ACA Secretary Candidates

Online Voting Process

All chapter advisors attending NerdNation 2014 may cast their votes for the ACA Secretary position online between Wednesday, April 23, 3:00 pm and Saturday, April 26, 11:30 am. The winning candidate will be announced during the Hallmark Awards Gala.

Each advisor will receive an email from deidra.a.daws@ptk.org granting them access to the online voting system. Emails will be sent to the address on file for each advisor. If an advisor wishes to receive this email at another address, he or she may make this change at the Voter Registration Booth.

Advisors who do not have email access through a personal mobile device may use one of the iPad stations at the Voter Registration Booth adjacent to NerdNation Registration to access this email and cast their votes.

For questions, visit the Voter Registration Booth.

Voter Registration Booth Hours

Wednesday, April 23
1:00 pm -10:00 pm

Thursday, April 24
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

Friday, April 25
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 26
9:30 am - 11:30 am


2014 Candidates

Candidates for the position of ACA Secretary are Rebecca Allen and Stephen Schroeder. As part of the nomination process, both candidates submitted responses to the ACA Candidate Questionnaire. View each candidate’s responses provided below.


Rebecca Allen

Alpha Rho Tau Chapter
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Franklin, Indiana

How long have you served as a chapter advisor?

I have been an advisor of Alpha Rho Tau for thirteen years.

What do you consider to be your most important leadership role in Phi Theta Kappa?

My most important leadership role in Phi Theta Kappa is to encourage members and officers to set high goals, take risks, and learn from their mistakes. I challenge them because I expect them to be the best they can be. I encourage them to work in groups, promote their ideas, trust and enable each other, and celebrate their successes. If students fail, I reassure them with a hug and inspire them to try again.

Describe your most significant contribution to Phi Theta Kappa.

I feel my most significant contribution to Phi Theta Kappa is helping students understand the importance of assisting others and becoming leaders in their community. In addition to making a difference to those in need, the students are promoting Phi Theta Kappa on our campus and in our community, increasing our municipality’s awareness of the Honor Society.

Describe your most recent participation in an International Phi Theta Kappa Event.

I was a facilitator for the Academy during the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa conference and was also a co-presenter for an educational forum. I will be a facilitator and educational forum presenter for the 2014 conference also. Furthermore, I am looking forward to my first experience as a Faculty Scholar this June.

Please provide your answer to the following statement: Why I Wish to Serve as Secretary of the Association of Chapter Advisors.

I wish to serve as Secretary of the ACA to help strengthen the organization and develop closer relationships with my fellow advisors. I hope to enhance the exchange of information between the ACA board and advisors of Division III. I welcome the challenge and opportunity to be your ACA secretary and liaison.

A recommendation from a fellow advisor of 75 words (or less) supporting your candidacy.

Ms. Allen has shown her commitment to Phi Theta Kappa as a chapter advisor, regional coordinator and as a faculty scholar. Her length of service and the diverse roles she has held in the organization attest her dedication and allegiance to the society’s mission and core values. She brings to the position her knowledge of the society, exceptional leadership skills, and a sense of humor. Rebecca’s reputation is grounded in her honesty and integrity.

Mary Hovanec
Advisor
Chi Omega Chapter
Cuyahoga Community College
Parma, Ohio


Stephen (Steve) Schroeder

Phi Beta Chapter
College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn, Illinois

How long have you served as a chapter advisor?

For thirteen years I have been honored to serve as a co-advisor for the Phi Beta Chapter at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. I’m looking forward to serving for many more years as well.

What do you consider to be your most important leadership role in Phi Theta Kappa?

Chapter advisor is, without doubt, my most important leadership role. As an advisor, I endeavor to ensure that my chapter members make the most of the unique opportunities provided by Phi Theta Kappa. Indeed, my ultimate hope in serving as a leader on the regional and international level was to use the experiences to become a more informed, developed chapter advisor so as to give my chapter members the best experiences possible.

Describe your most significant contribution to Phi Theta Kappa.

As a member of the Honors Program Council, I am quite proud of the work we did in developing the two most recent Honors Study Topics and Program Guides. I was pleased to receive positive feedback from advisors and chapter members about “The Culture of Competition” and the high-quality experiences it inspired. It is my sincere hope that “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration” will be met with the same favorable reception.

Describe your most recent participation in an International Phi Theta Kappa Event.

In January I had the privilege of attending the Faculty Scholar Conference. It was an amazing opportunity to hear noted experts speak on our new Honors Study Topic, network with fellow advisors from throughout the society, and prepare to give our students at the upcoming Honors Institute an experience like no other. And yes, being hosted by our amazing colleagues in the British Virgin Islands made it all the more incomparable and unforgettable.

Please provide your answer to the following statement: Why I Wish to Serve as Secretary of the Association of Chapter Advisors.

I wish to maximize the Association of Chapter Advisors’ (ACA) ability to maintain open and clear channels of communication between chapter advisors and headquarters staff. If chapter advisors have a concern about society policies or activities, the ACA should be one of their primary partners in expressing that concern. Likewise, the ACA should also be a primary resource to help headquarters staff promote and clarify society initiatives for our advisors.

A recommendation from a fellow advisor of 75 words (or less) supporting your candidacy.

As a colleague on the Honors Program Council and a co-presenter at regional conventions, I am constantly impressed with the unique skills of listening, scholarly research, and teamwork that Steve Schroeder brings to the table. A passionate advocate for the Society, his fellow advisors, and his students, Steve consistently endeavors to model the spirit of our Society in his teaching and his actions. I am honored to recommend him for Secretary of the ACA.

Jo Fritts
Honors Program Council and Missouri Regional Coordinator
Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield, Missouri