Educational Forums

For the ultimate Convention educational experience, make plans to attend Educational Forums. Topics range from Society programs to personal development, student success and career planning, and they’re presented by staff experts and chapters who are setting the standards for excellence in Phi Theta Kappa.

Round 1 April 24, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Sponsored by American Cancer Society

Title Description Room
Success Tips: finding scholarships & your best fit four-year college

It's as easy as CollegeFish.org: learn how to understand the college matches and prioritize them in your Fishbowl; how to use the college comparison, the course planner, the calendar and the financial resources; and how to build relationships with transfer personnel at senior colleges and universities.

N. Hemisphere A4
Relay For Life: Conquering Cancer One Step at a Time

Raising funds for cancer research and support programs motivated these chapters to give it their all. Learn about Phi Theta Kappa's 10-plus-year partnership with the American Cancer Society, and hear chapters' successful strategies for fundraising and teambuilding. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society

S. Hemisphere II
Recruit Your Way to Membership Mania

Learn membership recruitment tips and best practices that will grow your chapter and increase its visibility on campus. Soon, your chapter will be inducting more members than you ever imagined!

S. Hemisphere IV
Honors in Action: Transform Your Chapter's Approach to the Honors Study Topic

Discover effective ways to develop an Honors in Action project through Honors Study Topic research, leadership development, service learning and collaboration.

N. Hemisphere E1
Financial Literacy: Meeting the Challenge of Today and Tomorrow

This forum will help you with short- and long-term goals. You'll learn action steps for some of the most common financial goals: reducing debt, creating an emergency fund, education and retirement planning. Sponsored by Bank of America

S. Hemisphere III
Competitive Edge: Your Ticket to Professionalism

Soft skills don't have to be hard! Let our professional development plan for members and alumni help you strengthen communication, critical thinking and professional etiquette skills that will help you better compete for jobs, scholarships and transfer opportunities.

Asia 1
CollegeFish.org 101: how new members can get hooked on collegefish.org

CollegeFish.org Minnows _ aka new members _ learn how Phi Theta Kappa's online college transfer tool can help you reel in scholarships and the four-year college of your dreams.

N. Hemisphere A1
Assessment 101: Collecting and Using Data to Inform Your Chapter's Decisions

Having good data is essential to making the best decisions about chapter initiatives. Explore a number of assessment techniques, and learn how to choose the one that's most appropriate for your outcomes.

N. Hemisphere E2
Advisors Only For Divisions I and III: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Headquarters staff show you how to leverage Society tools to increase membership. Learn how the Membership Recruitment Campaign Administered by Headquarters and online membership acceptance can be smart solutions to getting more done in less time. Plus get a PAM tutorial, and together we'll troubleshoot your biggest recruitment challenges.

N. Hemisphere A3
A Graduate Degree: Your Stepping Stone to Leadership, Service and Success

A comprehensive discussion about graduate school including how to decide which program and which college are right for you, and how to increase your chances of admission. Sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

S. Hemisphere I

Round 2 April 24, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Title Description Room
Voting Delegates business meeting

Official business of the Society is conducted during the Voting Delegates Business Meeting. Voting delegates will also receive important information and instruction regarding the election of International Officers. Only Registered Voting Delegates attend.

S. Hemisphere II
Unexpected Team Lessons Through Improv

You may not be able to plan for everything, but you can absolutely learn from anything! Explore the unexpected team lessons you can learn through improv.

S. Hemisphere IV
top transfer tips: from the present to your future

See how to carry the success you've found at your two-year college with you as you transfer to your four-year college.

N. Hemisphere A4
Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies (Fifth Edition)

Explore exciting changes to the fifth edition of Phi Theta Kappa's Leadership Development Program text. Certified leadership instructors and those who want to be certified to teach the course are encouraged to attend.

N. Hemisphere E2
Making the Move: Transitioning from Community Colleges to the Four-Year School

Learn the steps for selecting the right college, searching for funding and preparing for transfer that will make all the difference in a successful transfer to university life. Sponsored by Mississippi University for Women

S. Hemisphere III
Honors in Action: Transform Your Chapter's Approach to the Honors Study Topic

Discover effective ways to develop an Honors in Action project through Honors Study Topic research, leadership development, service learning and collaboration.

N. Hemisphere E1
Crafting Your Story

Alumna and Pulitzer Prize-winner Mirta Ojito shares advice for storytellers wanting to pursue a career in writing. Learn how she began at Miami Dade College and has gone on to publish her second successful book while teaching at the journalism school at Columbia University. The forum concludes with an author book signing.

S. Hemisphere V
CollegeFish.org 101: how new members can get hooked on collegefish.org

CollegeFish.org Minnows _ aka new members _ learn how Phi Theta Kappa's online college transfer tool can help you reel in scholarships and the four-year college of your dreams.

N. Hemisphere A1
Closing the Deal: Landing the Job You Want

This forum will guide you step-by-step through the art of writing a professional resume that presents your skills and abilities to help you get the job you want in today's competitive job market. You'll also get tips on dressing for success and other ways to ace your interview.

N. Hemisphere A3
Always Learning: Social Media Best Practices for Chapter Engagement

Learn how to leverage social media for more engagement in all that your chapter does. Join Pearson as we share our 10 best practices for social media engagement, and watch your chapter's engagement soar. Sponsored by Pearson Higher Education

S. Hemisphere I
Accepting the Honors Case Study Challenge

See how participating in the Honors Case Study Challenge can supplement your Honors in Action research AND help fulfill the Five Star Level of the Five Star Chapter Plan.

N. Hemisphere A2

Round 3 April 25, 2014 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Sponsored by Cengage Learning

Title Description Room
What's next? the role of alumni

The Phi Theta Kappa Experience doesn't end when you leave your chapter! Learn how alumni and alumni associations can make an impact on Phi Theta Kappa.

Oceanic 7
What Does the Tweet Say? Social Media Netiquette

Potential employers are watching your social media habits _ and what you post now could affect your ability to land a job later. Learn strategies to develop a digital identity, best practices for using social media and practical advice about personal branding on the Internet.

Oceanic 5
The C4 State Initiative: Join the Corps

Cultivating a culture of college completion is much bigger than a chapter project. It's a movement! Learn how a statewide C4 campaign can transform a one-time C4 event into an ongoing partnership.

N. Hemisphere A1
Taking the _Me_ Out of the Me Generation

Sorry, but it actually isn't all about you. Colleges and potential employers want to see you engaged on your campus and in your community. We'll show you how.

Oceanic 1
success Tips: finding scholarships & your best fit four-year college

It's as easy as CollegeFish.org: learn how to understand the college matches and prioritize them in your Fishbowl; how to use the college comparison, the course planner, the calendar and the financial resources; and how to build relationships with transfer personnel at senior colleges and universities.

Asia 5
Rollin' VIP: Gaining Selective College/University Admission

Learn how to leverage your Phi Theta Kappa membership to gain admission to the selective college or university of your choice. Sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

S. Hemisphere IV
Relay For Life: Conquering Cancer One Step at a Time

Raising funds for cancer research and support programs motivated these chapters to give it their all. Learn about Phi Theta Kappa's 10-plus-year partnership with the American Cancer Society, and hear chapters' successful strategies for fundraising and teambuilding. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society

N. Hemisphere E2
Regional Honors in Action Project: LibGuides to the Rescue!

Think a Regional Honors in Action Project is just too hard to pull off? Learn how Kentucky used an online LibGuide to organize their Regional Honors in Action Project with more than 70 percent chapter participation.

Oceanic 3
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Opportunities

Explore the different scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa has to offer. Your Honors in Action and other experience can make your scholarship application stand out from the crowd.

S. Hemisphere III
Internships and Careers in International Affairs

Former Ambassador and alumnus Dr. David Shinn shares his experiences in foreign affairs and best ideas on positioning yourself for a career in the global forum. The forum concludes with a book signing.

N. Hemisphere E1
Honors in Action: Transform Your Chapter's Approach to the Honors Study Topic

Discover effective ways to develop an Honors in Action project through Honors Study Topic research, leadership development, service learning and collaboration.

S. Hemisphere II
Hallmark Awards in Depth: Honors in Action

Go beyond the basics to learn more about planning, writing and editing effective Honors in Action Hallmark Award entries.

N. Hemisphere A4
Exploring the Honors Study Topic: Themes 5-9

Investigate Themes 5-9 of the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration (Celestial Frontiers, Temporal and Spatial Physics, Health and Medicine, Political Economy and Borders and Boundaries).

Asia 4
Exploring the Honors Study Topic: Themes 1-4

Investigate Themes 1-4 of the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration (Nature of the Quest, Ideas/Ideologies, Quests of Human Expression and Exploring the Natural Environment).

