We are so happy that you are a part of the Alabama Region!

If there is anything we can do
to help you have a more successful year, please don't hesitate to contact us!

We would love to hear from you all. Contact information for members of the
Regional Team is available on the
 Regional Team page.

Hello Alabama Region!
Congratulations to all of our distinguished members, officers, officer teams, advisors, and chapters recognized at Annual (International) Convention in Orlando! I am so proud to have the honor to be called your Regional President.

Cheyene Higdon

You all worked hard to achieve your Five Star goals, and every chapter's accomplishment played a part in our overall success as a Region. Once again, for the second year in a row, the Alabama Region was chosen as one of the three Distinguished Regions in the world! This award could not have been achieved without the help and support of our excellent members and advisors. Your participation in achieving our regional goals was the deciding factor in our success as a Region. If we are named as a Distinguished Region again next year, we will receive the Continued Excellence Award. We will present the 2014 Regional Goals soon, so we can all get started on another successful year. Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Regional Officer Team for the excellent job they did to lead, support, and encourage our chapters.

President - Jeff Patterson
District 1 VP - John Clements
District 2 VP - Gabe Marrero
District 3 VP - Laura Tidmore

They were an outstanding Regional Team, and I hope that with your support, our team can become as amazing as theirs.

We are all about to start on a new journey as we begin to explore our new Honors Study Topic: "Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration." Our roadmap is contained in the Honors in Action Program Guide. The Guide is designed to help us develop our Honors in Action projects the way it was intended: First, research -- THEN action. The Guide's format will help you to actually do the research first, and not just find research to back up the action you have already planned. I know this is difficult. At our Regional Officer Retreat last week we started to work on the Regional Honors in Action Project. I'm not going to lie, I felt like we were never going to settle on a theme, but then finally it clicked, and we all agreed on a theme that would allow the whole Region to participate. I am excited to announce the 2014 Regional Honors in Action Project will be on Theme 4: Exploring the Natural Environment! Our research question is "In what ways do environmental factors affect poverty?"

This brings me to a very important leadership opportunity for you chapter. We would like for you to select one member to represent your chapter on the Regional Research Team. This person can be a chapter officer or an active member. Research Team members will have a leadership role at the 2014 Regional Honors in Action Leadership Conference in September. The team members and their chapters will be recognized at the 2015 Regional Convention. We have selected some initial research materials for the team members, and will welcome additional sources. We are planning a Research Team meeting at the Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi in August, and encourage your advisors and officers to attend. We will send more information on the trip as soon as we confirm a date.
Please email me contact information (name, email, phone number) as soon as your Research Team member is selected.

As we start on this new journey, many challenges await. We have to juggle school, work, Phi Theta Kappa, a social life, and some of us have to add kids and other family responsibilities into that mix. It is okay to recognize that you can't to it all. Let me clarify, I'm not saying to stop doing stuff, I'm saying that it is okay to ask for help sometimes. We're all human and we all need help.

Just know that there are people in your chapter willing to help if you will give them a specific task. And the Regional Team is also here to help you whenever we can. We are all just an email/text/phone call away. Feel free to contact us anytime for help or just if you have a question. If there is anything the other regional officers or I can do to help with your projects, do not hesitate to ask.

We would like to see even more from the Alabama Region called up on the stage for even more awards next year in San Antonio!

I look forward to hearing from all of you soon!

Cheyenne Higdon
Alabama Regional President
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
VP of Leadership - Sigma Lambda Chapter
Calhoun Community College

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Alabama Region
Mission Statement

"The purpose of the Alabama region shall be to provide a means through which its chapters may achieve the goals and purposes of the International Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Alabama chapters shall promote participation in international and regional activities, enhance development in the four hallmarks, promote teamwork and foster understanding among all chapters and members within the region."


The Purpose of Phi Theta Kappa

"The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence." ~www.ptk.org

District 3 Mock Chapter
Hosted by:
Enterprise State Community College
Enterprise, Alabama

Phi Upsilon - Alabama Southern CC
Pictured above is the Phi Upsilon Chapter from
Alabama Southern Community College

District 3 Mock Chapter

Students and Advisors represented from:
Omega Beta, Wallace Community College, Dothan
Alpha Beta Eta, L.B. Wallace Community College, Andalusia
Alpha Eta Lambda, Jefferson Davis Community College
Phi Upsilon, Alabama Southern Community College
Omicron Kappa, Marion Institute
Tau Mu, Enterprise State Community College

