Jeff Patterson, 2013 Alabama Region President
I am Jeff Patterson your
2013-2104 President for the Alabama Region and the
Vice President of Leadership for Beta Lambda Delta
(Jefferson State Community College – Shelby campus).
I enjoyed watching the
chapters receive there deserved accolades at
convention. Let’s hear it for all the chapters and
their hard work this past year. A special thank you
to Alpha Eta Lambda (Jefferson Davis Community
College – Brewton campus) is in order for hosting of
the convention. They did an amazing job.
I also enjoyed meeting so many
of you at convention. Since I did not get a chance
to meet everyone, I would like to take a brief
moment to introduce myself. I am currently a
Chemical Engineering student. I plan to go all the
way to PhD and get into the research and development
of green technology. The locations of each step in
the path are not yet decided, though. Like most
community college students, I also work. I tutor,
mainly in math, and I enter data for a hospital
services management group. When I am not working or
studying, I enjoy listening to music, socializing
with friends, working out, and tinkering with
The regional team would like
to remind you of some important upcoming events,
which you will find listed below, and that we are
here to serve. We want every chapter to reach
maximum potential. If we can assist your chapter in
any way, contact your District Vice President or
myself via phone or e-mail.
• 2013 Annual Convention
(April 4-6 at the McEnery Convention Center in San
Jose, CA) http://convention.ptk.org/
• 2013 Honors Institute (June
17-22 at Villanova University in Villanova, PA)
http://www.ptk.org/honors/institute (must be logged
in to access link)
• 2013 District Mock Chapter
events (Two Fridays in July, exact dates to be
• 2013 Regional Honors in
Action Leadership Conference (September 13-14 at the
4-H Conference Center in Columbiana, AL)
• 2014 Regional Convention
(March 7-8 at the Shelby campus of Jefferson State
Community College in Birmingham, AL)
• 2014 Annual Convention
(April 24-26 at the Walt Disney World Swan And
Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL)
Hello Once Again District Two,
I am Gabe Marrero, your 2013-2014 District 2 Vice President and
a new member of the Sigma Lambda Chapter at Calhoun Community
College in Decatur.
I really enjoyed my time at our Regional Convention. It was a
great experience for me, and was my first Convention. From the
opening ceremony, to the roll call skits (which were hilarious),
to the creation of new friendships, I enjoyed every moment of
the weekend. Delivering my speech and hearing speeches from the
other Regional Officer candidates was amazing, and the
karaoke/dance we had were just great times of both high pressure
and extreme fun.
I enjoyed watching the chapters receive their deserved accolades
at convention. For me being a new member, this allowed me to see
what serving my local chapter was about. The hard work put into
the last year by them will continue to be built on over the next
year. A special thank you to Alpha Eta Lambda chapter of
Jefferson Davis Community College of Brewton, Alabama for
throwing our Regional Convention this year. They did an amazing
job, and I still rave about the food I ate while I was there.
Although I did not receive the chance to meet every one of you
from this District, I would like to take a moment for you to get
to know me just a little. I am currently majoring in Social
Sciences for a Secondary Education degree. I do not have a set
plan of where I am transferring to after Calhoun though. Being a
school teacher is not my ultimate plan in life though.
Though I pursue that degree for my undergraduate studies, I plan
to follow a call that God has placed on my life since I was
fifteen years old. I believe that God has called me to be a
preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to someday lead a
church as a pastor. I plan on going to Seminary directly after
receiving my undergraduate degree and pursuing my Masters of
Divinity from either the New Orleans Baptist Seminary in
Louisiana or Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Like
most community college students, I also work. I work at my local
Yogurt Mountain as an Assistant Manager and enjoy the few hours
I get to work there during the week. When I'm not in school or
working, I am usually found hanging out with friends, reading a
good book, or serving my local church in any capacity.
I once again encourage you to please contact me about your
special events this semester, this Summer, or this Fall. I would
love to receive pictures from your Fall and/or Spring Induction
ceremonies and your pictures from our Regional Convention just a
short time ago. The Regional Team would love to have those put
on our website, alptk.com, so that the whole Region can see what
your chapter is up to.
I would like to be a part of your specific chapter’s events such
as Spring and/or Fall Inductions, and I would love to help you
on your upcoming Honors in Action Project or College Projects
over the next year. As this year goes on I want to serve you to
the best of my ability. This year can be the best the Alabama
Region has ever seen if you, local chapters, have an active role
in what we are doing over the next year. Your input is vital for
our Region to succeed and to reach our goals.
The Regional Team would like to remind you of some important
upcoming events, which you will find listed below. We want every
chapter to reach maximum potential. If we can assist your
chapter in any way, contact me by sending a text, an e-mail, or
giving me a call.
Regional Vice President, District Two
Calhoun Community College
VICE PRESIDENT, DISTRICT 2
Gabe Marrero, Sigma Lambda
Calhoun Community College
||Beta Lambda Delta
||Birmingham, Shelby Campus
||Birmingham, North Campus
||Alpha Epsilon Iota
||Beta Gamma Beta
||Alpha Theta Rho
Regional Goals and Strategies 2012
70% of chapters participate in the Regional Honors in Action
Theme 8, "Making the Grade: Competition and Education."
