Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) recently held their 101st National Catalyst Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.More than 3,775 people and over 600 of the 1,300 total chapters gathered to celebrate PTK’s mission—to recognize the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.
At the Convention, PTK presents Hallmark Awards to members, advisors, college presidents, administrators, alumni, chapters, and regional leaders for outstanding achievements over the past year.
Five students, two advisors, and one alumni member from Mid Michigan College’s PTK Chapter attended the Catalyst Convention.
Mid Michigan College’s PTK Chapter was recognized for achieving and maintaining a 5 Star status—the highest level of development for a chapter based on the attainment of goals set by chapter members.
Mid’s PTK Chapter President, Myles Conroy, was one of three students that pursued the PTK leadership role of International Vice President in Division 3.Serene Newby, Vice President of History and Recording for Mid’s PTK Chapter, served as Conroy’s campaign manager.
Conroy’s campaign, #Labelmeptk, was based on PTK’s 2018-2019 Honors Study Topic, Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change. He asked students from around the world to share their backgrounds and/or label at his campaign booth during the Catalyst Convention.
“Inclusion and diversity are very important to me. We all come from different backgrounds and should all feel valued as unique individuals. I wanted my campaign to reflect that,” noted Conroy.
At PTK’s Catalyst Convention, students were able to see inspirational speakers like Social Media Influencer, Mel Robbins, and celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson. Henderson is the star of Flip My Food and author of If You Can See It, You Can Be It.Henderson shared stories of his journey from the streets of South Central Los Angeles, to life as an imprisoned drug dealer, and finally, to the kitchen.
“From inspiring speakers to diverse crowds of student leaders, PTK Catalyst 2019 was a sight and experience our students will not forget! At the opening ceremony, PTK members from all over the United States and more than 10 sovereign nations including Canada, Guam, Germany, and Jamaica were in attendance. Mid students were able to learn many new strategies and ideas that will inspire the future of Mid’s PTK Chapter,” shared Tammy Alvaro, PTK Advisor and Director of Student Advancement at Mid.