Newsletters from Haley House

JANUARY 2013

Hello District 3 Phi Theta Kappans!

This is Haley House, your Alabama Regional Vice President for District 3.

picture of Haley House

How is everyone? I hope you all are having a great spring semester so far! I cannot believe how fast time flies. Before you know it we will be graduating from our two year college and moving on into our junior and senior years as college students! What an amazing journey we have ahead of us.

In January, my chapter, Phi Upsilon, successfully carried out the editing and submiting process of our Hallmarks. The Hallmark Award deadline was January 30th, so I hope you all were able to submit in time. I have a strong feeling that the Alabama Region will win some amazing awards this year, and if not, you are all winners to me!

In a past newsletter, I informed you all that I was selected by my college to be an All USA/All Alabama Academic Team Nominee. I asked that if you or anyone you know was also selected for this, to please let me know so that they can be recognized in this month’s newsletter. I was excited to hear back from a few advisors that informed me on the following people that were also nominated:

  • Claire Jordan-Phi Upsilon Chapter at ASCC
  • Jessica Williamson & Ethan Powell- Alpha Beta Eta Chapter at LBWCC
  • Anne Joly- Omega Beta Chapter at GCWCC
  • Carlee Jernigan & Taylor Zimmerman- Alpha Eta Lambda Chapter at JDCC.

Congratulations, everyone for your nominations and noticeable hard work and success at your community college!

Our next Phi Theta Kappa adventure will be the Regional Convention on March 1-2 at Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, AL. I will be sending you all more information on this exciting event as it comes. In the mean time, I would like for you all to be contacting the Alpha Eta Lambda chapter to see if there is anything your chapter can help them with as they plan for this event to be on their campus.

Please contact me whenever you all start planning your spring induction ceremonies. I would love to come, whether you want me to help get things organized for the ceremony or even to give a speech. I am willing to be at your service for anything that your chapter may need. When you plan your chapter meetings and special events for the spring semester, please send me those dates. I would really like to visit each of you at some point during the semester, and hope you’ll call on me if you need help with any of your chapter activities.

Advisors, this letter will also be sent to your officers.

Officers, please be sure to read and discuss this newsletter at your next meeting so other members are informed.

PS- Don’t forget about Roll Call for Regional Convention!!!
Haley


SEPTEMBER 2012

Hello District 3 Phi Theta Kappans!

This is Haley House, your Alabama Regional Vice President for District 3.

How is everyone? I hope you are all enjoying your fall semester! I know that the fall semester is always a little bit busier than others but I would love to hear how things are going within your chapters! Please contact me whenever you all start planning your induction ceremonies. I would love to come, whether you want me to help get things organized for the ceremony or even to give a speech. I am willing to be at your service for anything that your chapter may need.

This month a lot of chapters within the Region came together at the Leadership Conference that was held in Columbiana, Alabama on September 14-15 at the 4H center. This was such a great experience for all of us to meet more scholars in our state and to also build more leadership skills. We enjoyed obstacle courses, swimming, a bon fire and more! We also had a very special guest with us at the Conference—International Officer, Ryan Lake! We were all very excited that he took the time to be a part of one of our Region’s annual events. The best part to me was the panel discussion! I enjoyed watching Phi Theta Kappa members get the chance to ask the panelists questions regarding poverty in Alabama. The Panelists covered different aspects of how lack of education is one of the root causes of poverty. They gave us some of the major causes of poverty and insight on ways that we can help change this problem in our state. For our conclusions, we would like to ask for your help. We want to follow up with everyone who attended the Leadership Conference by asking you all what your conclusions are based on the research and panel discussion.

Our next Phi Theta Kappa adventure will be the Regional Convention on March 1-2 in Brewton, AL.

I would like to stay in touch throughout the year, and hear from each of you about your chapter’s activities. When you plan your chapter meetings and special events for fall semester, please send me those dates. I would really like to visit each of you at some point during the year, and hope you’ll call on me if you need help with any of your chapter activities.

Advisors, this letter will also be sent to your officers.

Officers, please be sure to read and discuss this Newsletter at your next meeting.

PS- Don’t forget about Roll Call!!!


AUGUST 2012

Hello District 3 Phi Theta Kappans!

I’m Haley House, your Alabama Regional Vice President for District 3.

How is everyone? I hope you are all enjoying your fall semester so far! I know that the fall semester is always a little bit busier than others but I would love to hear how things are going within your chapters! Please contact me whenever you all start planning your induction ceremonies. I would love to come, whether you want me to help get things organized for the ceremony or even to give a speech. I am willing to be at your service for anything that your chapter may need.

Everyone is so excited about the Regional Honors in Action Project! There are nine chapters within the Alabama Region participating in the research! This is outstanding and I am so excited that our Region is dedicated to getting as much out of the Phi Theta Kappa experience as possible! To make sure that everyone has had enough time and the opportunity to be a part of this, we have extended the deadline to September 5th. This means that if your chapter is not participating yet but has decided you want to, please join us—it is not too late! Just contact our Regional President, Carlee Jernigan at carleesbizzness@yahoo.com. This project will not only help you and your chapter to better understand how the Honors in Action project is suppose to be done, it will also provide a way for you all to take a leadership role at the Regional level. Your member of the research team should post the research and a short summary of that research on our Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/al.hia.research/ . Members of the research team should read what the others have posted, ask questions, and ultimately come to their own conclusions about the research. Remember, you need three to five resources by September 5th.

The Regional Officers recently took a road trip to Jackson, Mississippi—not just for anything of course, but to the Phi Theta Kappa headquarters! I was so upset that I was not able to take this journey with my Phi Theta Kappa family because my classes began that day, but my chapter President, Jo-Copeland Nipper, filled in for me. This is a perfect example of how we all need to be able to count on each other as chapter members and officers to help each other out. We always need to be willing to give a helping hand when we see that it is needed. Now, back to the trip! The Regional Officers, Jo-Copeland, and other attending members learned a lot about the Regional Honors in Action project while in Jackson, MS. This is what our District 1 Regional Officer, Ruby De La Peña had to say about what they learned. “We asked questions pertaining to our Regional Honors in Action Project. Susan Edwards, Dean of Honors Programs for Phi Theta Kappa, suggested that we look for various academic articles for and against the subject we are researching. The analysis of the research is very important when looking at what will make a difference in the community. She also suggested that we make sure our project has a measureable impact. These are all things you can implement in your own Honors in Action Projects."

Our next Phi Theta Kappa adventure is the Leadership Conference that will be held in Columbiana, Alabama on September 14-15 at the 4H center.

This will be such a great experience for all of us to continue to meet more scholars in our state and to also build more leadership skills. We will have obstacle courses, a chance a swim, a volleyball area, and many more fun activities that I will let be a surprise! We will also have a very special guest that will be at the Conference with us—International Officer, Ryan Lake! We are all very excited that he has taken the time to be a part of one of our Region’s annual events. All of you please plan on being at this fun event!

I know that everyone is busy with the fall semester beginning, but I would like to stay in touch throughout the year, and hear from each of you about your chapter’s activities. When you plan your chapter meetings and special events for fall semester, please send me those dates. I would really like to visit each of you at some point during the year, and hope you’ll call on me if you need help with any of your chapter activities.

Advisors, this letter will also be sent to your officers.

Officers, please be sure to read and discuss this Newsletter at your next meeting.

PS- Don’t forget about Roll Call!!!
Haley


JULY 2012

Hello District 3 Phi Theta Kappans!

I’m Haley House, your Alabama Regional Vice President for District 3.

I would like to begin my newsletter by stating that the District 3 Mock Chapter rocked!! My chapter and I had an amazing time thanks to Mrs. Heather Owen and the L.B. Wallace chapters. The LBWCC campus was so beautiful. I learned so much from this experience and can’t wait to use my skills within my home chapter. During Mock Chapter, we introduced ourselves during Roll Call. For those of you who are not familiar with Roll Call, it is simply a way we get everyone pumped and excited at the beginning of every Phi Theta Kappa Regional event. This is where your chapter has the opportunity to do a fun chant or cheer and at the end you state how many members, officers, and advisors that are with you attending the event. I encourage all of you to come up with a great Roll Call! The louder and crazier, the better! After Roll Call, we broke out into our fake "mock chapters." In these groups we formed our own chapter with officers, members, advisors, and college presidents. We discussed the Honors Study Topic, "The Culture of Competition" and even chose a theme in which we discussed the process of how to successfully complete both the Honors in Action and college projects. After lunch, we went back into our groups and came up with a Roll Call cheer to present at the final General Session. I hope that you all enjoyed it as much as I did. I would love to hear your experience and any comments that you have regarding Mock Chapter. If you would like to see the highlights of this event, the link that Mrs. Owen has provided us with is at the bottom of this newsletter.

The 2012 Regional Goals were also discussed at the Mock Chapter event. We discussed the Regional Honors in Action project and hope that you all are excited about being a part of the research team. The Regional Director has sent the goals to all advisors along with information about the Regional HiA Project. I would love to help you all out with any questions that you may come across with the Regional Goals along with any other Phi Theta Kappa questions.

Our next Phi Theta Kappa adventure is the Leadership Conference that will be held in Columbiana, Alabama on September 14-15 at the 4H center. This will be such a great experience for all of us to continue to meet more scholars in our state and to also build more leadership skills. We will have obstacle courses, a chance a swim, a volleyball area, and many more fun activities that I will let be a surprise! All of you please plan on being at this fun event!

Summer is almost over! I know that everyone is busy with the fall semester approaching us, but I would like to stay in touch throughout the year, and hear from each of you about your chapter’s activities. When you plan your chapter meetings and special events for fall semester, please send me those dates. I would really like to visit each of you at some point during the year, and hope you’ll call on me if you need help with any of your chapter activities.

Advisors, this letter will also be sent to your officers.

Mock Chapter video

Haley


JUNE 2012

Hello District 3 Phi Theta Kappans!

I’m Haley House, your Alabama Regional Vice President for District 3.

How is everyone? I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you all! We are just getting back from Denver, CO where we had our yearly Honor's Institute. We had such a great week and learned so much about the new Honors Study Topic, “The Culture of Competition.” It was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me. It was my very first time flying and the farthest I had ever been from home! While there, I really enjoyed the overall program that our International staff put together. We heard from wonderful speakers, and had wonderful advisors serving as seminar group leaders. The best part was meeting and getting great ideas from other Phi Theta Kappans from all over the country. During our free day, the Regional Officer team enjoyed touring Vail, the largest ski resort in North America, and sightseeing. I did enjoy seeing some of your familiar faces and hope that you had as much fun as I did! I would love to hear about your experience and even see pictures via our new “Phi Theta Kappa: Alabama Region, District 3” Facebook page.

I hope that everyone is taking the time to have fun exploring the Honors Study Topic with your home chapter. If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to help out as much as possible.

In my discussion group, I learned a lot of new ways of looking at “The Culture of Competition.” We all had different opinions on what competition meant to us and all agreed that we couldn’t have a better Honors Study Topic. “The Culture of Competition” involves everything we do just about every day of our lives. Learning the good and bad aspects of each theme from everyone’s perspective gave me some great ideas of my own. This may be a great way for you and your chapter to figure out which theme to choose for you project. Listen to each others’ ideas on each theme, and then choose the theme that everyone is the most interested in.

Our next Phi Theta Kappa adventures are the Mock Chapter events! The dates are July 13 for District 3, and July 27 for Districts 1 and 2. This is a free event, open to all Phi Theta Kappa members, officers, and advisors. Our District 3 Mock Chapter will be in Greenville on the L.B. Wallace campus. Mrs. Heather Owen along with the Alpha Beta Eta and Beta Pi Nu chapters will be hosting this event. They have everything planned out for us to have a great Mock Chapter experience! I would like all of you to participate to learn new skills and meet other scholars like yourselves. I encourage all members, officers and advisors to join us for Mock Chapter. The deadline for sending in the registration form is July 2.

Thank all of you for sending me your new officer information. I am very thankful that I have such great chapters within my District. I would like to stay in touch throughout the summer and fall, and hear from each of you about your chapter’s activities. I still need pictures of your chapter's fall and/or spring induction of new members. It would be great if we could have every chapter in our District featured on alptk.com, the Alabama Region’s website. When you plan your chapter meetings and special events for fall semester, please send me those dates. I would really like to visit each of you at some point during the year, and hope you’ll call on me if you need help with any of your chapter activities.

I would really like to hear your ideas, so please let me know what you think about our Region’s needs, and what should be included in the Regional goals.

Advisors, this letter will also be sent to your officers.

I hope to see many of you at the upcoming events!

P.S. Advisors, please remember to complete the Annual Report. You cannot make 5 Star unless you do so. Even if you have missed the deadline, please be sure to send it.

Haley


Hello Phi Theta Kappa members,

My name is Haley House, your new District 3 Regional Officer! I am a freshman at Alabama Southern Community College in my hometown, Monroeville, AL. My goal is to receive my associate degree at ASCC, then transfer to the University of South Alabama to obtain my degree in Radiologic Sciences.

I am very involved at Alabama Southern. Along with being a full time student, I am a part of the Student Government Association, Baptist Campus Ministries and now I am proud to say that I am an active member of Phi Theta Kappa. I also work part time as a work study in the Student Development office.

When I am not busy with school, I enjoy shopping, going to the movies, swimming, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

I am so happy that I decided to become a leader in Phi Theta Kappa. I know that the experience will be a great one. During my time as your District 3 Vice President I would like to encourage all students that get invited to be a part of Phi Theta Kappa to accept membership. My email address is haleyhouseptk@gmail.com so please feel free to email me any time for any reason. I cannot wait to begin this new year, it’s going to be great!

I look forward to working with my fellow Phi Theta Kappa members and officers this year. I know this will be a great and fun experience!