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Silver & Gold Phi Theta Kappa Nevada/California Region Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 11

February 2012

2012 SPRING CONVENTION Chapters, have you sent in your registration yet? We do hope so. Also, if you have been considering running for regional office (I know you have!), the final date to declare your candidacy is February 6. Please visit the website and fill out the registration form to attend as well as declare your candidacy. The convention will be an educational weekend filled with elections, awards and plenty of fun. We want to see representatives from all of the chapters. If your chapter has never attended or it has been at least three years, please email your district vice president about the potential for a scholarship to attend. If you have not sent in your registration or intent for candidacy, do it today! Time is running out and you do not want to miss out on these opportunities!

CULTURE OF COMPETITION: 2012-2013 HIA TOPIC The Democratization of Information is behind us as Phi Theta Kappa introduces the latest Honors In Action topic, The Culture of Competition. Follow these helpful steps, provided by Phi Theta Kappa, to reach your chapter goals through Honors in Action. 

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Read the Honors Program Guide and choose a theme. This guide can be obtained at Develop objectives related to the research of the Honors Study Topic. Consider choosing more than one question to pursue Research the Theme Develop objectives based on the research done by your chapter Develop a project plan and objectives Carry out the plan. Evaluate and make adjustments, assess the results and consider possibilities Write the results to be considered for Hallmark Awards

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Spring Convention, HIA Topic Wanted, Member Spotlight, Chapter Happenings Calendar, Facebook Summer Reading, Chapter Happenings Movie Night, Contributors,,

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A growing organization is looking for detail-oriented individuals with strong communication skills. The ideal candidates for this high visibility position would be responsible college students, compelling public speakers and at ease in a team environment. Candidates for this position must: • Be a current Phi Theta Kappa member in good standing • Have a strong knowledge of Phi Theta Kappa and its opportunities Responsibilities include: • Consistent communication with the district chapters • Facilitate conferences • Assist in the building/rebuilding of chapters • Prepare educational sessions • Potentially track and award certificates for regional project participants

If you are interested in running for regional office, two emails must be sent to Charlie Klein at The first should be from you (the candidate) and contain the following information. ~Your name ~Your email address ~Your college & chapter name, and district ~The office, which you seek (PRES, SCTY, NVVP (Nevada VP), NEVP (NorthEast VP), NWVP (NorthWest VP), SEVP (SouthEast VP), SWVP (SouthWest VP)) ~You should include a candidate's statement that should be about 250 words, equivalent to no more than one page, one and one-half or double-spaced, one inch margins all around, and a minimum of 10 point font (reckless editing will ensue if your statement runs outside of these limits). ~Save your statement in the following named format POSITIONName.doc using a code shown above (as in NVVPYourName.doc please do not use .docx format).

If you think this is an opportunity you would like to take, please visit Any further questions, contact the current vice presidents. You can find their emails at

REGIONAL BOARD ELECTIONS (CONT’D) The second email is to come from your chapter advisor verifying that you are a member in good standing (your advisor received an email from me explaining his/her role in this process), but you need to request this email directly from your chapter advisor. Both of these emails and your candidate statement must be received by me by midnight (11:59 p.m.) Sunday on Feb. 5, 2012. All candidates MUST ATTEND a Candidates Forum held on Friday, March 9, which begins promptly at 3 PM (lasting for about an hour; hotel room to be announced later). Here we will review a number of procedures that will be followed during the election process, as well as answer questions you might have. Make appropriate travel plans so that you arrive at the hotel in time for this meeting. As a candidate, you may have a campaign manager, and any other support staff you might need. If you want to have a display board (perhaps a "science tri-fold" no larger than 4 ft by 3 ft.), it must fit on half of a standard 6-foot-long table, not on any floor-mounted stand-alone easel, as two candidates will likely share the same table. You may also display any other campaign literature, even “goodies” (flyers, monogrammed pencils, candy, etc.) you may want to distribute to convention attendees. It is the intent to have candidates' tables available for you either in or outside the General Session room. Silver & Gold 2

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Regional Board Candidacy February 6: Deadline to declare candidacy International Office Candidacy February 29: Deadline to declare candidacy Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship Application Dates February 1st – April 1st Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Application Dates February 1st – April 1st GEICO Business Student Scholarship Application Dates February 1st – April 1st

Word of the Month Altruistic: unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others.* *

LOOK WHO’S ON FACEBOOK… Looking for other ways to get a hold of the regional board or stay on top of what is going on within the region? Find the region on Facebook by searching for: Nvca Region Ptk or Suggest friends for the page and spread the word! The page is checked regularly and will allow you to be in direct contact with your regional board! Hope to see you there soon!

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COMPETITIVE EDGE You have proven yourself academically. You offer your time to help in your community and work toward building your leadership skills, but there are small gaps you would like to fill. Competitive Edge is a comprehensive program developed by Phi Theta Kappa to build on your soft skill set. The professional development plan will help you build your mastery of communication, develop new team building techniques and hone your critical thinking abilities, among others. The site will assist you in building a portfolio of your accomplishments in which you can allow potential employers and colleges or universities look through, as well as those who are writing letters of recommendation. You can even follow the step by step instructions and create a professional resume that will put you a step above your competition. Start your Competitive Edge voyage today by logging in to using your Phi Theta Kappa username and password. Advisors, you may access using your PAM login.

Quote of the Month The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. ~Henry David Thoreau Read more: 1fAlCewPG

2012 Awards Packet The term current year refers to the time period from January 1 to December 31, 2011. The term good standing means that an individual or chapter has paid all chapter, regional and/or international dues. To be eligible for an individual award, a nominee, author, or artist, must be a member, in good standing, of a Phi Theta Kappa chapter. To be eligible for a chapter award, the chapter must be in good standing. Each nominee must submit an appropriate entry form with original signatures (no photocopies of signatures) of both the advisor and chapter president, and individual applicant, if necessary. Entry forms for all Regional awards, with the exception of the Yearbook, Art, Travel/Participation Awards, must be submitted directly to the Nevada/California Regional Coordinator by the entry deadline. The deadline for receipt of regional awards entries by the Regional Coordinator is Wednesday February 1, 2012

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COLLEGEFISH.ORG Are you transferring to a four-year college or university? Do you feel like you are drowning in information, or possibly the lack thereof? Allow Phi Theta Kappa and to help in all your transfer needs. A free service available to all students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will help you navigate the sometimes murky transfer waters. To create and access your account, visit and follow the steps for a new login using your Phi Theta Kappa login and password. From here you can easily navigate through a multitude schools and a plethora of scholarships. The site will offer a "to do" list and give you a list of dates in order to keep you on track for a successful transfer. Check it out today and keep swimming toward your future!

SHORT MESSAGE FROM NE VP JUSTIN MARGOLIS Hey everyone, I just wanted to thank all of you out there that allowed me to work with you over the course of last semester. I had a fantastic time and met many awesome people. Now that we are in a new semester and chapters are planning out the coming monthâ€&#x;s activities, please let me know if there is any way that I can be of assistance to your chapter. If there is a meeting or an induction, or an officer training day that I can be a part of, please do not hesitate to ask. I am looking forward to some more good times in the future with some great people. „Til next time........... Justin

CONTRIBUTORS SHAUNA KEARNS As your regional secretary, I am always here if you have anything you want to share with the region. I hope you have enjoyed this issue and if you have any ideas, please contact me directly at

YOU, THE REGION Thank you for taking the time to read this and I encourage you to share what is going on with your chapter and members as I want to fill these pages with all of the incredible work our region does!

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Silver and Gold Newsletter  

February 2012 newsletter for the NVCA Region of Phi Theta Kappa

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