Newsletters from Jerry Smith

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Hello everyone,

My name is Jerry Smith, and I am a Pre-Engineering major at Calhoun Community College. My goal is to transfer to the University of Alabama Birmingham and get a Masters in Physics. From there I want to teach at a community college level. I have received the All USA Academic Team nomination, Mr. Calhoun, and was selected as one of the top 10 students for 2011. Calhoun has been so great to me that I want to give back to the educational process. I would like to be able to help out students the way some of my professors have helped me.

I currently work for my father and myself. I run his part of a flea market as well as my own. I maintain renter information and collection for a couple hundred vendors, as well as maintenance. I am also the owner of six residential rental properties, one commercial rental property, and a propane gas filling station. When I am not working I enjoy target shooting and training, carpentry work, watching movies, and tinkering with small projects.

I decided to become a leader in Phi Theta Kappa because I have had leadership training before in the Navy and I wanted to not only develop more myself but, also help others find their inner leader. Once in the role I received a ton of support from advisors and fellow members.

I would like to think that my time as president for Phi Theta Kappa I would be able to better communication between all of its chapters, and be able to provide information to the next president for a smooth transition. As far as dreams and aspirations go I only have one. I want to live on a sailboat in the Caribbean, and swim daily.

Hey Phi Theta Kappa,

Well, it's been a few weeks since our Honors in Action Leadership Conference, and I hope every chapter is working diligently on their projects and 5 star goals. I also hope that everyone who attended was able to acquire a tool that will be beneficial to bring your Honors in Action project to full fruition.. There are many avenues for help with your projects, and I encourage you to use them all. Remember that your regional district V.P.'s and myself are another source for help along your journey. We are here to help you. So feel free to contact us any time via email or phone. If we do not know the answer we will find out the best we can.

In the spirit of helping out, we know there are a lot of inductions quickly approaching, and we are more than happy to help. More than likely, that means you will be needing a speaker, and we would be honored to speak at your induction. If one can't do it, then it's possible that another regional officer could.

Many of you have already submitted your chapter’s 5 Star goals, and many of you are already well on your way. Many of you are well on your way there already! Please remember to update all of your 5 star information regularly, and check off your goals at each star level as you reach them so that you don't forget. You are working hard on reaching your goals and we don't want a small oversight being a problem later. For more information on the 5 star plan go to and log in or contact any of the Regional Officers.

Are you living on the edge? The Competitive Edge, that is. This is truly one of the best ways you can build your resume.

Competitive Edge is full of handy tools like: Online Portfolio, Resume Building, and help developing soft skills for everyday life. I encourage everyone to try your best at becoming a Five Star Competitive Edge member.

Pictures, pictures, pictures! We want to see all of your lovely faces and share them on the Alabama Regional website. Inductions, volunteering, chapter projects and special events, officer pictures, member pictures, and anything else you have. We want out web page to have a plethora of pictures so that new members and officers can see just how many fun and exciting things we do.

Alabama is a strong region, and I know we will do great things. Keep up the good work, and I hope to hear from y'all soon.

Who knew being smart could be so cool?

Jerry Smith
Alabama Regional President
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Hello Alabama,

Well, it seems to be getting that time of year again! A new semester is starting, getting ready for regional convention, and of course---those Hallmarks. The last month has probably been a little hectic, but the work is worth the outcome.

I hope everyone is having another great start to spring semester. One of the things I would like to put out there to all the chapters is running for regional officer. This is a wonderful experience, and with it comes a lot of challenges. However, the pay-off is well worth it. You will have opportunities that you could have never thought of. A year ago I would never have thought that I would have spoken in front of the State Board of Education. Nor would I have ever thought I would get to meet and talk with Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley.

We also had the opportunity to work with an amazing program--the Alabama Poverty Project. With this group of caring individuals, we were able to share the story of how the Alabama Region of Phi Theta Kappa helped the people of Alabama who were affected by the April storms. We did presentations at two of the APP events, and the statewide APP publication told about our proposal for a statewide tuition reduction for tornado victims. The State Board of Education’s approval of our proposal and the cooperation of several community college presidents enabled many to start or continue their education. We hope that the story inspired others to get involved with recovery efforts as well.

So many of you have been shining examples of servant-leadership with your hard work for Project SHARE. The money your chapter has raised will be an important contribution to students at colleges impacted by the tornadoes. Your chapter’s leadership through this project can carry over into the coming year if you step up and take on a regional leadership role. So if you have a desire to serve, and want to have an impact at the state level, then get involved---run for the President or District Vice President position. I would like to see several candidates from every District run for a position. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you would like to know more about the benefits and requirements for these positions, please email Ms. Nora Lee or any of the regional officers.

As you all know, the Alabama Regional Convention is quickly approaching, and I am looking forward to my chapter, Sigma Lambda, hosting this year. We at Calhoun are looking forward to hosting this event, and hope to see many of you there! As some of you may know, Calhoun currently has the Spirit Stick. This, however, is up for grabs come March 9th. For the ones who know me, you know I'm a sucker for and an amazing Roll Call. I would like to take this time to say BRING IT. At our Mock Chapter events we had some amazing Roll Calls. The ones who were there can testify! Make it a song, a skit, an interpretive dance, it doesn't matter. Just have fun! All the details are getting ironed out presently, and will be finished in the near future. As soon as this happens all the information will be sent to you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime.

Just a couple more things to hit on---Hallmark Awards and Project SHARE. The Project SHARE deadline for the regional award for the most money raised is February 1. If you receive donations after this, you can still turn them in to Dr. and Mrs. Lee. The awards to the colleges are planned for the end of April, so please continue your fundraising efforts.

I want to wish everyone good luck on your Hallmarks. Thank you for all the hard work that you put into Phi Theta Kappa.

Above and beyond is what makes us great. Alabama is a GREAT region, and I am proud to be associated with you.


Jerry Smith
Alabama Regional President
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society