Asia 3
Engaging with You: Partnering with Students from College to Career

What do students think helps them succeed? How do they acquire and use digital course materials? Based on our in-depth research, we will show you what we are doing to make your student experience engaging and rewarding _ and how that translates to success in college and the job market. Sponsored by Cengage Learning

S. Hemisphere V
Each One, Tell One: Spreading Phi Theta Kappa Awareness

You know better than anyone else what Phi Theta Kappa has done for you _ now it's time to tell your friends. Your peers are missing out on extraordinary leadership development and scholarship opportunities. Don't keep Phi Theta Kappa a secret; get your message out there!

Asia 2
Confronting the Troublemaker in Your Chapter

This forum will challenge everyone to take responsibility for building a better, more responsible community and to find the courage to confront negative actions and attitudes from their fellow members. You'll learn practical strategies for increasing the effectiveness of constructive confrontations. Sponsored by CAMPUSPEAK

S. Hemisphere I
Communication: Without It, You're Only Leading Yourself

Good communication skills are essential to the success of a leader. Learn how to get your point across clearly and effectively, so you can inspire others to action.

Asia 1
Closing the Deal: Landing the Job You Want

This forum will guide you step-by-step through the art of writing a professional resume that presents your skills and abilities to help you get the job you want in today's competitive job market. You'll also get tips on dressing for success and other ways to ace your interview.

N. Hemisphere A2
Advisors Only For Divisions II and IV: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Headquarters staff show you how to leverage Society tools to increase membership. Learn how the Membership Recruitment Campaign Administered by Headquarters and online membership acceptance can be smart solutions to getting more done in less time. Plus get a PAM tutorial, and together we'll troubleshoot your biggest recruitment challenges.

N. Hemisphere A3

Round 4 April 26, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Sponsored by Mississippi University for Women

Title Description Room
Special event for competitive edge members only: The PASSION Project: Inspiring Students to Succeed!

How can I become more enthusiastic about my life and future? Is living my dream even possible? What is the true source of leadership, and how do I apply it to achieve my goals? This personal and professional development forum is exclusively for our Competitive Edge members, Levels 1-5. Sponsored by CAMPUSPEAK

S. Hemisphere III
Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies (Fifth Edition)

Explore exciting changes to the fifth edition of Phi Theta Kappa's Leadership Development Program text. Certified leadership instructors and those who want to be certified to teach the course are encouraged to attend.

Asia 5
More than Google: Doing Your Academic Research

Learn the basics of academic investigation as it relates to Honors in Action.

S. Hemisphere IV
Making the Move: Transitioning from Community Colleges to the Four-Year School

Learn the steps for selecting the right college, searching for funding and preparing for transfer that will make all the difference in a successful transfer to university life. Sponsored by Mississippi University for Women

S. Hemisphere II
iTeach 2.0: Teaching Apps to Engage Tech-Savvy Students

Need a new way to reach members? Are you feeling that your technology _scripts_ are outdated and need to be _refreshed_? This presentation will introduce the latest gadgets, gizmos and apps to engage students.

N. Hemisphere E2
Hites Scholarship: Tips & Advice from Winning Scholars

Learn winning strategies for writing Hites Scholarship applications.

N. Hemisphere E1
Hallmark Awards in Depth: Honors in Action

Go beyond the basics to learn more about planning, writing and editing effective Honors in Action Hallmark Award entries.

S. Hemisphere I
Exploring the Honors Study Topic: Themes 5-9

Investigate Themes 5-9 of the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration (Celestial Frontiers, Temporal and Spatial Physics, Health and Medicine, Political Economy and Borders and Boundaries).

N. Hemisphere A4
Exploring the Honors Study Topic: Themes 1-4

Investigate Themes 1-4 of the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration (Nature of the Quest, Ideas/Ideologies, Quests of Human Expression and Exploring the Natural Environment).

N. Hemisphere A2
Everything You Wanted to Know about Event Planning but Were Afraid to Ask

Planning an event entails hundreds of details and a lot of teamwork. Learn the steps for planning an (almost) stress-free event.

Asia 3
Completing Your Studies: Why It Matters for Honors Students to Encourage Others

Learn ways you can help fellow students persist in their classes and with their certificates and degrees.

Asia 2
CollegeFish.org: Completion & Transfer as a Chapter Initiative

Discover the ways CollegeFish.org can help you utilize completion and transfer as an effective initiative for your chapter.

N. Hemisphere A1
Beyond the Basics: Taking Your Chapter to the Next Level

Do you want to be a Top 100 _ or, even better, a Top 10 _ chapter? Learn the specific skills and attributes needed to obtain this level of success. Stress will be placed on effective planning, development and focus on the two main projects _ the Honors in Action and College Projects _ and the level of time and planning needed to bring about a comprehensive project.

