how not to—use social media to build your personal brand PPD What does your digital identity say about you? Phi Theta Kappa’s Director of Marketing and Communications breaks down strategies you can do right now to better position yourself for scholarships, transferring and the job market. Ryman Studio F
Be a Leader for Free Community College PTK As a student leader, you have a big role to play in Heads Up America, the movement for free community college. This forum will empower you to make your voice heard as a champion on campus and online, and the immediate steps you can take to build the movement. Ryman Studio G
Advisor Best Practices for Membership Recruitment PTK Chapter advisors are the critical link between college campuses and our organization. The act of uploading eligible students and sending invitations creates access for students to experience the life-changing benefits of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Advisors interested in sharing best practices for identifying, inviting and recruiting prospective members on your campus are encouraged to attend. Ryman Studio H
I Am A Workforce/Technical Student: What's in Phi Theta Kappa for Me? PTK Join this interactive conversation about what Phi Theta Kappa membership has to offer workforce/technical students. Ryman Studio I
Fundraising: Chapters Share Their Best Moneymakers PTK Chapters that have had fundraising success join Phi Theta Kappa’s Director of Philanthropy to share their expertise and suggestions for conducting effective fundraising campaigns. Ryman Studio JK

Round 6 – April 7, 5:15 pm-5:45 pm

Advisor Benefits: What's in it for You? Part 2 PTK Advisors at all levels will learn more about the scholarships and professional advancement opportunities available to advisors. There’s so much to cover, we had to break it into two parts. Bayou A
Individual Hallmark Awards: Getting Your Advisors, Officers & Members On Stage PTK Come hear what distinguishes advisors, members and officers as award-winning, and how to effectively communicate your nominee’s achievements in a Hallmark Award entry. Canal B
Making the Move: The Transition from Community College to the Four-Year School PPD Learn the steps for selecting the right college, searching for funding, and preparing for transfer that will make all the difference in a successful transfer to university life. Canal C
Leadership Through Improv II: Listening PPD This presentation is the second in a series of improv-based leadership development. This session will focus on the vital skill of listening and how it leads to team building, trust, and creative collaboration. Canal D
Backstage Pass to Live Event Production PPD Join our production team for a behind the scenes look at how we prepare a General Session experience.  Lighting design, video elements, audio cues, stage blocking..take a peak “behind the curtain” into the technical, creative, and theatrical avenues available in this ever-changing industry. Limited to 25 participants. Delta Ballroom
PTK from A-Z for New Advisors PTK Learn the lingo of PTK, and increase your comprehension of concepts including online membership acceptance, REACH Rewards, Society hallmarks and chapter bylaws. Find out how service as a chapter advisor affords tangible benefits including recognition, leadership opportunities and professional advancement for you as well. This session is ideal for advisors with 0-3 years of experience. Delta Island B
Alumni Association Best Practices PTK Just like chapters, alumni associations may struggle with motivating members, maintaining momentum and staying focused on the alumni mission. Join us for roundtable discussions aimed at providing solutions! Delta Island C
Career Advice and Networking PPD Join us for roundtable discussions from professionals in the Music Industry, Business/Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology plus advice on seeking Internships. Delta Island D
