Educational Forums

For the ultimate educational experience at NerdNation, make plans to attend our Educational Forums. With over 65 forums offered over three days, our Educational Forums can teach everyone a new thing or two. Topics span 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.

EDUCATIONAL FORUMS ROUND 1

Thursday, April 16, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  
C4 & CollegeFish.org: The One-Two Sweep To Supporting College Completion On Your Campus
Looking for meaningful ways to help impact college completion on campus? Want a college project framework your administrators will love? Learn best practices for connecting C4 and CollegeFish.org into a powerful project to impact student success campus-wide.
CC 206
CollegeFish.org 101: Catching The College And Scholarship Of Your Dreams
CollegeFish.org has lots of tools to help members match with best fit transfer colleges and scholarship opportunities. Over 2,000 college transfer options, over $37 million in transfer scholarships. Learn best practices to help you maximize this powerful resource.
CC 207
Competitive Edge: Soft Skills Don't Have To Be Hard
This professional development plan for members and alumni is getting a whole new look in 2015. What's not changing? The plan's focus on soft skills that employers need.
CC 214D
Infographic Resumes: Warning! Objects In This Session Are Way Cooler Than They Appear
Explore best practices for resume and cover letter writing and how to transform your skills and experience into infographics.
CC 217B
Make Worldwide Connections As A Tutor With TheTalkList
Connect globally and learn about TheTalkList, a partner providing opportunities for individual growth, valuable services for those seeking to develop their language skills, leadership and fellowship with international students and opportunities to earn money with a schedule you set.
CC 217A
Nerding Out On Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
Get your nerd on by learning all the ins and outs of Phi Theta Kappa's scholarships. How to apply, when to apply and what's in it for you.
CC 214AB
Study Abroad With The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP)
Join ISLP's career-focused delegations abroad and choose from several career paths to inform and enrich your career objectives and lifelong goals.
CC 217C
The Role Of Financial Literacy On Student Success
Discover what is being done across the country to support student financial well-being, where the gaps are and what the research tells us about the link between financial well-being and student success.
CC 217D

EDUCATIONAL FORUMS ROUND 2

Thursday, April 16, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  
Sponsored by Mississippi University for Women  
3...2...1... Countdown To A New Chapter Management System
This year Phi Theta Kappa will launch a comprehensive upgrade of all technologies of the Society. Get a first look at the new website and a sneak preview of how advisors will interact with eligible students and members.
CC 217B
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.
CC 206
Alumni Business Meeting
Current and soon-to-be alumni are invited to this meeting of the Alumni Advisory Council to hear about alumni business, upcoming events, new initiatives and ways to connect with Phi Theta Kappa.
CC 201
Anatomy Of A Winning Scholarship Application
Learn tips and tricks from past scholarship recipients, an advisor, nominator and judge to strengthen your scholarship entries and increase the competitiveness of your applications.
CC 214B
Conquering Cancer With The American Cancer Society
Learn how Phi Theta Kappa's Relay For Life dollars are put to work in the fight against cancer and other opportunities to make a difference!
CC 217D
Financial Literacy: Meeting The Challenges Of Today And Tomorrow
Sponsored by Bank of America, 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.
CC 217C
Five Star Chapter Plan: From Zero To Hero
Chapters large and small can be Five Star Chapters. Let the Alpha Xi Tau Chapter show you how they did it by creating a manageable timeline, maximizing the strengths of their advisors and members, and achieving campus "buy-in." Your chapter can do this!
CC 214C
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.
CC 207
Making The Move: The Transition From Community College 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.
CC 217A
So You Want To Be A Leader? The Difference Between Being A Leader And Manager
This presentation will focus on the do's and don'ts of being a leader and provide practical techniques for participants to use as they aspire to leadership roles.
CC 205
Voting Delegates Only: Your Important Role In The International Officer Election
Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the responsibilities of International Officers and how to cast your chapter's ballot for the 2015-2016 International Officer Team.
CC 214AB

