VC honor society students attend regional leadership conference

Victoria College honor society students in the Phi Theta Kappa Zeta Gamma chapter attended their first regional event in Texas earlier this month.

Zeta Gamma Chapter President Jason McClelland, Vice President of Scholarships Laura Banda and Secretary Kathleen Carr were present for the Texas Leadership Conference hosted by Del Mar Community College in Corpus Christi along with faculty advisor and VC math instructor Matt Wiley.

Working under the guidance of the Theta Theta chapter, VC’s Zeta Gamma chapter members assisted with the educational workshop, “How to Write a Winning Entry.”  VC’s students also coordinated an ice breaker to kick off their workshop and created an Action Plan handout for use during the workshop.
“If you asked me a year ago what we’d be able to do with Phi Theta Kappa, I would have never guessed in a million years that it could be as cool as this,” said Carr.

“We’re able to fellowship with like-minded students who think learning is fun. I can’t wait for the International Convention.”

While in Orlando, Wiley met with Austin community college student Garrett Staas who is also the PTK District V Vice President and Dr. Mary Hood, the Texas Region Coordinator, both of whom played a significant role in bringing VC to a more active status in the region.

“The regional members at this conference were all extremely helpful in providing our students with opportunities to make the most of their first regional conference,” said Wiley. “I think the students got a great deal of information and experience out of it and I’m very grateful to Dr. Butler for providing funding so these students could attend this conference.”

VC students also attended a number of other leadership development workshops during the conference, including “Articulating a Vision,” “Empowering Others,” “Guiding Through Conflict,” “Leading with Goals,” “Building a Team” and “Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy.”

“These kinds of opportunities really highlight the benefits of joining student organizations,” said Butler. “In attending this conference, not only did our PTK students get a chance enrich their skills and knowledge and learn things that will serve them for the rest of their lives, but the experience of travel and the opportunity to make connections and build networks often proves incredibly useful as they begin their professional careers.”

by Katy Long, posted Thursday, October 14, 2010

Published: Friday, 12 November 2010

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