Need Help Motivating Your Members? Attend the Advisor Pre-Conference

How can you motivate your members to participate in chapter activities? Why should your members engage in Phi Theta Kappa programs? As an advisor, what exactly is your role?

These questions and more will be answered during a special one-day training session for Phi Theta Kappa advisors on May 29. This Advisor Pre-Conference is being held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, May 29-31 in Austin, Texas.

Participation in the Advisor Pre-Conference is free. Space is limited, and you must pre-register by May 20. If you’d like to stay for the entire NISOD Conference, Phi Theta Kappa advisors will receive a special discounted rate.

“This two-in-one professional development opportunity allows advisors to be better-prepared Phi Theta Kappa advisors while also furthering their educational skills at the NISOD Conference,” said Jennifer Stanford, Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Student Engagement Officer. “While the Advisor Pre-Conference will especially benefit new advisors, any advisor may attend.”

The Advisor Pre-Conference will cover the following topics:

  • Our Success is Your Success: Phi Theta Kappa’s 92% Student Success Rate
  • What Does an Advisor Do?
  • Online Chapter Management
  • Motivating Members
  • Engaging in Phi Theta Kappa Programs: How and Why

While attendance of the full NISOD Conference isn’t required to attend the Advisor Pre-Conference, advisors are sure to benefit from the special sessions focusing on the latest trends and challenges in the community college arena. One highlight will be a screening of the documentary No Greater Odds, which features Phi Theta Kappa members from the College of Southern Nevada.

“We believe that Phi Theta Kappa’s goal of developing student affairs professionals, honors program directors and faculty who are well-equipped to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students aligns perfectly with NISOD’s mission to promote and celebrate excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at those same institutions,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director.

The NISOD Excellence Award recipients will also be honored during the conference. Twelve Phi Theta Kappa advisors will receive this award:

  • Rebecca Howell, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, North Carolina
  • Tom Sharar, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, North Carolina
  • Dr. Aaron Anderson, Clovis Community College, New Mexico
  • Gary Redding, Halifax Community College, North Carolina
  • Sherry Massoni, Harford Community College, Maryland
  • Dr. Michael Odu, Hillsborough Community College, Florida
  • Dr. Blake Ellis, Lone Star College, Texas
  • Kojo Allen, Metropolitan Community College, Nebraska
  • Chris Turner, Pensacola State College, Florida
  • Anthony Cornett, Polk State College, Florida
  • Ame Wilkerson, South Georgia State College, Georgia
  • Dr. James Gallagher, New Mexico State University, New Mexico

“We are so proud of these outstanding advisors for being recognized for their hard work and dedication to their students and colleges,” Stanford said. “We hope that as many of our advisors as possible will take advantage of the professional development available through the NISOD Conference while they are in Austin for our Pre-Conference.”

Register for the free Advisor Pre-Conference by May 20 to reserve your spot. Space is limited. If a waiting list is necessary, preference will be given to advisors who have never attended an Advisor Institute/Pre-Conference.

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