Honors in Action - Small Business Competitiveness
Over the next few weeks, Rho Theta officers will be going to small businesses in the area. We are trying to see how small businesses compete with big box stores. We are also trying to help promote small businesses in the area to let students know about the businesses in the area that are available to them. Please let us know if there are businesses you know about, or if you are a member of a business please contact us if you would like to give us an interview.
Letters for those eligible for membership will head to the post office late in the second week of term and should start arriving the following week. We are working to schedule rooms for New Student Orientations and Member Meetings and will be posting the information on our web site as soon as it is available. Eligible students will also receive an email from us once term begins that will include information on how to become a member.
Why would you want to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa?
First of all there is the recognition you receive for your hard work at Mt. Hood Community College. That includes recognition at graduation and regalia that you can wear that signifies your academic achievement.
Second there are the millions in scholarships that you become eligible for that are only for Phi Theta Kappa members. Some are specific to a college or university, some are specific to a program, and some are open-ended and can be used at just about any school for any program. We have members who are graduating this year who have been awarded scholarships at universities just because they were PTK members - they didn't even have to apply for them.
And last there are the extra benefits and discounts you receive for being a member. There is College Fish, which is an online tool to help match you with four year schools and scholarships. There is Competitive Edge, which is an online personal and professional development tool. And then there are all the discounts you receive, such as on insurance through Geico, cell phone service with T-Mobile, and more. You can learn more about these discounts on the Phi Theta Kappa web site.
If you would like to learn more about Rho Theta, and Phi Theta Kappa please check out PTK101, stop by our office, or send us an email. You can also view the New Member Orientation presentation in either PDF or PowerPoint format.
Commit to Complete
It's that time of year again - time to commit (or re-commit) to your educational goals. Studies have shown that writing a commitment to your goals increases the chances of accomplishing that goal. Not only that, but those who sign the commitment cards and graduate have received special recognition at graduation for doing so.
Please come out during Welcome Week and sign a commitment card and the banner. We will be in the Main Mall area on Tuesday, September 24 from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday, September 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Also encourage your friends and classmates to also sign the banner - you don't have to be a member of Rho Theta to sign. Our goal is to get at least 1,000 students on campus to fill out a commitment card and sign the banner. With your help we can meet that goal.
Rho Theta wins Regional Awards
At the recent Spring Regional Conference held in Corbett, Oregon, Rho Theta won the following awards:
- Regional Inspiration Award, Beth Sammons
- Most Distinguished Chapter Advisor, Beth Sammons
- Horizon Award, Beth Sammons
- Most Distinguished Chapter
- Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project
- Most Distinguished Issue – Honors in Action
- College Project Award of Merit
- Time Capsule Award
- Five Star Chapter
Our Public Relations Officer, Jenni, was also re-elected as the Northern District Executive for the region.
Rho Theta wins four International Awards plus Top 100 Chapter
Rho Theta recently returned from the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in San Jose, California. There chapters from all over the world came together for fellowship, sharing ideas, attending workshops on a variety of topics, and more. As part of the convention, awards were given out to chapters, officers/members/advisors, regions, and more. Rho Theta was honored with three chapter awards - Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project, Most Distinguished Theme - Honors in Action - Theme One, and the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award. The Beta Alpha Award was given to only nine chapters - out of nearly 1,300 - and is awarded to those that receive the Distinguished Chapter Award for three or more years in a row. This was the chapter's third year to receive this award.
Our advisor Beth Sammons also received the Continued Excellence for Advisors Award.
In addition to the local awards, our region also won several awards during the convention, which all chapters in the region had a part in winning. The Rocky Mountain Cascade Region won the Distinguished Regional Officer Team Award and the Regional Milestone Award. Two regional officers - Justin and Mike - were also recognized individually with Distinguished Regional Officer Awards.
Check out College Fish and Competitive Edge
These are two services provided by Phi Theta Kappa to help you locate four year schools, scholarships, and to improve your professional skills. Both are free to all Phi Theta Kappa members.
College Fish lets you view schools, see what scholarships are available specifically for PTK members, and more. The system helps you to keep track of important milestones such as when you should visit campuses, narrow down your choices, etc. It also allows you to find what scholarships are available specifically for Phi Theta Kappa members.
Competitive Edge goes through a whole host of activities to help you to build your resume, put together essays that could be used on college and scholarship applications, and more. It's a great tool for professional development. Once you complete the five levels, this achievement will be added to the recommendation letter that you can get from Phi Theta Kappa.