Lecture Sponsors

The First General Session Lecture by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is generously sponsored by the following Phi Theta Kappa supporters.

Robert Blank

Prior to his retirement, Professor Robert 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 late June Cordier

While a faculty member at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, June 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.


Dr. Joan Fedor and the late Robert Fedor

Dr. Joan 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.


Dr. Joyce Freeman and the late Dr. Janice Freeman

Dr. Joyce Freeman and the late 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. Dr. Joyce Freeman lives in Texas.


Leanne 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.


John Modschiedler

Dr. John Modschiedler is advisor emeritus at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. During his 15 years as chapter 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.


Gayle Wyatt

Gayle Wyatt is 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.