Honors Institute 2014
Washington University,
St. Louis, MO

Honors Institute 2014

Colleges represented above are:
Northwest-Shoals CC (Alpha Sigma Beta and Alpha Zeta Iota)
Alabama Southern CC (Phi Upsilon)
Calhoun CC (Sigma Lambda)
Enterprise CC (Tau Mu),
Jefferson State CC (Beta Lambda Delta),
Shelton StateCC (Alpha Epsilon Iota)
Wallace CC (Alpha Eta Tau)

Advisors attending: Kevin Windham, Rebecca Davis,
Jacqueline Jefferys, Desiree South, Rachel Trapp,
Pam Peters, Nora Lee, Liesl Harris, Melinda Byrd-Murphy,
Lee Conerly, Matt Boehm, Ragan Chastain,
and Kristi Peters.

Members attending: Natalia Aranda, Walker Davis,
Sara Hogue, Michelle Spears, Andrew Davis,
Vickie Murphy, Adriane Waldrep, Dyllan Bailey,
Markisha Spearman, Hollie Brown, Lauren Fields,
Patrick Milam, Jeremy Milam, Christopher Pattillo,
Michael Newton, Cody Dukes, Elizabeth Harding,
Jena Stewart, Cheyenne Higdon, Jena Freese, and
Jayde Scott.

Pi Pi Jefferson State CC

Pi Pi Chapter, Jefferson State Community College

Congratulations Alabama Region!

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Chapter Awards
Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award
Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter,
Northwest-Shoals Community College,
Phil Campbell Campus

Distinguished Chapter Award
Sigma Lambda Chapter,
Calhoun Community College

Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award
Psi Epsilon Chapter,
Northeast Alabama Community College

Region Awards
Distinguished Regional Officer Team Award
John Clements
Gabe Merrero
Laura Tidmore
Jeff Patterson

Regional Coordinator Emeritus Award
Dr. Humphrey Lee

Distinguished Region Award
The Alabama Region

Administrator Awards
Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction
Dr. Marilyn Beck, President,
Calhoun Community College

Dr. David Campbell, President,
Northeast Alabama Community College

Dr. Robert Exeley, President,
Snead State Community College

Alumni Awards
Alumni Association Award of Merit
Athens State University Alumni Association

Outstanding University-Based Alumni Association
Athens State University Alumni Association

Alumni Award of Appreciation
Ruby Sakyi-Addo,
Nominated by the Sigma Lambda Chapter
Calhoun Community College

Hannah Kilpatrick,
Nominated by the Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter,
Northwest-Shoals Community College

Ruby De La Peña,
Nominated by the Alabama Region

Advisor Awards
Paragon Award for New Advisors
Lee Conerly,
Phi Upsilon Chapter,
Alabama Southern Community College

Kristi Peters,
Tau Mu Chapter,
Enterprise State Community College

Distinguished Advisor Award
Necia Nicholas,
Sigma Lambda Chapter,
Calhoun Community College

Continued Excellence Award for Advisors
Melinda Byrd-Murphy,
Phi Upsilon Chapter,
Alabama Southern Community College

Lena Dexter,
Pi Psi Chapter,
Faulkner State Community College

Heather Owen,
Alpha Beta Eta Chapter,
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (Andalusia)

Victoria Perry,
Alpha Epsilon Nu Chapter,
Bishop State Community College

Chapter Member/Officer Awards
Distinguished Member Award
JeNyia Rocker,
Alpha Epsilon Nu Chapter,
Bishop State Community College

Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award
Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter,
Northwest-Shoals Community College,
Phil Campbell

Beta Lambda Delta Chapter,
Jefferson State Community College,
Shelby/Hoover campus

Phi Upsilon Chapter,
Alabama Southern Community College

Top 100 Chapters

Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter,
Northwest-Shoals Community College,
Phil Campbell

Phi Upsilon Chapter,
Alabama Southern Community College

Pi Psi Chapter,
Faulkner State Community College

Psi Epsilon Chapter,
Northeast Alabama Community College

Sigma Lambda Chapter,
Calhoun Community College

2014 Alabama Region's
Most Distinguished Chapter

Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter

Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter
Northwest-Shoals Community College
Phil Campbell campus
First Finalist: Sigma Lambda Chapter
Calhoun Community College
Second Finalist: Phi Upsilon Chapter
Alabama Southern Community College
Third Finalist: Psi Epsilon Chapter
Northeast Alabama Community College
Fourth Finalist: Pi Psi Chapter
Faulkner State Community College
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