Newsletters from Carlee

TO: Alabama Region Phi Theta Kappa Chapters
FROM: Carlee Jernigan (Alpha Eta Lambda) Regional President

Hello Fellow Phi Theta Kappa Members!

picture of Carlee Jernigan

I'm Carlee Jernigan, your 2012-2013 President for the Alabama Region, and Vice President of Leadership for Alpha Eta Lambda, at the Brewton campus of Jefferson Davis Community College.

I hope all of you who attended Regional Convention enjoyed visiting with old and new Phi Theta Kappa friends from all over the state, learning how to create even better chapter programs, and being recognized for your hard work. Thanks and congratulations to every chapter whose efforts made it possible for the Alabama Region to reach the goals we set.

Now is the time for your chapter to set your Five Star goals for the coming year. Phi Theta Kappa’s Five Star Chapter Development Program is a really basic plan for your chapter to use when planning your activities and projects. You can get more information on this and other chapter programs at (Quick Links; 5 Star Chapter Development Plan). Once your chapter has submitted the initial online Goal Form at, you will be able to track your chapter’s progress toward earning a certificate for the level achieved. Each chapter participating in the Five Star Program will receive special recognition at our Regional Convention in the spring. Please call on me or your District VP when you have questions about how we can help you reach your goals.

We want this to be a fun and productive year for your chapter, so if I or the other Regional Officers can assist you in any way please send us an e-mail. Contact me or your District Vice President if you need more information about how your chapter can develop its full potential.

Upcoming events:

  • 2012 Annual Convention (Nashville,TN, April 12-14)
  • International Honors Institute (University of Denver, Denver, CO, June 18-22)
  • District 3 Mock Chapter (July 13, Alabama Southern CC)
  • District 1&2 Mock Chapter (July 27, Central Alabama CC)
  • Honors in Action Leadership Conference (4-H Conference Center, Columbiana, Sept. 14-15)

As soon as you can, please email us (send to your District Vice President with a copy to me) your chapter’s new officers and their e-mail addresses, pictures of inductions and chapter events. We would like to attend your future inductions, so send us the dates when you have them. We would also like to post pictures and news of your chapter activities on our Regional website, so please send these to us as often as you can, so we can all get to know each other!



Carlee Jernigan
Alabama Regional President

Hello Alabama Region!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed their break! We all know how time flies when you are putting the finishing touches on your Hallmark entries. Now that we have finished up with our editing and hard work we are getting ready to meet on March 1-2 in Brewton, Alabama at Jefferson Davis Community College for our Regional Convention. If your chapter is interested in presenting at our please contact us so that we are able to accommodate you the best we can. Our Alpha Eta Lambda is excited to host this event and look forward to welcoming you all to our beautiful campus.

Be sure to visit and send us a friend request in order to receive updates about information and upcoming events. Our Regional Officer Team is looking forward to helping anyone who is interested in running for Regional Office. Please notify the Vice President of your District if you are interested. Our Facebook page is a great way to keep up with Phi Theta Kappa friends from our Alabama Region and beyond. If you have photos you would like to share feel free to share them on our page!

Make sure to let us know if you were chosen as a nominee for the All USA/All Alabama Academic Team. We would like to be able to recognize each of you for your hard work and achievement.

Spring Inductions are right around the corner and your Regional Officers will be more than happy to come speak at your induction or help in any way that we can.

I recently recieved the Nota Bene Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Anthology and was excited to see Nicholas Tyler Reich of Bevill State Community College from the Jasper Campus with five entries. He recieved the Citation Scholarship and has represented the Alabama Region well. Please make sure to congratulate Nick on his amazing accomplishment.

Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. I look forward to seeing each of you at Jefferson Davis in March!

Respectfully Yours,


Carlee Jernigan
Phi Theta Kappa
Alabama Regional President
Alpha Eta Lambda Chapter
Jefferson Davis Community College

Hello Everyone!

I hope that my newsletter finds you all in good spirits and ready for Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful to my Regional Officer Team for all they have accomplished this year. Our Regional goal to create a Regional Honors in Action project was a success and during a recent trip to Birmingham- Southern College we were able to share how social media aided in our process. We received positive feedback about our project and I wanted to take a moment to thank our Research Team contributors once again for their hard work and timely responses in aiding with information. I would like to send a special thank you to Jeff Patterson for his role in the project and his willingness to serve and support our officer team while attending this event.

I would like to thank Lurleen B. Wallace college on the Andalusia campus and Faulkner State for the invitations to their Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremonies. I enjoyed meeting new members as well as spending time with current members. It was a blessing and honor to visit each of these events and I am happy to say that "Southern Hospitality" is alive and well. As soon as I arrived for each event I felt welcome and enthusiastic due to the outstanding officers who greeted me.

