Polling Hours

Opens
Wednesday, April 18, 2:00 pm

Closes
Friday, April 20, 10:00 pm

 

Voter Registration Booth Hours

Wednesday, April 18
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 19
7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Friday, April 20
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
 

Online Voting

All advisors attending PTK CATALYST may cast a vote in the ACA Secretary Representing Division I election and the Board of Directors Advisor Representative election.

When polling opens on Wednesday, April 18, each advisor will receive an email from ptkvote@ptk.org containing a link to online voting. The email will be sent to your email address on file at Headquarters.

Advisors without email access may use one of the computers at the Voter Registration Booth in Lobby 2200 to access email and cast their votes.


Meet the Candidates

Candidates will be available to answer questions before and after the Advisor Luncheon in Room 2103.


2018 Candidates

Michelle Coach | Wendy Samuel

Candidates were asked to share information about their Phi Theta Kappa experiences by responding to the following questions. Each answer may be up to 75 words in length. Responses appear here just as they were submitted on each candidate's application.


 

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Michelle Coach
Asnuntuck Community College
Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter
Connecticut
Advisor since October 2013

What is your position at your college?
My current position at Asnuntuck Community College is the Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. In this position, I am the Chief Academic Officer of the college and oversee all academic programming. I also teach Biology courses and serve as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor on campus.

What do you consider to be your most important leadership role in Phi Theta Kappa?
Since March 2015, I have been the New England Regional Coordinator. In this role, I work closely with the regional officers and plan at least two conferences annually. I communicate with all chapter advisors through a monthly newsletter, email updates to advisors regularly, communicate with chapter officers, post information about events on Facebook, work with the New England Regional Advisory Board, and serve as an advisor with the New England Region Alumni (NERA).

Describe your most significant contribution to Phi Theta Kappa.
During my time as Regional Coordinator, I have watched New England grow. We held the CTC4 [College Completion] in October 2015 and the NEC4 in October 2017. We had over 50% of the chapters in New England participated in the NEC4. We have received two Regional Awards, Regional Milestone and Distinguished Region, over the past two years. My last name is “Coach”, and I am working to coach New England so it shines!

Describe your most recent participation in an International Phi Theta Kappa event.
Last June, the Associate Regional Coordinator (ARC) and I attended Honors Institute with our New England Regional Officers. I had the privilege of working with a group of regional officers during a brainstorming session about Membership Strategies. This event also served as a time for planning 2017-2018 with the New England Regional Officers. I am happy to share that I will be serving as a Faculty Scholar at Honors Institute for the next two years.

Why do you wish to serve as Association of Chapter Advisors Secretary/Division I Representative?
I have had the opportunity to be a voice, cheerleader, and sounding board for the advisors of New England these past years. I would like to extend that collaboration and communication to the regions of Division I. I communicate with headquarters on a weekly basis, and I welcome any and all information that could be included from our division. Communication makes us stronger, and I would enjoy being the conduit.


 

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Wendy Samuel
Midlands Technical College
Alpha Eta Kappa Chapter
South Carolina
Advisor since June 1, 2013

What is your position at your college?
I am the Associate Director, Student Information Services – Fairfield Campus.

What do you consider to be your most important leadership role in Phi Theta Kappa?
Being a coach and mentor for our chapter members is my most important leadership role in Phi Theta Kappa. Encouraging them as they reach for goals they did not think possible for themselves is significant for both them and me. Having the opportunity to work with this vastly diverse group of students and watch them learn from each other as well as the Phi Theta Kappa programs inspires me every day.

Describe your most significant contribution to Phi Theta Kappa.
As an advisor we not only coach our students, but we also serve as an advocate for them and the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at our college. Making sure the students and chapter get the needed support from college administration and recognition for the hard work and effort that they put into everything they do.

Describe your most recent participation in an International Phi Theta Kappa event.
The first time I attended an annual convention, I could only think, WOW I have never experienced anything like this and it feels like that every time. The experience of watching my students celebrating their accomplishments and those of everyone around them is exhilarating. The opportunities to network and learn from the experience of other advisors and gain new perspectives through speakers and educational forums is incredibly valuable.

Why do you wish to serve as Association of Chapter Advisors Secretary/Division I Representative?
I wish to serve as ACA Secretary/Division I representative because I want to continue to grow as an advisor. I would value the opportunity to work more closely with other advisors in the division, hear their concerns, their successes and serve as their liaison with headquarters. I feel honored to be nominated by fellow advisors and hope that I can be a worthy representative for the division.