EDUCATIONAL FORUMS ROUND 3

Friday, April 17, 8:30 am – 9:30 am  
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society  
3...2...1... Countdown To A New Chapter Management System
This year Phi Theta Kappa will launch a comprehensive upgrade of all technologies of the Society. Get a first look at the new website and a sneak preview of how advisors will interact with eligible students and members.
CC 217B
A Vision For The Future: Seamless Virtual Student Services For Today's Student
Learn about the journey, the successes and the lessons learned as the Kentucky Community and Technical College System developed and delivered a comprehensive outsourced student services delivery model that provides virtual 24/7/365 student support services to their students.
CC 214C
Becoming A Civic Leader
Want to effect change on your campus and in your community? Come learn the importance of civic engagement, how your leadership skills can be applied to civic leadership and ways in which you can become more civic-minded.
CC 206B
Bloom Where You Are Planted: Keeping Research Local
Beginning your Honors in Action research at the local level can inspire creative, unique projects that will be meaningful for your members, officers and advisors for years to come.
CC 207A
Career Advice And Networking
Join a group of your peers in roundtable discussions with individuals in specific career fields including business/entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, art, law and internships. Learn more about their educational paths, necessary licensure/tests, salary potential and more!
CC 206A
CollegeFish.org 101: Catching The College And Scholarship Of Your Dreams
CollegeFish.org has lots of tools to help members match with best fit transfer colleges and scholarship opportunities. Over 2,000 college transfer options and over $37 million in transfer scholarships are available. Learn best practices to help you maximize this powerful resource.
CC 201
Fundraisers That Shoot For The Stars — And Hit Them
Take your fundraisers beyond bake sales with advice from a chapter that's had consistent fundraising success. Get ideas that work for your campus' demographics; learn how to confidently contact local businesses for support; and get tips for working with your campus foundation and administration.
CC 208
Get The Inside Scoop: Tips For Turning Your College Experience Into Future Success
Learn firsthand about products that will help you excel, organizations that give you a voice and tips that will help you get on-the-job experience while making the most of your education.
CC 217C
Honors In Action: How To Get Started
It all begins with exploring the Honors Study Topic! This forum is designed to give you an action plan for academic research that will lead you to an outstanding Honors in Action Project.
CC 204B
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.
CC 202B
Implementing The Alumni Association Guide To Success
Learn how this guide can help your association make a greater difference.
CC 203B
Individual Awards: Getting Your Advisors, Members And Officers On Stage
Hear what Hallmark Award judges wish you knew about writing individual award entries.
CC 212
Leadership Development Studies: A Humanities Approach
Advisors and members, learn about the content, methodologies and opportunities to adopt Phi Theta Kappa's unique leadership development curriculum for your chapter or your institution.
CC 204A
Membership: Beyond The Basics
Learn ways to spread the word about the benefits of Phi Theta Kappa membership to prospective members, faculty, staff and administrators. Focus will be placed on creative ways to raise awareness on your campus and in your community.
CC 205
Mosal And Marshall Awards For Advisors
Scholarships aren't just for students! Find out how advisors can apply for a $5,000 scholarship for the completion of projects that lead to professional growth as scholars and leaders with advice from award winners.
CC 203A
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Applications: Advisor And Nominator Roundtable Discussion
Explore the recent changes to Phi Theta Kappa's fall and spring scholarship applications, collaborate on ways to encourage students to apply and share best-practices with your peers.
CC 214A
Reaching Out To The New Kids On The Block
Create a College Project that engages new students, faculty and administrators. This discussion will center on the Rho Eta Chapter's College Project, the FLOAT program, which offers first-year students live and online training related to the Society's four Hallmarks.
CC 207B
Relay For Life: All-Star Chapters
Two top-fundraising chapters share their passion for this American Cancer Society event and how to start your own Relay For Life team.
CC 214B
Selective College Admission 101
Have you always dreamt of attending an Ivy League or a highly selective admissions college but are intimidated by the process? Come learn from this panel of experts, including Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholars who are now attending highly selective admissions universities.
CC 202A
So You Want To Be A Teacher?
Teaching isn't just for professors. If you have a presentation to give at school, work or in the community, you need this session! Get a hands-on lesson in teaching and how to connect with your audience to give a memorable presentation.
CC 213
Tutoring For Success With Khan Academy Resources
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Learn how winners of the The Khan Academy Tutoring Challenge used Khan Academy tutoring resources, helping students master more than 20,000 skills.
CC 217D
Yes, And...: Leadership Lessons Through Improv
What can improv comedy teach you about self-awareness, leadership and teamwork? A lot, actually! Participants will experience improv through hands-on activities and discuss how their experiences can improve communication and teamwork in their chapters and in life.
CC 217A