I am sure most of you are working on your Hallmark entries and if there is anything you need or questions you may have please feel free to contact your Regional District Officer or myself for help. I spent November 16th with President Hunter Andrews of Alpha Epsilon Iota at Shelton State Community College. I shadowed Hunter during their college project and had such an amazing time. I welcome any invites and love getting to know members in my region. It brings me great pleasure to visit each chapter and serve my region to the best of my ability.

Remind your members that it is not too late to be thinking about running for Regional Office!!!! If you are interested in becoming a Regional Officer please notify your advisors and officer team. Our current officers representing the Alabama Region will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have before running. The application is available now online at

As you all know, March is around the corner and I look forward to seeing you all in Brewton, Alabama for our Regional Meeting. I am hoping that by this time we can reach our goal of raising money for the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship. Be sure to send us photos of your induction ceremonies and events!

Wishing you all the best during your Thanksgiving holiday!

Respectfully Yours,


Carlee Jernigan
Phi Theta Kappa
Alabama Regional President
Alpha Eta Lambda Chapter
Jefferson Davis Community College


Hello fellow Phi Theta Kappans!

I hope this October newsletter reaches you all in good spirits. I know fall semester can be very stressful. On behalf of the Alabama Region I would like to say thank you to everyone who attended the Honors in Action Leadership Conference in Columbiana, Alabama. It was great to meet new chapter members and advisors as well as some familiar faces.

The Regional Honors in Action Project came together very well for our first year coordinating this kind of collaborative effort. I found the panel discussion to be entertaining and informative. Our President of Phi Theta Kappa from 2011 Jerry Smith was in attendance along with our District 2 International Officer Ryan Lake. We had a great time with teambuilding exercises and enjoyed recreational activities Friday night. For those of you who played volleyball until the early hours of the morning, thank you all for keeping me entertained! I would like to extend a special thank you to Kristina Scott, Executive Director of Alabama Poverty Project for her help and guidance with our HiA project. Kristina was an amazing facilitator. For anyone who is interested in watching the panel discussion, please visit the following link: I would like to also give thanks to our amazing panelists: Larry Lee, Dr. Jim Day, and Ms. Linsey K. Martin.

I have posted photos to the Alabama Region Facebook page and I am working on adding video. Please send me a friend request so you can help us tag unsuspecting attendees. The link to the page is

A special thank you to Athens State Alumni for hosting our event and providing an amazing tool to help with HiA research. If you are interested in touring their library for resource information please visit Please feel free to visit this free resource tool and see if it can help you or your chapter.

Congratulations to Nick Reich, 2011 District 2 Regional VP for winning the prestigious Nota Bene Citation Scholarship! His poems will be published in the new edition of Nota Bene, a collection of literary contributions from Phi Theta Kappans from around the world. Read about Nick's accomplishment at While visiting be sure to take a look a the updated calendar of events.

I am looking forward to attending two chapter inductions this month and have been invited to attend a College Project event in Tuscaloosa. Please feel free to invite me to any chapter events...even if it means you need someone to work like a borrowed mule, I am here to serve my region! Thank you all for the invitations and please make sure to look over the Regional Goals.

I hope to see you all at Jefferson Davis Community College on March 1st and 2nd for our Regional Meeting! Be sure to bring your "A" game when it comes to Roll Call, I am excited to see which chapter will win the sprit stick. (Sigma Lambda currently holds the coveted Phi Theta Kappa spirit stick). Ryan Lake was impressed with our rolls calls, so let's keep up the good work!

I received a newsletter from Ryan Lake; please take a moment to read Ryan's letter.

Respectfully Yours,
Carlee Jernigan



It is hard to believe that the fall semester is in full swing! Your Regional Officer Team understands that with summer classes closing and the fall semester beginning, many chapters were unable to recruit for the research team. We have decided to extend the deadline to September 5th, for this reason. You can visit the AL HIA Research Facebook page by following the following link:!/groups/al.hia.research/. There are several articles and summaries posted to the page and in order to participate all you need to do is request membership and post your sources and summaries. We need members to look over the research and come up with questions to present during the Leadership Conference in Columbiana.

