Alumni Association Hallmark Awards Applications Due February 1, 2012

Applications for Phi Theta Kappa’s Hallmark Awards must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. CST February 1- less than two weeks away. The 2012 Hallmark Awards will be presented at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, April 12-14.

Current Phi Theta Kappa chapter members aren’t the only ones who will find themselves in the winner’s circle at the upcoming Annual Convention. Up to three Alumni Associations may be recognized as well with Alumni Association Awards of Merit.

Athens State Alumni

Athens State University Alumni accept an Award of Merit.

While chapter and regional awards must be submitted online at, with (additional information and rubrics available at, alumni associations are reminded that alumni awards will need to be submitted by email to be considered for the 2012 Alumni Association Award of Merit, associations must submit entries by February 1, 2012. Entry form and rubric are available online at

Submission Requirements include:

  • Award entries should consist of the signed Entry Form and the required responses to nomination questions. No additional supporting materials may be submitted.
  • The Nomination must include each question followed by the writer’s response.
  • The Nomination must not exceed four pages.
  • Entries must be received by the email address by 5:00 pm CST, February 1, 2012.
  • Subject line of email must read “Merit Entry: [Association Name]”

For questions, contact Courtney Taylor at 601.984.3577 or

Nora Lee, advisor of the Athens State University Alumni Association in Alabama, said their chapter received its first Award of Merit in 2011. “We were absolutely floored!” Lee said. “Although we felt we had done a lot to reach our objectives for the year, we knew there were alumni associations that had worked just as hard as we had. It was a wonderful surprise.”

Lee said she felt their success began with a commitment to help local chapters in their area succeed. “We believe that our primary reason for being is to support the priorities and programs of Phi Theta Kappa. The Society’s Mission should be the mission of all alumni chapters,” she said. “Our first priority is helping students to reach their goals in scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship while at the community college, and then assist them as they continue the journey in their transition to four-year college.”

Lee said the Athens State Alumni attended the Regional Convention, District Mock Chapter, and Regional Leadership Conference as a sponsor, and became interested in the research emphasis for Honors in Action.

“After talking with headquarters staff, the regional leadership team, members, and advisors, it became apparent that one of the best ways we could help chapters was through providing information about how to best conduct research for their projects,” she said. “As we continued to be involved in regional events, we saw more opportunities to help students in their pursuit of the Honors Study Topic. Mentoring through research and writing assistance for Honors in Action has become a valuable element of our service to chapters.”

Lee said she would recommend that alumni groups seeking to become more involved begin by attending and sponsoring regional events. “Ask to be on the Regional Coordinator’s email list so you receive communications about the region’s plans,” she advised. “Talk with your Regional Officers and Coordinator about the needs of chapters. Adopt the regional goals as your own, and actively support these goals with your projects.”

Lee concluded by suggesting that successful alumni associations might also advocate for Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarships, raise money for membership scholarships to award at induction ceremonies, and provide speakers or workshop leaders for college and regional events.

To find an alumni association in your area, or for more information about how you can become involved as an alumnus, visit

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