Asia 4
Alumni Business Meeting

The Alumni Advisory Council will meet to discuss upcoming events and other business pertaining to the Society's Alumni Associations. Current and soon-to-be alumni are welcomed to this meeting to hear from the Alumni Advisory Council and fellow alumni about new initiatives and ways to connect with Phi Theta Kappa.

Oceanic 1
Advisors Only For Divisions I and III: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Headquarters staff show you how to leverage Society tools to increase membership. Learn how the Membership Recruitment Campaign Administered by Headquarters and online membership acceptance can be smart solutions to getting more done in less time. Plus get a PAM tutorial, and together we'll troubleshoot your biggest recruitment challenges.

N. Hemisphere A3
2014 Honors Institute

Hear all about the 2014 Honors Institute, the _crown jewel_ of Phi Theta Kappa programming, which will be held at Washington University in St. Louis.

Asia 1

Round 5 April 26, 2014 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Title Description Room
The Triple S: Self Discovery, Stress Reduction and Strength Building

The Triple-S provides new students with advice on how to make a strong start and then make the most of the college years. Learn how to embrace and take control of this time of self-discovery, implement stress-reduction strategies and uncover and move toward your personal strengths. Sponsored by CAMPUSPEAK

S. Hemisphere III
Supporting the Chapters in your Region: The Real Mission of Alumni

Make a difference as an alum! Learn ways you can support your region's chapters to help them succeed.

S. Hemisphere V
Success Tips: finding scholarships & your best fit four-year college

It's as easy as CollegeFish.org: learn how to understand the college matches and prioritize them in your Fishbowl; how to use the college comparison, the course planner, the calendar and the financial resources; and how to build relationships with transfer personnel at senior colleges and universities.

N. Hemisphere A2
NASA: The Risks and Rewards of Exploring Outer Space

Join NASA's Director of Safety and Mission Assurance from the Kennedy Space Center for a first-hand look at the risks and rewards of exploring celestial frontiers.

S. Hemisphere II
Keynote Speakers/Honors Study Topic Discussion Forum _ Room 2

Join the discussions on Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration as presented by Keynote Speakers Alison Levine and Dr. Robert Ballard.

S. Hemisphere IV
Keynote Speakers/Honors Study Topic Discussion Forum _ Room 1

Join the discussions on Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration as presented by Keynote Speakers Alison Levine and Dr. Robert Ballard

N. Hemisphere E2
Hites Scholarship: Tips & Advice from Winning Scholars

Learn winning strategies for writing Hites Scholarship applications.

N. Hemisphere E1
Exploring the Honors Study Topic: Themes 5-9

Investigate Themes 5-9 of the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration: (Celestial Frontiers, Temporal and Spatial Physics, Health and Medicine, Political Economy and Borders and Boundaries).

N. Hemisphere A2
Exploring the Honors Study Topic: Themes 1-4

Investigate Themes 1-4 of the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration: (Nature of the Quest, Ideas/Ideologies, Quests of Human Expression and Exploring the Natural Environment).

Asia 5
Engaging with You: Partnering with Students from College to Career

What do students think helps them succeed? How do they acquire and use digital course materials? Based on our in-depth research, we will show you what we are doing to make your student experience engaging and rewarding _ and how that translates to success in college and once you hit the job market. Sponsored by Cengage Learning

Asia 4
Competitive Edge: From the Mouths of Members

Members share their first-hand experiences of becoming Five Star Members through Phi Theta Kappa's professional development plan, which helps strengthen marketable skills.

S. Hemisphere V
CollegeFish.org 101: how new members can get hooked on collegefish.org

CollegeFish.org Minnows _ aka new members _ learn how Phi Theta Kappa's online college transfer tool can help you reel in scholarships and the four-year college of your dreams.

N. Hemisphere A1
Advisors Only For Divisions II and IV: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Headquarters staff show you how to leverage Society tools to increase membership. Learn how the Membership Recruitment Campaign Administered by Headquarters and online membership acceptance can be smart solutions to getting more done in less time. Plus get a PAM tutorial, and together we'll troubleshoot your biggest recruitment challenges.

N. Hemisphere A3
A Graduate Degree: Your Stepping Stone to Leadership, Service and Success

A comprehensive discussion about graduate school including how to decide which program and which college are right for you, and how to increase your chances of admission. Sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Americas Seminar Room