Research question: To what extent is lack of education one of the
root causes of poverty? Collaboration partner: Alabama Possible
(alabamapossible.org) Chapters are encouraged to participate by:
serving on the Regional research team. Each chapter may nominate one
member to serve on the research team. Chapters attending Mock
Chapter and the Leadership Conference will have opportunities to
participate in the project. A panel discussion of findings will be
held during the Regional Leadership Conference; panel members will
be selected from contributing chapters by the Regional Coordinator.
Email research contributions to:
by August 24, 2012 for your chapter’s research to be included in the
project. Contributing chapters and panel members will be recognized
at 2013 Regional Convention..
70% of chapters increase chapter
membership by 10%.
a. Conduct phone-a-thons one week prior to inductions to
encourage membership acceptance.
b. Employ a meet-and-greet event (with refreshments) to
encourage membership acceptance.
c. Hold a second-chance membership drive after induction.
d. Post on bulletin boards students who have been invited to
join, and students who have joined.
e. Give membership benefit information on college website.
f. Show promotional video at freshman orientations, Phi Theta
Kappa meetings or other events.
g. Increase visibility through social networking.
70% of chapters submit entries for the Hallmark Awards.
a. Provide educational opportunities for members and advisors
at Regional events.
b. Partner with other chapters to encourage participation.
70%of chapters represented at Regional
and/or International events (2012 District Mock Chapter,
Regional Honors in Action Leadership Conference, Regional
Convention; 2012 Annual Convention, Honors Institute).
90% of chapters collaborate with
other chapters, student organizations, and/or community partners for
College Projects and Honors in Action Projects.
a. Chapters encouraged to develop chapter partnerships during
District Mock Chapters and Regional Leadership Conference
b. Personal contacts by Regional Officers to suggest and
70% of chapters send news and/or pictures (for
Regional Website at least once per semester) to their District
a. Get contact information for the person in charge of media
b. Create a Facebook page for each district to provide a
media outlet for pictures.
60% of chapters reach at least 3 in the 5 Star Chapter
a. Display 5 Star Chapter Development Plan posters at chapter
meetings or in the Phi Theta Kappa office area.
b. Advisor or Chapter President submits final update form for
5 Star before December 31, 2012.
60% of chapters have officers and/or members enrolled in
Competitive Edge program.
a. Advisors provide enrollment information and incentives to
b. Chapter Officers commit to participate in the program.
c. Chapter Officers send link to tutorial to members and
provide information during meetings.
d. Recognize and reward participating students at Chapter
70% of chapters participate in
Community College Completion Corps program (C4).
a. Chapters use C4 Toolkit materials received from
Headquarters by Advisors; hold a signing event on campus.
b. Partner with college administration to improve graduation
rates through college success initiatives
c. Develop college access initiatives (such as the Alabama
Possible’s "Blueprints") mentoring students from area schools
d. Raise money for the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion
scholarship (chapters participating in this program will be
recognized at Regional Convention chapters raising the most money
will receive special recognition)
70% of chapters publicize the Phi Theta Kappa Mission
Statement through use on social media, posters, meeting
agendas, event programs, letters, emails and other written
Greetings from Ryan Lake:
Greetings Alabama Region,
The Fall Common Application is now open! I encourage those students
who have not already logged into my.ptk.org to begin working on the
application. The pool for these scholarships is very small because
only members can apply so you have a much higher chance of being
selected. These scholarships are for both transferring and your time
spent at the two year college so there's a scholarship for everyone
in the common app. You will need your PTK login information. If you
have forgotten this information , go to www.ptk.org and click on
login and you will have the option to send the information to your
It's my pleasure to announce Completion Week for Division II will be
February 4th through the 8th.I strongly encourage your chapter to
begin picking a target location for your event. Will you choose your
own campus , or will you choose a local high school near you?
Whatever location you choose , remember to get everyone involved.
Speak with faculty to ensure their attendance at the event , and if
they're unable to attend, be sure to get their signatures first.
Students will respond to instructors who are committed to their
success. Be sure to contact your local paper and television station
as education is a hot topic right now. This is your opportunity to
highlight your campus and your chapter. Last, but certainly not
least, hold on to your records. Every completion card filled out and
every signature taken is part of our grand experiment. We'll be
comparing this information with the graduation rosters to find out
how many of those who committed to completing finished their degree.
We're planning to then prepare a report to release to the media and
the scientific community.
To help chapters this semester and beyond, the Division II Team and
I are preparing a handbook to help jump start and improve membership
acceptance and involvement. These materials will be ready by the end
of October but will likely be made available earlier in the month.
As your membership campaigns come to a close, I encourage you to
contact me to help you plan your Inductions. I've had the pleasure
of planning several Inductions in which new members said that it
fired them up for participation in our programming. Lastly, I'm open
to traveling to give speeches at inductions and chapter events. I
can also do digital appearances either live or pre-recorded. I
encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to have an
International Officer speak to your chapter as it has a tendency to
In relation to fundraising for the Obendorf, Division II has pledged
$40,000 to aid our International effort. We will be distributing
information on four no-upfront-cost fundraisers during the 10th of
October to Chapter Presidents and Advisors. These fundraiser are
very easy to accomplish, and the third party site we use to complete
them provides logistical tools to help you promote selling. We
strongly encourage participation in these fundraisers to do our part
with the other divisions to meet the second challenge with which Lou
Obendorf has tasked us.
Thank you for taking the time to read my update, and I hope you have
a successful month of October!
Ryan A. Lake
International Vice President of Division II
Phi Theta Kappa
Ryan A. Lake
Phi Theta Kappa
International Vice President of Division II