Selective College Admissions PPD Dreaming of going to an Ivy League or a highly selective admissions college but are intimidated by the process? Get some tips from our panel of admissions experts, including a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholar who is now attending a highly selective university. Delta Island E
Get That Job! PPD In this forum, attendees will learn what audience-centered communication means and how to use the strategy to effectively make connections from your Phi Theta Kappa experiences during a job interview. Delta Island F
Time Management: Say NO for Success and Happiness PPD Time management is not really about managing time, it is about personal management. This workshop aims to guide you in analyzing how you allocate time in an increasingly complex world and in response to the ever-growing technology-enabled distractions. You can reduce stress and increase achievements! Governor’s Chamber E
College Transfer 101: Tips from Transfer Admissions Pros PPD So you're ready to transfer to a four-year college? Get tips and real-world advice for the next stage of your college journey from four-year college transfer admissions pros to help ensure your success. Ryman Studio AB
In Your Words: Self-Publishing PPD Self-publishing has been made easy by large companies such as Amazon and small companies such as Lulu that have invested in software that takes your book from inkling to isbn. Could this be the nudge you need to finally finish your great American novel? Here's how. Ryman Studio C
What is the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Study Topic? PTK Learn about PTK's biennial Honors Study Topic, its development and its purpose, and explore themes related to "How the World Works: Global Perspectives." Ryman Studio D
Professional Etiquette: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You PPD This session will reveal the six S’s of making a good impression, what to do when you forget a person's name, and the three R's to remember when things go wrong. Ryman Studio E
Get Social: How to promote your chapter and PTK via social channels PTK Phi Theta Kappa’s Director of Marketing and Communications shares tips on how to use social media to increase awareness and better connect with members and potential partners. Ryman Studio F
Using Photovoice Research Tool PPD Photovoice is a participatory action research strategy that utilizes photography and a grassroots approach to influence social change. Learn more about how it can enhance the strength and reach of your research efforts. Ryman Studio G
The Bullet Journal: 21st Century Organization with Ancient Technology PPD In classes and workplaces, it seems nearly everything of importance exists only on screens and in digital form. The recent trend known as bullet journaling has a lot of people returning to paper rather than having their whole lives organized only by electronic means. Participants will view examples, obtain resources, and create bullet journal pages with a variety of organizational tools and strategies. Ryman Studio H
Creative Way to Enhance Your Meetings PPD Looking for a hands-on activity to use during your chapter meeting or work meeting? If so, you will not want to miss this creative, interactive, and fun exercise. Join Mary and Molly as they lead a high energy exercise that will teach important life lessons including the ever important lesson of not making assumptions. Sponsored by Pearson. Ryman Studio I
Successful Fundraising: Learn From Our Mistakes PTK A super-successful fundraising chapter shares their hits and misses and the crucial planning techniques you need to ensure your moneymaking initiatives are not a waste of time. Ryman Studio JK

