Jackson, MS – Outgoing Phi Theta Kappa Regional Coordinators Kay Helms, Dr. Nancy Woods and Dr. Dan Houghtaling were honored for their service during the Society’s 2012 Annual Convention April 12-14 in Nashville.
“The role of regional coordinators is very important to the success of Phi Theta Kappa. For some members, the regional experience defines their involvement in our Society,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director Dr. Risley. “Our volunteer Regional Coordinators oversee regional programming and activities while also serving as liaisons between the chapters in their regions and the Center for Excellence.”
Georgia Regional Coordinator Kay Helms, a Phi Theta Kappa advisor at Athens Technical College who has served the Georgia Region for four years, received the Regional Coordinator Service Award.
Iowa Regional Coordinator Dr. Nancy Woods, advisor of the Tau Phi Chapter at Des Moines Area Community College, and Middle States Regional Coordinator Dr. Dan Houghtaling, advisor of the Alpha Beta Kappa Chapter at Delaware Technical and Community College, received Regional Coordinator Emeritus Awards.
Dr. Woods, who has served as Iowa Regional Coordinator for 11 years, was recognized for her dedication to Iowa students and the creativity she brought to her work as a volunteer Coordinator, including creation of the “Got Guam” initiative that raised money to help the Society’s International Chapters attend Annual Conventions and the collection of books for developing nations.
Dr. Risley praised Dr. Houghtaling, who has served as a Regional Coordinator since 1983 – longer than any other Coordinator currently serving, for his leadership regionally and internationally. Dr. Houghtaling has hosted Phi Theta Kappa members for two Honors Institutes held in the Middle States Region as well as the landmark 2008 Annual Convention, the first joint convention held with the American Association of Community Colleges. In addition he has mentored three former International Officers from the Middle States Region and served as advisor of the Middle States Regional Alumni Association.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.