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April 12, 2016


Phi Theta Kappa journeys to Washington D.C. for International Convention

PTKThe international Phi Theta Kappa convention was held at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland April 6-9. In attendance this year for Alpha Gamma Upsilon were officer Aishah Alhomsi and advisor Tiffany Corley.

Alpha Gamma Upsilon received the Top 100 Chapters award among 1,300 chapters internationally. Top 100 chapters are selected based on combined scores from that year’s Honors in Action and College Project write-ups. 

Aisiah and Tiffany attended several educational forums on a variety of topics including fundraising, alumni, motivating members and how to keep the momentum after the convention going. Additionally, the market place contained a first-ever scholar bowl where teams competed with academic and PTK related knowledge against one another for scholarships.

During the first general session, members heard from international president Yanik Etan and Dr. Paul Stoltz. President Etan spoke on how Phi Theta Kappa changed his life. Stoltz delivered a message on obtaining and maintaining grit, and how grit can set a person apart in the world of highly qualified people.

The second general session saw Lord John Eatwell of Queens’ College Cambridge who spoke on economics and its relation to how the world works.

General session three heard from Katty Kay, BBC World News American correspondent. She spoke on the interconnectedness of global affairs, the upcoming political election, and how it is impossible it is to isolate oneself in the world we live in.

General session four saw the conclusion of the scholar bowl and a formal introduction from new President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.

“I’m a nerd, like you.” Tincher-Ladner said, “We are all the same because we choose to do more. We seek out challenges. We expect more of ourselves. Let’s commit to each other to always do more than is asked of us.”

Additionally, the third session featured speeches from international office candidate finalists. Members voted online for their favored candidate after they delivered a speech based on the new honors study topic from 2016-2017: How the World Works – Global Perspectives. Kansas/Nebraska region’s own Sydney Pemberton of Labette Community College became a finalist and delivered a well-composed, moving speech on sex trafficking.

During the Hallmark Awards Gala, Pemberton was announced as the new Vice President of District III, where the Kansas/Nebraska region is located. All region members were ecstatic to hear of her success.

Corley and Alhomsi also took in the sights of Washington D.C. with a guided tour of the monuments. They had stops at the White House, Capitol Building, World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial.