The Association of Chapter Advisors has elected Steve Schroeder, advisor to the Phi Beta Chapter at the College of DuPage in Illinois, to serve as Division III Secretary.
Also, Cynthia Mason of the Kentucky Regional Alumni Association has been elected to serve as a representative on the Alumni Advisory Council.
The Association of Chapter Advisors (ACA) officers serve as liaisons between their fellow advisors and Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters staff. All Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisors are automatically members of the ACA, which meets annually during NerdNation.
ACA officers assist in planning the program for the annual ACA meeting and may be called upon to serve on various committees and act as facilitators for advisor enrichment. The officers are also asked to give feedback to the Headquarters staff on a variety of Society issues and programs.
Each ACA officer serves a four-year term beginning with Secretary then advancing to Vice Chair, Chair and Immediate Past Chair. All four divisions of Phi Theta Kappa are represented on the officer team.
Schroeder has served as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor for 13 years. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Program Council and has served as a Faculty Scholar.
Engagement with the Society has afforded Schroeder a wealth of professional development opportunities. He has taken many of the activities, strategies and improvements learned at Phi Theta Kappa events and incorporated them into the classroom.
“In an age where college budget constraints put increased limits on the possibilities of exploring professional development, it is refreshing to see the emphasis that Phi Theta Kappa puts on enriching the experience of the advisor,” he said.
Members of the Alumni Advisory Council (AAC) support chapter leadership and membership by providing mentorship, guidance and education. They support chapter and member involvement in Honors in Action programming; they increase financial support of local and Society-wide scholarships for members; and they facilitate quarterly networking opportunities for alumni and friends.
Mason is an alumna of the Alpha Delta Chapter at Hopkinsville Community College in Kentucky. She previously served as both a chapter and a regional officer.
She has been named an Outstanding Chapter Officer as well as an Outstanding Chapter President, and she has received Outstanding Chapter Service and Leadership Awards. Mason has also received numerous regional awards, including the Regional Shining Star Award. And, she has received the Alumni Award of Appreciation.