Regional Newsletter
August 19, 2015 

I hope you have had a chance to recuperate over the summer and gear up for the 2015/2016 academic year. Our calendars are full of Regional Officer Team training, chapter trainings, and District Toolkits.

Thank you to Columbia Gorge Community College for kicking off training season with the Northern Toolkit. They provided a fun and educational event, with great attendance of approximately 30 attendees. Please see the Toolkit Section below to find out more about upcoming toolkits.

We have also been planning for Fall Honors in Action Conference! We are looking forward to this spectacular opportunity to learn about Honors in Action and practice writing up Hallmarks. This year's HIA Conference will be hosted by Beta Gamma Lambda, Portland Community College - Rock Creek on October 2 - 4th. Chapter and Regional Officers are collaborating to make this a memorable experience for the Region. 

As always, please feel free to contact Michelle or DeLinda for assistance with your training needs.

DeLinda & Michelle
Fall Honors in Action Conference
Mark your calendars! 

This year's Fall Regional Honors in Action Conference  will be hosted by Beta Gamma Lambda at Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus in Portland, Oregon. All conference activities will be located on campus. Festivities will start Friday October 2nd late afternoon through Saturday night October 3rd. Sunday morning we will have breakfast at the hotel, and head home.  

Registration cost is $60 per person for the Early Bird rate if you register your chapter by September 11th. After September 11th the rate goes up to $80 per person. The registration fee covers Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch and dinner in addition to conference materials, and really cool RMC regional swag.

Hotel rooms can be reserved at the Comfort Inn. Their are both single king bed rooms, and double queen rooms. When calling to make your reservation, mention you are with Phi Theta Kappa and they will give you the discount rate of $99 per night. If you prefer, you can email Susan Burt and list her name in the subject line, and make sure you mention Phi Theta Kappa in the email. You will need to provide your school name, number of rooms, and a credit card to secure the room. Please ask about a third party authorization form if that applies to you and your chapter. 

The hotel provides hot breakfast, free wifi, a fitness center, and enclosed hot tub, and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Comfort  Inn Hillsboro
3500 NE Cornell Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Phone  (503) 648-3500

We have 40 rooms on reserve, so you will want to book early. All block rooms will be released on September 25th, so you will want to make reservations by that date.

Registration is available online at the following link: . Please note any food allergies during registration.

Transportation to and from hotel will be provided for those who do not have transportation. The host chapter will shuttle in the morning to the conference and in the evening back to the hotel. Thank you Beta Gamma Lambda Advisors!

I know everyone needs to get your college travel paperwork started, so we will send out the agenda in a separate email soon.

2015/2016 District Toolkits
Southern Toolkit:  Southern Toolkit is Saturday, September 5th at Utah Valley University. You can contact Marissa Cowles, Southern District Executive, for more information. 

Western Toolkit: Unfortunately, the Western Toolkit was cancelled due to lack of confirmed attendees. Western chapters - if you need individual assistance, please contact DeLinda or Michelle.

Eastern Toolkit: Still in the planning phase. Eastern Chapters will be notified with details.

Call for Conference Session Proposals

Please share your knowledge by presenting at the RMC Regional Conference in Portland, OR. The Regional Team is looking for presenters on a variety of topics related to Phi Theta Kappa and leadership development. Partner with one of your student members - this is an opportunity for students to get real world experience and add to their resume!

Our tracts include sessions for new members, returning members, and advisors, so new and experienced advisors alike will have something to offer. Feel free to pass on this information to your Alumni. 

Please contact  DeLinda or Michelle to present a session.

2016 Honors Institute, Faculty Scholars, and the  New Honors Study Topic
Please see the following message received from Susan Edwards,  Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. Serving as a Faculty Scholar is one of the most rewarding experiences that Phi Theta Kappa has to offer to advisors. Please consider applying and being an important part of the new topic - How the World Works: Global Perspectives!
Hi, everyone!

I hope you have had a wonderful summer and that your fall semester will be great!

It is time to post the new Faculty Scholar application, and we've instituted an exciting change. Beginning this year, Faculty Scholars will serve for the duration of the biennial Honors Study Topic. The 2016/2017 topic will be (drum roll, please) How the World Works: Global Perspectives. Serving for two consecutive years will give Faculty Scholars opportunity to experience the Faculty Scholar Conference and Honors Institute, hone their skills based on those experiences, and serve again during the second year of the topic without having to reapply. We believe this will offer an even deeper and more meaningful Faculty Scholar experience. 

We hope you will consider applying to serve as a 2016/2017 Faculty Scholar and that you will encourage other advisors in your region to apply as well. I have attached a copy of the 2016/2017 Faculty Scholar application. Please feel free to share it with advisors in your region.

The application will be posted at  Thursday and announced in Golden Key News Briefs on Friday, August 21.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about applying for and serving as a Faculty Scholar:

Who is eligible to apply to serve as a 2016/2017 Faculty Scholar?
All Phi Theta Kappa advisors and regional coordinators are eligible to apply, except those who served as Faculty Scholars in 2015. Note: Only advisors who intend to continue to serve as Phi Theta Kappa advisors throughout the full 2016-18 academic years may apply.