Having problems scheduling a time more suitable for all of your chapter members? Your District 1 Vice President Ruby was able to help the Regional Officers schedule meetings with the Doodle scheduling website. It is a free website that allows you to email the link to a schedule for the meeting you are hosting. Each member then types in their name and checks yes or no as to whether they are available for each time slot. As soon as everyone responds a message is sent notifying what times work best for the group. This has been a great asset to our team and we hope it will help other chapters as well. Here is the link to get started:

I am looking forward to hearing about all the College Project ideas chapters are planning. Make sure to take plenty of pictures! As you all know, the C4 Project is an important part of Regional Goals. I have set up a Facebook page for the entire Alabama Region. If each chapter will bring a disk to the Leadership Conference I will be happy to upload any photos to the page that relate to Phi Theta Kappa. This would also be a great way to get photos turned in to submit to the Phi Theta Kappa site and achieve another Regional Goal. The link to our page is:!/alabama.region

During our recent trip to Headquarters everyone who attended was able to tour the Phi Theta Kappa store. We were able to buy items and avoid the shipping fees associated with packaging. We decided to offer our Alabama members who were unable to attend the same opportunity. We reached out to Headquarters and each member who attends the Leadership Conference that places their order by the deadline will avoid the shipping cost. If you are interested in this offer visit the Phi Theta Kappa store and let your advisor submit your order to be delivered to the 4-H Center for our next meeting. We will receive a discount on our region's overall purchases and donate the proceeds to the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in Columbiana!

If you need to contact me for any reason please feel free to call, text, or email at anytime!

Respectfully Yours,
Carlee Jernigan

Fellow Phi Theta Kappans,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July holiday! June was an exciting month for me and the other regional officers. We traveled to Denver, Colorado to the 45th annual Honors Institute to discuss our Honors Study Topic, “The Culture of Competition,” as well as meeting some amazing people from other chapters. We had group sessions where members from all over discussed our study topic and how the culture of competition is relevant and drives society.

There were several amazing speakers including King Peggy of Ghana, Africa who spoke about how her education helped her restore her fishing village. In a culture where women are not very well respected, King Peggy has proven that anyone can make a difference and change people’s lives. She used her resources in the United States to provide wells that have allowed her village to obtain clean water and already it has greatly impacted their ability to compete and thrive economically. King Peggy talks to her people on a regular basis to assist with their needs. She has inspired women to work in the marketplace to help provide for their families. She has restored the schools in order to offer the children in her village educational opportunities to help them attain success. One mission she is currently working on is getting young mothers back to school. She explained how she met with young women in private to talk about the importance of them furthering their education. This “hands on” approach is what makes King Peggy such an amazing leader to her people.

During King Peggy’s speech I thought about our Regional Honors in Action Project relating to poverty issues in Alabama. Our research question directly relates to the trials of their village as well as people in our own community. Our number one goal is for 70% our chapters to participate in our Honors in Action Project: Theme 8, “Making the Grade: Competition in Education.” To what extent is lack of education one of the root causes of poverty? King Peggy has given her people hope by providing them with resources and an opportunity to become educated despite their economic status. She began her speech by describing the misappropriation of funds by former leaders and how it negatively affected her people. She worked diligently to solve the problem at its core and her people are seeing direct improvements.

Many Alabama residents live in poverty and experience the same lack of resources that can hinder the ability to thrive and compete in a culture of competition. Phi Theta Kappa provides students with a chance to further their education in so many ways. Our C4 Project motivates students to commit to completing a degree in order to become more successful. The Oberndorf Lifeline Scholarship is an opportunity to help students achieve a degree in the event of personal hardships. Phi Theta Kappa is working hard to promote the use of CollegeFish where students can learn about transfer scholarship opportunities. Each of these tools provided by Phi Theta Kappa allows greater opportunity for college students and promotes education and success in an increasingly competitive world. I hope that we can continue to promote success through with our College Project, Honors Study Topic, and obtaining our Regional Goals. It would be a pleasure to help any chapters that might need ideas or insight regarding Honors in Action and other Phi Theta Kappa programs. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

I hope to see all of you at our Mock Chapter event!

Carlee Jernigan Hello, My name is Carlee Jernigan and I am honored to be the Regional President for the state of Alabama. I am currently the Vice President of Leadership of Jefferson Davis Community College located in Brewton, Alabama. Phi Theta Kappa has been an amazing experience for me and I enjoy meeting new people from all over the state. My interests include sports, outdoor activities, and reading. I am a team captain for Relay for Life at my college. I also help out with many other college activities and have started a karaoke contest for students to come and enjoy one another and meet new people on campus. My goal is to become a nurse but I am also interested in studying holistic medicine. I have a desire to help people and am currently taking care of an elderly gentlemen when I am not in school. I love to work and Phi Theta Kappa is no different. One of the most amazing things about Phi Theta Kappa is that we are able to help our college and communities and it is an honor to help out. I look forward to another great year with Phi Theta Kappa and look forward to serving you all this year as the Regional President for the state of Alabama.

Carlee Jernigan
Phi Theta Kappa Alabama Regional President