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April 11, 2017


Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst


Three members of Alpha Gamma UpsilonThree members of Alpha Gamma Upsilon, the Ark City chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, recently returned from the 2017 national convention, PTK Catalyst, held in Nashville, Tennessee. Members participated in caucuses, primary voting, and final voting to elect international officers for the upcoming year. Students also attended 10 educational forums focusing on topics specific to PTK such as recruitment, membership benefits, leadership and topics of general professional development such as resume writing, interview skills, and professional etiquette.

Four general sessions were held where students heard from keynote speakers on this year’s Honors in Action theme, How the World Works: Global Perspectives. Dr. Jennifer Arnold from the TV show Little People, Big World encouraged people to think big to overcome obstacles to personal goals.


The internationally renowned photographer, Platon, discussed the relationship between humanity and leadership, which, to him, consisted of getting to know the people who are affected by decisions. He shared the background stories behind many of his famous pictures of political figures and people suffering from war and oppression; pictures included Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, military families, and people who have seen war firsthand.

Ark City chapter of Phi Theta KappaIn addition, Jamie Hyneman, famous from the TV show Mythbusters, discussed myths and how the world works. He made the case for a liberal education where students should try to understand as much about the world as they can so that connections can be made between disciplines.

The convention culminated in an awards gala where international awards were announced, and the new international officers were officially installed. Between sessions, students were able to take in several cultural experiences such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, and a tour of downtown Nashville, which included stops at the Parthenon, Vanderbilt University, the Tennessee State Capitol, Musician’s Hall of Fame, and the Antique Archeology Store made famous on the TV show American Pickers.


Attendees included Julian Cornejo, Steven Lu, Brittney McNown, and advisor Scott Layton.