April 8, 6:15 am-7:00 am

Early Morning Cardio Kickboxing PPD Sponsored by American Cancer Society Bayou C
Early Morning Yoga PPD Sponsored by American Cancer Society Bayou D

Round 7 – April 8, 8:15 am-8:45 am

Individual Hallmark Awards: Getting Your Advisors, Officers & Members On Stage PTK Come hear what distinguishes advisors, members and officers as award-winning, and how to effectively communicate your nominee’s achievements in a Hallmark Award entry. Canal B
Leadership Through Improv III: I Got Your Back PPD This presentation is the third in a series of improv-based leadership development. This session will focus on building team cohesion and unity through improv games that create community. Canal D
Leadership Lessons Learned from Yoga PPD Yoga is for EVERYONE and can teach us important lessons of leadership that we can use at our schools and throughout our lives as leaders. Come stretch your mind, your heart and maybe even your body! All abilities welcomed and affirmed! Delta Island A
Member for Life: The Role of Alumni PTK Your Phi Theta Kappa Experience isn't over, but it will be different! Learn the ways you can stay engaged while ensuring a strong Society for future members. Delta Island C
Preparing yourself for a career in Nursing/Allied Health PPD Is a healthcare career right for you?  What do you need to know?  What do you need to study?   Let the professionals with Hurst Review help you plan for academic and career success in nursing and allied health. Delta Island E
Is Somebody Watching You? OR Is My Private Data Really Public? PPD The presentation will explore communications in relation to FERPA regulations and state laws. Examples include electronic communications (emails, texting), social media, and student records. Delta Island F
Time Management: Say NO for Success and Happiness PPD Time management is not really about managing time, it is about personal management. This workshop aims to guide you in analyzing how you allocate time in an increasingly complex world and in response to the ever-growing technology-enabled distractions. You can reduce stress and increase achievements! Governor’s Chamber E
Can you see me? Being a Successful Team Player PPD A critical aspect of all effective teams is their ability to communicate, manage conflict and appreciate diversity. Understanding your perspectives, biases and assumptions is critical to improving your ability to communicate and thrive as a member of a diverse team. Ryman Studio AB
In Your Words: Self-Publishing PPD Self-publishing has been made easy by large companies such as Amazon and small companies such as Lulu that have invested in software that takes your book from inkling to isbn. Could this be the nudge you need to finally finish your great American novel? Here's how. Ryman Studio C
Accepting the Honors Case Study Challenge PTK Learn how participating in the Honors Case Study Challenge can supplement your Honors in Action research, help fulfill the Five Star Level of the Five Star Chapter Plan AND help fulfill the Five Star Level of Competitive Edge. Ryman Studio D
Diversity in PTK Scholarships PTK Not transferring to a four-year college, but still need scholarships to help you complete an associate’s degree or career credential? Join us to learn about scholarships supporting students not transferring, explore scholarships that can be used at the two or four-year college & scholarships for master’s programs. Ryman Studio E
Transfer Friendly Reminders PPD These #transferfriendly reminders will help change the way you look at finding the institution that’s best for you or your students. Ryman Studio F
Be a Leader for Free Community College PTK As a student leader, you have a big role to play in Heads Up America, the movement for free community college. This forum will empower you to make your voice heard as a champion on campus and online. This forum will empower you to make your voice heard as a champion on campus and online, and the immediate steps you can take to build the movement. Ryman Studio G
Advisor Advice: Creative Ways of Getting Students to Take Notes! PTK How do we “sell” note-taking to students? This workshop will explore how to recognize a note-taking need in a particular classroom or with a group of students through observation. We will discuss traditional methods as well as creative ways to get digitally-minded students engaged in the hands-on strategies of note-taking. Ryman Studio H
Serving Our Mission through Five Star Chapter Plan Success PTK Chapter officers and advisors are highly encouraged to attend this session. Chapters put the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action by establishing and actively working to achieve a goal of one to five stars each year through the Five Star Chapter Plan. Learn how to report activities, and prepare to set a realistic, mission-driven goal for your chapter. Ryman Studio I
Create a Transfer Student Budget PPD Whether you are completely new to budgeting, or you’ve got a system to track spending that works for you, learn some strategies for building a transfer student budget. This session will give you the steps you need to make (and maintain) a budget that works for you as you transition from a two-year program to a four-year program. Sponsored by CashCourse. Ryman Studio JK

Special Event for Competitive Edge Participants – April 8, 9:00 am-10:00 am

Fail Fast, Fail Frequently, Fail Forward: Strategies for Personal and Professional Success! PPD Failure is often considered a "dirty word" for people who are driven to succeed, but failure is actually a necessary part of success. Learn more about what you can do to prepare for, embrace, and use failure to develop the skills necessary for personal and professional success. Governor's Ballroom