EDUCATIONAL FORUMS ROUND 4

Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am  
Sponsored by the Cengage Learning  
2015 Honors Institute
Hear all about the 2015 Honors Institute, the "crown jewel" of Phi Theta Kappa programming, which will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
CC 203
3...2...1...Countdown To a New Chapter Management System
This year Phi Theta Kappa will launch a comprehensive upgrade of all technologies of the Society. Get a first look at the new website and a sneak preview of how advisors will interact with eligible students and members.
CC 206A
Award-Winning Honors In Action Projects
Go beyond the basics to learn more about planning, writing and editing effective Honors in Action Hallmark Award entries.
CC 210
Becoming A Phi Theta Kappa Certified Leadership Instructor
Advisors, learn all about the Leadership Instructor Certification Seminars for Phi Theta Kappa's Leadership Development Studies.
CC 204A
Build A Better Classroom
No time for innovation and creativity in your classroom? That's a problem! Get your creative juices flowing again and start generating ideas that will engage and energize your students and members — leading to a better overall college experience.
CC 201
Building A Strong Chapter Officer Team
Learn how to create and develop a strong officer team to lead your local nerd herd. Suggested election processes, roles, duties and leadership skills will be included, as will tips for maintaining a team spirit and avoiding burnout.
CC 214B
Civility, Tolerance And R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Whatever happened to respect? Professionalism, appropriate conduct and tolerance are traits lacking from many college campuses today. Nobody likes feeling like Rodney Dangerfield — let's learn how we can turn this trend around.
CC 205
College Transfer 101: A Discussion Featuring Four-Year Transfer Personnel
So you're ready to transfer to a four-year college? Get tips and real-world advice on succeeding in the next stage of your journey from university transfer personnel to ensure your success!
CC 214C
CollegeFish.org 101: Catching The College And Scholarship Of Your Dreams!
CollegeFish.org has lots of tools to help members match with best fit transfer colleges and scholarship opportunities. Over 2,000 college transfer options and over $37 million in transfer scholarships are available. Learn best practices to help you maximize this powerful resource.
CC 214D
Communication: Without It, You're Only Leading Yourself
If you lead, will people follow? Having a message to share or a worthy cause to promote doesn't matter if you can't communicate it to others. The cornerstone of effective leadership is communication. Come see how to get it right.
CC 202B
Competitive Edge: Soft Skills Don't Have To Be Hard
This professional development plan for members and alumni is getting a whole new look in 2015. What's not changing? The plan's focus on soft skills that employers need.
CC 214A
Demystifying The Honors Study Topic
Interested in Phi Theta Kappa's Honors Study Topic but not sure what it means? This forum will help you learn more about Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration and the nine themes around which the topic is organized.
CC 207A
Experience, Research And Money, Oh My!
Research, workshop and internship opportunities abound for community college students — especially in the summer, and many of them pay! Learn how to find and land these opportunities, making you more competitive for scholarships and entrance into professional degree programs.
CC 212
Exploring Ethical Dimensions In The New Frontier
Join in on a dialogue about ethical leadership in the 21st Century. Participants will explore how the ever-changing technological advancements impact our personal, community and global ethics.
CC 217C
From Resumes To Interviews: Tips for Success
Resumes: what goes in, and what gets cut out? We'll show you how to highlight your skills while leaving the fluff behind. And once it's landed you the interview, you'll need to know how to dress and what to say. We can help with that too.
CC 202A
Gaining Membership Momentum
The 2014-2015 International Officer Team issued a challenge — to increase the number of eligible students who accept membership from 12% to 15% by the end of 2015. Join these student leaders as they share membership and awareness best practices.
CC 217D
Get the Inside Scoop: Tips For Turning Your College Experience Into Future Success
Learn firsthand about products that will help you excel, organizations that give you a voice and tips that will help you get on-the-job experience while making the most of your education.
CC 213
Hites Transfer Forum
Get ready for the transition to a four-year college by joining us for advice on applying for scholarships and completing college applications plus discussion of the transfer process and resources available.
CC 207B
International Education Opportunities For Students And Administrators
Institute of International Education representatives will highlight opportunities for administrators, faculty and institutions to participate in and build upon efforts to internationalize your campus through scholarship and grant programs that will help your students, you and your colleagues gain access to international education exchanges and professional development.
CC 217B
Planning Regional Meetings That Wow!
Great regional conferences can be game-changers. Find out what these regions have learned about hosting awe-inspiring events.
CC 204B
Ready...Set...#GoBuildATeam
This high-energy, high-impact and engaging experience will explore contemporary team development practices through an experiential approach. The process is fun, and you'll leave ready — dare we say, eager? — to run out and build up your Phi Theta Kappa team.
CC 206B
Tutoring For Success With Khan Academy Resources
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Learn how winners of the The Khan Academy Tutoring Challenge used Khan Academy tutoring resources, helping students master more than 20,000 skills.
CC 217A