What are Faculty Scholar obligations?
  • All advisors and coordinators selected as 2016/2017 Faculty Scholars must be able to attend the ENTIRE Faculty Scholar Conferences for TWO YEARS, January 27 - 31, 2016, AND February 1-5, 2017
  • and the ENTIRE week-long International Honors Institutes in June 18-25, 2016 at Wake Forest University in North Carolina AND June 2017 (Dates and Place TBD).
  • Official dates and place will be announced in Golden Key News Briefs. · Faculty Scholars will also participate in the ENTIRE Phase II of the Faculty Scholar Conferences the weekend prior to the 2016 and 2017 Honors Institutes.
Phi Theta Kappa reserves the right to evaluate performance of Faculty Scholars, and may fill any vacancies arising during the two-year term by appointment.

What are the duties and benefits of serving as a Faculty Scholar?
  • Work closely with leading scholars as they analyze and discuss issues pertaining to the Honors Study Topic, How the World Works: Global Perspectives
  • Work with experienced seminar leaders to enhance and practice skills as a small-group dialogue leader and facilitator
  • Gather ideas, study questions, and bibliography for an honors course or seminar
  • Be challenged and inspired by the questions and comments from conscientious colleagues and, at the International Honors Institute, honors students with varied backgrounds
  • Develop ideas for chapter and regional programs to implement the Honors Study Topic with Honors in Action projects and activities that emphasize and integrate academic investigation and analysis, leadership development, collaboration, action and reflection
  • Faculty Scholars are expected to work with Phi Theta Kappa constituents in a manner which is respectful of others and worthy of respect from others. Phi Theta Kappa is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all people are appreciated and have opportunities to learn and grow.
What additional scholarship opportunities are open for Faculty Scholars? 
The following scholarships are determined by the Faculty Scholar Selection Committee from among those advisors selected to serve.
  • Parnell Scholar The Parnell Scholarship is awarded to the Faculty Scholar whose application is deemed by the Faculty Scholar Selection Committee most outstanding and who has never before participated in NerdNation (Annual Convention) or the International Honors Institute. The Parnell Scholar receives a scholarship that includes registration, airfare, and hotel for NerdNation in the year she/he is selected.
  • Mayfield Scholar The Mayfield Scholarship is awarded to the Faculty Scholar whose application is deemed most outstanding by the Faculty Scholar Selection Committee and who has not been certified as a Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Program instructor. The Mayfield Scholar receives a scholarship which includes registration, materials, lodging, and food on site for one of the certification sessions scheduled for 2016 or 2017.
What expenses does Phi Theta Kappa pay for Faculty Scholars?

2016 and 2017 Faculty Scholar Conferences
Phi Theta Kappa will pay Faculty Scholars' registration, air travel and baggage fee for one piece of luggage, lodging, and meals while at the Faculty Scholar Conference. During the Faculty Scholar Conferences, transportation from the airport to the hotel will be provided. Faculty Scholars will be responsible for transportation expenses to/from local airports, airport parking, tolls, and any additional meals and expenses.

2016 and 2017 Faculty Scholar Conferences, Part II and 2016 and 2017 Honors Institutes
Registration, lodging, meals, airfare, and the fee for one piece of luggage will be paid by Phi Theta Kappa for Part II of the Faculty Scholar Conferences and the 2016 and 2017 Honors Institutes. For the Faculty Scholar Conferences, Part II and Honors Institutes, Faculty Scholars will be responsible for ground transportation to/ from the airport to the college where the Institute will take place, transportation to/from local airports, airport parking, tolls, and any meals and expenses off campus that are not part of the Faculty Scholar Conferences or Honors Institutes program.

Note: Phi Theta Kappa cannot accommodate family members of Faculty Scholars at the Faculty Scholar Conferences or at the Honors Institutes. Phi Theta Kappa is also unable to assist in making arrangements for family members who choose to stay in the vicinity of the Faculty Scholar Conferences or the Honors Institutes.

What is the selection criteria for Faculty Scholars?
Selection of Faculty Scholars will be based primarily on the quality of the application. Experience with facilitating small-group discussions is important. Geographic location and field of study will also be considered to ensure an inclusive class of Faculty Scholars. New advisors and advisors who have not previously participated in honors programming opportunities are encouraged to apply. Phi Theta Kappa welcomes applications from advisors representing the multicultural, multiethnic and multidisciplinary intellectual community that characterizes Phi Theta Kappa and the community college arena.

What is the deadline for application submission and when will those advisors chosen as 2016/2017 Faculty Scholars be notified?
Please return the completed application to Headquarters by  Friday, September 30, 2015 for consideration. Phi Theta Kappa reserves the right to extend the application deadline if necessary. Applicants will be notified of their selection status in October 2015.

Where should advisors direct their questions about applying to serve as Faculty Scholars?
If anyone has questions concerning the application, please contact Susan Edwards at [email protected]  or 800.946.9995, ext. 3541.

Please let me know what questions you have, and thanks for considering applying to serve as a Faculty Scholar!

Susan Edwards
Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs
Honors Program Department
1625 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211

Have a great month and we hope to see you at the Regional Fall Conference in Portland, Oregon!

Please feel free to contact us with questions and concerns. We appreciate your feedback.


DeLinda Martin-Huggins, Regional Coordinator
Michelle Cochran, Associate Regional Coordinator

Phi Theta Kappa Rocky Mountain Cascade Region

Dates to Remember
October 2 - 4, 2015
Regional HIA Conference
Portland, OR 
September 15, 2015
Application Opens
December 1, 2015
Fall Scholarship
Application Closes
April 7-9, 2016
2016 NerdNation
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland

June 20-25, 2016
2016 Honors Institute Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina!

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Regional Website
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