2017 PTK Honors Institute

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The Blank Lecture Series

The 2017 Blank Lecture is the City As TextTM presentations by the 2017 Honors Institute seminar groups. The Blank Lecture is presented in honor of Professor Robert Blank. Prior to his retirement, Blank was a history professor and Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisor at the State University of New York in Farmingdale and was New England/Middle States Regional Coordinator. Blank is a past chairman of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors and served for many years as Honors Institute Coordinator. Blank was instrumental in the development of the role of the seminar groups. He now makes his home in Vermont.

The Cordier Lecture Series

The 2017 Cordier Lecture is the City As TextTM Introduction to Chicago and commemorates the service of the late June Cordier. While a faculty member at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, Cordier was the charter advisor for the Theta Omega Chapter and served as the first Illinois Regional Coordinator. As a Coordinator in 1968, Cordier was closely involved in the creation of the Honors Institute.

The Fedor Lecture Series

The 2017 Fedor Lecture is presented by entrepreneur and fashion designer Maria Pinto. The Fedor Lecture is named for Dr. Joan Fedor and her late husband, Robert Fedor. Dr. Fedor was a longtime advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. She served as Coordinator for the Washington Region (now Greater Northwest Region) and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program Council. At the 2008 Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Fedor was named an International Honorary Member. Robert Fedor served in the Air Force during World War II and was an engineer for Boeing prior to his retirement. Dr. Fedor now resides in Arizona.

The Freeman Lecture Series

The 2017 Freeman Lecture is "The Whirled News Tonight" presented by iO Improv. Dr. Joyce Freeman and Dr. Janice Freeman, twin sisters, are both retired professors of biology at Texas A&M University. The Freemans are Phi Theta Kappa alumnae and were named Distinguished Alumni in 1975. They have served on the Society Board of Directors, as chapter advisors and as alumni advisors. The Freemans received the prestigious Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. The Freemans live in Texas.

The Jardine Lecture Series

The 2017 Jardine Lecture is presented by polar explorer and educator Ann Bancroft and honors the contributions of Leanne W. Jardine and Richard Jardine. Leanne Jardine, former New York Regional Coordinator and chapter advisor at Herkimer County Community College, is the 2002 recipient of the Board of Directors Alumni Award. She became a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Mohawk Valley Community College. She was a professor of business at Herkimer County Community College. Richard Jardine is a retired teacher and an adjunct faculty member at Herkimer County Community College.

The Modschiedler Lecture Series

The 2017 Modschiedler Lecture is the silent film Chicago, the Roxie Hart story, with musical accompaniment by ragtime and jazz musician Ethan Uslan. The lecture recognizes the contributions of Dr. John Modschiedler, advisor emeritus at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. During his 15 years as advisor, the chapter at the College of DuPage grew to be the largest in the entire Society. Modschiedler is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and taught religious studies, philosophy and ethics. Modschiedler lives in Illinois.

The Wyatt Lecture Series

The 2017 Wyatt Lecture is the "How the World Works: History and Culture of Chicago" presented by historian Dr. Domenico Ferri. The lecture pays tribute to Gayle Wyatt, a former member of the Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters staff, who played a key role in the creation and development of the Honors Study Topic and the Honors Institute. Wyatt is a former college teacher and served as Academic Dean at Navarro College. He resides in Texas.