EDUCATIONAL FORUMS ROUND 5

Saturday, April 18, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  
Sponsored by the Texas A&M University  
College Transfer 101: Catching the College And Scholarship Of Your Dreams For Advisors And Students
CollegeFish.org has a wide variety of tools to help students and advisors navigate completion and transfer. Learn tips to maximize the tools in supporting student success and sharing the benefits of CollegeFish.org campus wide.
CC 214C
Exploring Ethical Dimensions in the New Frontier
Join in on a dialogue about ethical leadership in the 21st Century. Participants will explore how the ever-changing technological advancements impact our personal, community and global ethics.
CC 217C
Financial Literacy: Meeting The Challenges Of Today And Tomorrow
Sponsored by Bank of America, 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.
CC 217D
How Do I Create Value In My Personal Brand?
Your personal brand is always for sale, but would anyone buy it? From professional profile pictures to the content you share, your personal brand is the most important thing you have! Learn the top 10 best practices for creating value in your personal brand!
CC 217A
Making the Move: The Transition From Community College 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.
CC 214B
Next Steps To Gaining A Global Competitive Edge
Join representatives from the Institute of International Education as they highlight funding opportunities for study, research, internships and English teaching assistantships abroad to help students take the next step in gaining a global competitive edge.
CC 217B
Release Your Inner Nerd: Exclusive For Competitive Edge Members Only!
Meet your nerdy best friend, Beth Ziesenis! She'll share the latest and greatest apps and other online resources to make you more effective at home, work and school.
CC Ballroom A
Scholarship Resume Workshop
You've got skills, but how do you make those skillsets marketable? Explore ways to put your skillset to work for you by creating a scholarship resume to strengthen future scholarship entries and increase the competitiveness of your applications.
CC 213
Supporting Your Phi Theta Kappa Members
Advisors and Administrators learn tips and advice on preparing your students for scholarship applications, quality nomination process for the All-USA program, writing good letters of recommendation/assessments.
CC 214A
Transfer Tips For Surviving Your First Year At The Four-Year
Learn about the transfer experience from transfer students themselves! Get the top 10 transfer tips to help you succeed in your first year of transfer and beyond.
CC 214D