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April 11, 2017


Beta Phi Upsilon Attends PTK Catalyst, Lamb runs for Office


Beta Phi Upsilon Attends PTK Catalyst, Lamb runs for OfficeApril 5-9, Beta Phi Upsilon, the Phi Theta Kappa chapter from Cowley College-Mulvane attended the annual international convention "PTK Catalyst".

The convention began with quick preparation for Amira Lamb’s campaign for international president of Phi Theta Kappa Wednesday afternoon. Lamb received a certificate of recognition as an international officer candidate and her campaign manager, Courtney Anderson, also received a certificate of recognition as a campaign manager.

Thursday morning saw excitement and initial campaigning for Amira’s presidency bid with the help of her team: Courtney Anderson, Tiffany Killblane, and Tayler Lawson. Advisor Chad Killblane and Region President Jeramy Lamar attended a special PTK Academy session where they explored the keys to leading change effectively. The afternoon was filled with educational forums and a live candidate caucus. Attending BPU members watched as Amira Lamb flawlessly answered questions on a stage in front of hundreds of people.

The first general session saw Dr. Jennifer Arnold deliver a moving and inspirational talk on “Thinking Big” wherein she discussed overcoming obstacles and believing in one’s self to achieve personal and professional goals. Dr. Arnold is a neonatologist and television personality from the hit TV show, “The Little Couple” on TLC. International President Andrew Porter also delivered his final message as the 2016-2017 President where he spoke of VALUE Leadership – Value, Aspire, Listen, Understand, Empathize. The session was immediately followed by a political rally where the entire BPU team, with the help of Alpha Gamma Upsilon, the Arkansas City chapter, passed out information, spoke about Lamb’s plans, and encouraged attendees to speak with her.

On Friday, more educational forums were offered and general session two began mid-morning with a talk from Platon, world-renowned photographer who has had sessions with Mark Zuckerberg, Vladmir Putin, Bill Clinton and even President Trump. He took the audience on a journey through many of his jobs where he used portraits to reveal closeness and truth. Short stories were shared about connecting to his subjects and the results of those conversations. His photographs moved the audience and showed a side of well-known figures that were unique.

General session three on Friday afternoon saw the speeches of the ten finalists for international office and even more educational forums covering all kinds of topics ranging from PTK information and ideas to personal professional development for work and life.

Saturday saw four more rounds of educational forums and general session four. The featured speaker for Saturday afternoon was Jamie Hyneman, co-host of the famous show Mythbusters and Special Effects guru. He discussed via an interview with a wide range of questions about his inspiration, what working on the show was like, and even questions from the audience. Hyneman was an inspirational speaker who encouraged everyone to get involved with science and never stop asking questions.

The convention concluded with the Hallmark Awards Gala and the induction of the 2017-2018 International Officers. BPU would like to congratulate Tammy Fuentez for receiving distinguished regional coordinator, Tau Theta (Labette) and Eta Gamma (Coffeyville) on their awards. Additionally, special congratulations are due to Obinna Muoh of Highland Community College on his election as International Vice President of Division III.

Although Amira Lamb did not become the International President, BPU is incredibly proud of her growth and who she has become through this process. Advisor Tiffany Killblane said of Lamb’s campaign:

“I got to witness first-hand how Amira touched so many people’s lives this past weekend and I know she will continue to change the world. She is already tentatively scheduled to speak at our first conference in September and we are so blessed to have her at Cowley and in our chapter. Everyone is so proud of the amazing campaign she ran! Winning the contest did not determine her success – her growth and impact already made her a winner to us.”  

Lamb said that running for office was a rush and that she never imagined how much she would grow in this experience.

“In three days I became so closely connected with the other candidates and met so many people who connected with me. My ideas resonated with many convention-goers. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.”

Beta Phi Upsilon left energized and ready to share the mission of Phi Theta Kappa with their campus and with lasting friendships from across the globe.