Round 8 – April 8, 9:00 am-9:30 am

Smart Answers to Job Interview Questions PPD “Tell me about yourself” is just one common question you might encounter on a job interview, no matter what career field you’re in. Hear expert advice on how to respond to tough job interview questions with confidence. Canal B
CollegeFish.org 101: Catch the College & Scholarship of Your Dreams PTK Reel in all the tools CollegeFish.org has to offer to match you with best fit transfer colleges and scholarship opportunities. Over 2,000 college transfer options and over $37 million in transfer scholarships are available. Learn best practices to help you maximize this powerful resource. Canal C
Leadership Through Improv IV: Failing Epically PPD This presentation is the fourth in a series of improv-based leadership development. This session will focus on the importance of taking risks, going all-in, and learning to fail with aplomb! Canal D
Making the Move: The Transition from Community College to the Four-Year School PPD Learn the steps for selecting the right college, searching for funding, and preparing for transfer that will make all the difference in a successful transfer to university life. Delta Island B
Taking the Lead: Chapter Officer Team Best Practices PTK Learn how to create and develop a strong officer team to lead your local chapter. Suggested election processes, roles, duties and leadership skills will be included, as will tips for maintaining a team spirit and avoiding burnout. Delta Island E
Get That Job! PPD In this forum, attendees will learn what audience-centered communication means and how to use the strategy to effectively make connections from your Phi Theta Kappa experiences during a job interview. Delta Island F
Money, Power, Prestige or Ethics: What Drives You? PPD How do your personal values influence ethical leadership and integrity-based decision-making? Find out at this interactive session where you’ll be introduced to an approach for evaluating and making ethical decisions. Governor’s Chamber E
Honors in Action: Reflecting & Journaling PTK Learn how to effectively reflect at every stage of your Honors in Action Project and to keep a journal that will help your team organize, implement and write about your opportunities, challenges and successes. Ryman Studio AB
Running for International Office PTK Considering running for the highest pinnacle of student leadership within Phi Theta Kappa? Come learn about this unique leadership experience and get your questions answered. Ryman Studio C
Overcoming the Obstacles to Retaining Active Members PTK Once you understand the reasons why members do not remain active in the chapter, you can learn how to better assist them to overcome these obstacles. Take advantage of the strategies this chapter has used to increase member engagement. Ryman Studio D
Competitive Edge: Become a Five Star Member w/Rockin' Workplace Skills PTK All members (alumni and advisors, too) have access to Phi Theta Kappa’s online professional development course where you can strengthen your soft skills and prepare for any roadblocks standing between you and your dream job. Ryman Studio E
Membership Strategies PTK Two advisors share their successful membership recruitment practices and then facilitate small groups to come up with their own strategies for effective engagement. Ryman Studio F
Communicating the Value of Membership in Phi Theta Kappa PTK Serving as a strong ambassador and recruiter for Phi Theta Kappa on your campus and in your community does not require an officer title. Understand the mindset of prospective members and equip yourself with marketable and transferable skills needed to effectively convey the value of membership. Ryman Studio G
Advisor Best Practices for Membership Recruitment PTK Chapter advisors are the critical link between college campuses and our organization. The act of uploading eligible students and sending invitations creates access for students to experience the life-changing benefits of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Advisors interested in sharing best practices for identifying, inviting and recruiting prospective members on your campus are encouraged to attend. Ryman Studio H
Leadership through Professionalism PPD How do you dress for an interview? How do you address co-workers and bosses? How can you exhibit leadership and gain respect from your peers? Cover these topics and more to help you nail the interview and rock your workplace. Ryman Studio I
Fundraising: Chapters Share Their Best Moneymakers PTK Chapters that have had fundraising success join Phi Theta Kappa’s Director of Philanthropy to share their expertise and suggestions for conducting effective fundraising campaigns. Ryman Studio JK

