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Hallmark Season Is Here

It is finally Hallmarks season everyone! Now is the perfect time to get together with the chapter and reflect on all your hard work, dedication, and teamwork. Your achievements deserve to be recognized at both the regional and international level. With finals drawing to a close, it’s time to take all your chapter’s planning, events, projects, research, collaborations and so forth and write award-winning write-ups. Here are some tips for writing outstanding Hallmark entries.

Introducing - the new Illinois Regional Coordinator - Adrienne Barkley Giffin!

Hey there, Illinois! Tori Ladd, Southern District Representative here with an exciting interview! I recently sat down with new Illinois Regional Coordinator, Adrienne Barkley Giffin, to talk about what led her to this point, her goals for the region, things to look out for in the future, and just some plain old fun facts!
Social Media: The Top 3 Social Media Platforms That You Should Be Using?

Social Media: The Top 3 Social Media Platforms That You Should Be Using?

Did you know that 90% of young adults (18-29) use this form of social media according to research performed by the Pew Research Center 2015? With statistics like this you should focus more on posting on this communication platform. Facebook is more than just staying connected with friends and family, in fact, you can use this communication medium to promote yourself or your business.
Annual Illinois Regional Convention

Annual Illinois Regional Convention

Next week is the annual Illinois Regional Convention – June 1-3, 2018. This year it will be held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL and College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. The alumni have a full slate of activities and we would love it if you could attend. All weekend we will be selling raffle tickets for a painting from Katrina Case-Soper, a fellow PTK alumna. Tickets are $2/each or 3 for $5. The proceeds will benefit IRAA and HQ’s Golden Opportunity Scholarship Fund.
PTK Catalyst 2018 Recap

PTK Catalyst 2018 Recap

It’s been exactly one month since PTK Catalyst 2018 wrapped up, and people are still talking about it. If you ask me, Catalyst 2018 was one of the most fun International Conventions we have had in a long time! Catalyst this year featured plenty of the usual, including great education forums, phenomenal speakers (Susan Cain, Amy Cuddy and the wildly entertaining Daveed Diggs), Hallmark Awards (man oh man the awards!!) and convention competitions. However, this year also included a number of special events and programming, in celebration of Phi Theta Kappa’s 100th anniversary.
Traveling Tips for Work and Personal

Traveling Tips for Work and Personal

I have been traveling for my job for over a year now, and it involves either driving or flying. I want to share some of the tips and practices I use when traveling for my job, in the hopes that it may help you, as well. I will go down a list with some things that I would recommend for travel - whether for work or personal reasons.