Updated: Mar 15, 2018
March 10, 2018 - Going to a regional conference is always a wonderful experience because you get to meet new people, hang out with like-minded individuals, and leave with a renewed sense of pride at being a Phi Theta Kappan. What makes the conference better? Winning awards!
This year we are most proud of our Advisor, Elizabeth Meehan, who won first place for the 2017 Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award. It was our honor as chapter officers to write the letter praising her continued and unwavering support not just for the chapter but for each individual member. This award is given to the advisor who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the academic, personal and professional development of many members. The nominee continually provides opportunities for members to broaden their horizons, develop life skills, and prepare for future success.
In addition to this wonderful acknowledgment of Professor Meehan's work, the chapter will be recognized as a five-star chapter at this years "Catalyst" convention in Kansas City which is the highest level achievable. To be named a five-star chapter one has to have an active leadership team engaged in the Honors in Action and College Projects. These programs are initiatives to employ the academic rigor of research and action combined to affect change or promote awareness of an identified need and goal. The chapter must also submit at least 4 entries in the 2018 Hallmark Awards including the Honors in Action Project Award, College Project Award, and at least one other individual award. We then had to submit a 2017 Honors Case Study Challenge as well. Our College project for last year which involved collecting caps and gowns, post-graduation ceremony, for less fortunate students; earned us 3rd place in 2017 Distinguished College Project Award.
None of this would have been possible without the amazing leadership of our chapter's President, Nadia Escobar. Upon nomination from the Vice-President of that time, Anne Englehart, Advisor Elizabeth Meehan, and Caleb Mertz, then Secretary, Nadia Escobar's drive, ambition, and hard work encouraged such nomination. She won 3rd place for the 2017 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. Distinguished Chapter Officers are selected based on the recipients' demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society’s Hallmarks.
Finally, after many roadblocks and adventures Beta Iota Kappa brought home 3rd place for the 2017 Website Award. This was voted on at the conference by the other chapters that were in attendance.
Congratulations to the Beta Iota Kappa chapter for bringing home these awards and for the tireless effort continuously exhibited by the team. If you want to be part of this award winning team we are always accepting applications and have officer elections happening in April.
Caleb A. Mertz