Round 9 – April 8, 9:45 am-10:15 am

Your Voice: Opinions in a Social World PPD How to get your point across while remaining respectful online. Ryman Studio E
Honors in Action: Action & Collaboration PTK You've conducted your Honors in Action research. Now what? Learn how to develop a substantive action plan that incorporates collaboration with campus and community groups as well as fellow Phi Theta Kappans. Bayou A
What is Honors in Action? PTK Honors in Action is Phi Theta Kappa's primary program for chapters, but how does it work? Hear from award-winning chapter advisors who break down the components of a transformational Honors in Action project. You'll leave fired up and ready to start your chapter's Honors in Action project! Bayou B
Inspiration Through Co-Advising PTK Explore how two (or more) co-advisors with different personalities and strengths can come together to motivate members. Attendees will learn who they are as advisors and how to leverage those strengths to get members excited and engaged. Canal A
Honors in Action: Exercise of Leadership and Leadership Development PTK Learn the distinction between exercise of leadership and leadership development as they relate to an Honors in Action Project. What are the characteristics of exemplary leadership actions and training for Honors in Action?. Canal B
Anatomy of a Winning Scholarship Application PTK Learn tips and tricks from past scholarship recipients, an advisor, a nominator and a judge to strengthen your scholarship entries and increase the competitiveness of your applications. Canal C
Leadership Through Improv V: Bring a Brick PPD This presentation is the fifth in a series of improv-based leadership development. This session will focus on the importance of group collaboration and removing ego from community creation. Canal D
PTK from A-Z for New Advisors PTK Learn the lingo of PTK, and increase your comprehension of concepts including online membership acceptance, REACH Rewards, Society hallmarks and chapter bylaws. Find out how service as a chapter advisor affords tangible benefits including recognition, leadership opportunities and professional advancement for you as well. This session is ideal for advisors with 0-3 years of experience. Delta Island B
Taking the Lead: Chapter Officer Team Best Practices PTK Learn how to create and develop a strong officer team to lead your local chapter. Suggested election processes, roles, duties and leadership skills will be included, as will tips for maintaining a team spirit and avoiding burnout. Delta Island E
Is Somebody Watching You? OR Is My Private Data Really Public? PPD The presentation will explore communications in relation to FERPA regulations and state laws. Examples include electronic communications (emails, texting), social media, and student records. Delta Island F
2017 Honors Institute PTK Learn about the 2017 Honors Institute, which is June 5-10 at Loyola University Lake Shore campus in Chicago, and how attendance can lead to a deeper understanding of the Honors Study Topic, Honors in Action and a network of resources and relationships that last well after the event ends. Governor’s Chamber E
Own Your Passion! PTK Have you ever wondered why you or your chapter members leave a meeting feeling less than inspired? What do you need to do so everyone hits the ground running when you return from Catalyst 2017? Come to this session to discover your why, what inspires you and others, and feed your passion! Ryman Studio AB
Capturing Campus Diversity in Your PTK Chapter PTK Creative strategies to reach underrepresented populations, online learners, and the growing population of dually enrolled high school students will be discussed. Ryman Studio C
Overcoming the Obstacles to Retaining Active Members PTK Once you understand the reasons why members do not remain active in the chapter, you can learn how to better assist them to overcome these obstacles. Take advantage of the strategies this chapter has used to increase member engagement. Ryman Studio D
Transfer Friendly Reminders PPD These #transferfriendly reminders will help change the way you look at finding the institution that’s best for you or your students. Ryman Studio F
In Pursuit of Professionalism PPD How often are we placed in a setting where professionalism is non-existent? Professionalism is more than an appearance; it is the essence of how you treat others. This forum will explore qualities and resources to increase the level of professionalism in your chapters, on campus and beyond. Ryman Studio G
Advisor Best Practices for Membership Recruitment PTK Chapter advisors are the critical link between college campuses and our organization. The act of uploading eligible students and sending invitations creates access for students to experience the life-changing benefits of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Advisors interested in sharing best practices for identifying, inviting and recruiting prospective members on your campus are encouraged to attend. Ryman Studio H
Leadership through Professionalism PPD How do you dress for an interview? How do you address co-workers and bosses? How can you exhibit leadership and gain respect from your peers? Cover these topics and more to help you nail the interview and rock your workplace. Ryman Studio I
Do You Know the Top 5 People You Need To Meet In College? PPD Join author, academic advisor and Phi Theta Kappa alumna Dianna Blake as she shares the most important people you need to know on campus to guarantee college (and transfer) success for nontraditional students. Important person #3 might surprise you. Sponsored by Cengage. Ryman Studio JK

April 8, 10:00 am-11:00 am

Alumni Business Meeting PTK Get the inside scoop about opportunities for alumni in the year ahead. Presidential Chamber A

