Newsletters from Nicholas Reich

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District 2,

I, Nick Reich, am very proud to call myself the vice-president of your powerful, productive, award-winning district. I am from Bevill State in Jasper, currently majoring in English (subject to change). I love English, but I am not exactly sure what career path I would like to pursue. That is what these first two years are for, though – decision making. I am an avid reader and movie watcher. My favorite book at the moment is The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, only slightly beating The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I like movies by Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, the Coppolas (Francis and Sofia), and the Coen Brothers. I enjoy being active (probably should be more often). Hiking, rafting, running, and swimming are all good. Manual labor works as my therapy.

I met many of you at the Regional Convention and even more at International Convention in Seattle (great time, by the way), and I am very excited about this year. The Honors Institute in Boston is going to be great. I am going to bring back as much knowledge as I can to the district, so we can accomplish even more this year than last. We can win all of the Hallmark awards next year and put Alabama in the Phi Theta Kappa record book.

Hello District Two,

Sorry it has taken me so long to get a greeting out to you guys for the fall semester. I enjoyed seeing some of you at the Leadership Conference; hopefully everyone acquired new knowledge about the best ways to succeed as a chapter.

I would like to see how your chapters are progressing in the 5 Star Chapter Development Program, and how you Honors in Action and College Projects are going. We have a few months to go before the Honors Study Topic changes and I am interested in knowing what success you have had in understanding the democratization of information and applying this understanding to the betterment of your community.

Also, I would strongly encourage you to keep the regional goals in mind, updating us whenever you have completed one. Project SHARE (see Regional Goal #1 on the attached file) is of utmost importance this year, something I think that could change the lives of people seeking out an higher education after the April storms, and it would be remarkable if as many chapters as possible could raise their $250 or more to support this initiative.

Please remember that I am available to come to whatever meetings, inductions, and get-togethers that you might want me to attend. If you give me a heads up a week or so before the event, I will do whatever I can to be there. I am looking forward to meeting with you throughout this academic year.

Have fun this semester,

Nicholas Reich
Phi Theta Kappa
Alabama Region
Vice-President of District 2

Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed relaxing and recuperating over the much-needed break for the holidays. 2011 was a busy year for everyone and a two-week hiatus from life at school can work miracles for a person’s stress levels. Now that the spring semester has started, however, it is time to shift back into full stride and complete Hallmark Award entries (unless you have already finished, in which case you can breathe). These entries can be strenuous to prepare but they are the key to getting the recognition you deserve for community service and scholarly endeavors. As you are assembling the essays – compiling names, dates, outcome, etc. – I encourage you to seek help from the faculty members of your school (English professors, for example) who can help edit and critique your work. The entries that most frequently win are those that are meticulously worded, tightly organized, and informative. Be as specific as you possibly can while using the most direct language. Answer all facets of each question you are posed (i.e. read directions carefully). And, if possible, submit your entries several days before the deadline, leaving no room for error. If Alabama wins half as many Hallmarks as last year we will be doing great, but I am convinced we can do better still.

Project SHARE is doing well. I hope you have all ordered a shirt or hoodie and thought up fun and interesting ways to raise money for this scholarship fund – the ideal amount being 250 dollars per chapter. This project will prove to be a great value for future college students.

Also, the time is approaching when some members are going to be moving on to the next step in their life and recruitment, along with officer elections, will become a priority. I find that this period of time is best for fully exploring the Fellowship aspect of Phi Theta Kappa. Meet-and-greets with food on the side, for instance, can be an effective medium for discussions about the benefits of the Society with eligible students and an opportune time to probe members for interest in serving as an officer. Once you find out which members are interested in leadership, you might consider holding interviews with these students and establishing their level of interest and which position best fits their strengths. My term as vice-president for District Two is also coming to an end and I would be glad to discuss the responsibilities with anyone interested in running for a regional officer position. The experience is incredibly rewarding and I would recommend it to any dedicated Phi Theta Kappa member. Please let me know if you want me to attend or speak at any event your chapter holds. It would be my pleasure.

Nicholas Reich
Vice-President of District 2
Lambda Epsilon Chapter
Bevill State Community College