Jackson, MS – Phi Theta Kappa regional award winners will be honored during NerdNation 2014, the annual convention in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26. Awards will be presented at regional meetings during NerdNation, and recipients will receive recognition during the Parade of Flags Ceremony in the Opening General Session. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of a total of 30 regions.
The Regional Milestone Awards recognize a significant accomplishment and/or renewed enthusiasm among existing regions and superior achievements of newly organized regions. The award is based on quality of regional programming and other supporting evidence.
The 2014 Regional Milestone Award winners are:
- Illinois Region – David Elder, Regional Coordinator
- Iowa Region – Sima Dabir, Regional Coordinator
- Missouri Region – Jo Fritts, Regional Coordinator
- Nevada/California Region – Charles Klein, Regional Coordinator
- New York Region, Alexander d’Erizans, Regional Coordinator
The Distinguished Region Awards recognize achievements of regions in areas of programming and organizational structure. Criteria include quality of regional programming, especially demonstrated leadership and/or Honors in Action programming at regional meetings; overall strength of chapters in the region; membership growth; and the quantity and quality of chapter participation in such programming as the Five Star Chapter Plan and Hallmark Awards.
The 2014 Distinguished Regions are:
- Alabama Region – Nora Lee, Regional Coordinator
- Arizona Region – Helen Smith, Regional Coordinator
- Middle States Region – Patricia Van Atter, Regional Coordinator
A region that has received the Distinguished Region Award for three consecutive years and has continued to maintain a superior level of programming and structure may be recognized as a Continued Excellence Region.
The 2014 Continued Excellence Award winners for regions are:
- Michigan Region – Dr. Kari Kahler, Regional Coordinator
- Texas Region – Debbra Esparza, Regional Coordinator
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus 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. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.