Round 10 – April 8, 10:30 am-11:00 am

Your Voice: Opinions in a Social World PPD How to get your point across while remaining respectful online. Ryman Studio F
Advisor 411: Ask Us Anything! PTK Still finding your way as a chapter advisor? Join us for a panel discussion and Q & A session to learn from those who have been in your shoes. Learn about the possibilities and where to begin! Bayou A
Honors in Action: Reflecting & Journaling PTK Learn how to effectively reflect at every stage of your Honors in Action Project and to keep a journal that will help your team organize, implement and write about your opportunities, challenges and successes. Bayou B
Inspiration Through Co-Advising PTK Explore how two (or more) co-advisors with different personalities and strengths can come together to motivate members. Attendees will learn who they are as advisors and how to leverage those strengths to get members excited and engaged. Canal A
Honors in Action: Exercise of Leadership and Leadership Development PTK Learn the distinction between exercise of leadership and leadership development as they relate to an Honors in Action Project. What are the characteristics of exemplary leadership actions and training for Honors in Action?. Canal B
Money, Power, Prestige, or Ethics: What Drives You? PPD How do your personal values influence ethical leadership and integrity-based decision-making? Find out at this interactive session where you’ll be introduced to an approach for evaluating and making ethical decisions. Canal C
Leadership Through Improv VI: Being a Machine or “Where do I fit in?” PPD This presentation is the sixth and final session in a series of improv-based leadership development. This session will focus on the task of finding our fit in the bigger picture of our organizations and life. Canal D
Bystander Interventions PPD Have you ever wished you had stood up for someone when they were being bullied? Have you ever let an offensive joke go unchecked because you didn’t know how to address it? Learn and then practice strategies that you as a student leader can use to interrupt bullying and help support a safe campus for all students. Delta Island B
Millennials in the Workplace! PPD This presentation will cover what millennials need to consider when entering the job force and how to strategically blend their work pursuits with their educational pursuits in order to maximize their employment opportunities in a meaningful and career progressive manner. Delta Island E
Get That Job! PPD In this forum, attendees will learn what audience-centered communication means and how to use the strategy to effectively make connections from your Phi Theta Kappa experiences during a job interview. Delta Island F
Advisor Benefits: Mosal and Marshall Awards PTK Scholarships aren’t just for students! Find out how advisors can apply for a $5,000 scholarship for the completion of projects that lead to professional growth as scholars and leaders with advice from award winners. Governor’s Chamber E
Own Your Passion! PTK Have you ever wondered why you or your chapter members leave a meeting feeling less than inspired? What do you need to do so everyone hits the ground running when you return from Catalyst 2017? Come to this session to discover your why, what inspires you and others, and feed your passion! Ryman Studio AB
Marketing & Communication Strategies for Faculty/Administrators PPD Join Phi Theta Kappa’s Director of Marketing and Communications for insights on how to cut through the clutter and information overload to more effectively communicate with your audiences. Ryman Studio C
Using Photovoice Research Tool PPD Photovoice is a participatory action research strategy that utilizes photography and a grassroots approach to influence social change. Learn more about how it can enhance the strength and reach of your research efforts. Ryman Studio D
Professional Etiquette: Dining Do's and Don'ts PPD It's more than just knowing which fork to use: this session will help you navigate everything from a business dinner to sitting next to your college president at a banquet. Ryman Studio E
Communicating the Value of Membership in Phi Theta Kappa PTK Serving as a strong ambassador and recruiter for Phi Theta Kappa on your campus and in your community does not require an officer title. Understand the mindset of prospective members and equip yourself with marketable and transferable skills needed to effectively convey the value of membership. Ryman Studio G
Advisor Best Practices for Membership Recruitment PTK Chapter advisors are the critical link between college campuses and our organization. The act of uploading eligible students and sending invitations creates access for students to experience the life-changing benefits of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Advisors interested in sharing best practices for identifying, inviting and recruiting prospective members on your campus are encouraged to attend. Ryman Studio H
BlackBoard & Member Engagement PTK Do the words "mail merge" make you cringe? Do you find communicating with your members via email a difficult task? How about managing an event calendar with everyone’s differing schedules? Let us show you how we use Blackboard and other online tools for chapter communications, scheduling meetings, signing up for activities and more! Ryman Studio I
Become a Money Mentor PPD Building personal finance skills is an important part of your achievement in school, and counseling your peers on this topic can not only build your own expertise, but also help empower other students to succeed. Learn how to develop as a leader in the field of peer mentorship, and the steps to creating a quality peer-to-peer personal finance program on your campus. Sponsored by CashCourse. Ryman Studio JK