Regional Projects

REGIONAL PROJECTS - 2018

For those chapters who wish to complete additional projects beyond those recognized at the International level (HIA & College Project) and compete for the region's Most Distinguished Chapter award, the following five projects are offered:

2018 Nevada California Region Projects are supervised by the 2018-19 Regional Board:

PRESIDENT: NICHOLAS IBARRA

COMMUNICATIONS VICE PRESIDENT: BETINA RUBIO

WEBMASTER VICE PRESIDENT: KRISTINA BELANTES

NEVADA DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT: VACANT

NORTHEAST DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT: FATIATAMAI FOLAU

NORTHWEST DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT: PREETHI RAVICHANDRAN

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT: LIZETH LOPEZ

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT: VACANT


I Chapters United:

A Fresh Perspective

This popular and highly successful project returns for the 2017 regional projects. This project promotes cooperation, friendship, and work ethic of the Nevada/California chapters. . The objective of this project is to reach out and actively work with other chapters in the region, therefore sharing a wealth of information and strengthening communication within our Phi Theta Kappa community. 

To be successful with this project:

  • There must be a minimum of two (2) chapters working together

  • Specify there was clear communication (emails, in person, teleconferences, etc.) between chapters

  • Have fun and maintain communication with your partner chapter after the project ends

A. Community Service

This project provides an opportunity for chapter representatives to get to know each other while working on a meaningful project for a community of their choice.

Some ideas to get your chapter started:

You are not limited to these ideas by any means but they can perhaps be used to jumpstart the brainstorming process. On the same note, you are more than welcome to use one if it fits your chapter.

  • Wounded Warrior Project: Every year, the Wounded Warrior Project collects Christmas cards, decorations and gifts for the injured heroes being taken care of at Balboa Naval Medical Center and new this year, Camp Pendleton’s Wounded Warrior barracks. Chapters may conduct drives to receive these items while also expanding it to set a day in which they personally deliver the cards and gifts and decorate the floors with the decorations. If you do not have a military base in your vicinity, feel free to perhaps visit a pediatrics or oncology ward or local soup kitchen.

  • Get your local chapters together and participate in an already established activity such as “Hands Across California” sponsored by an outside organization


B. Chapter Development

This project encourages a well-established and active chapter to inspire and work with another chapter in your district (or beyond) that may be overcoming challenges,  is recently re-engaged as an active chapter, or have not been active in the past.

Some ideas to get your chapter started:

You are not limited to these ideas by any means but they can perhaps be used to jumpstart the brainstorming process. On the same note, you are more than welcome to use one idea that best suits your chapter.

  • Campus Event: Perhaps your chapter coordinates an event or activity on campus that would be helpful to a re-engaged chapter. Invite other chapter(s) to help you coordinate the campus project while sharing the vital information needed to strengthen the re-engaged chapter's goals toward success.
  • Pizza Night with a Regional Officer: Regional officers will be your biggest fans in helping and supporting chapters that are either having difficulties completing a project or wish to be more involved in the Phi Theta Kappa community. Officers will provide a wealth of information, motivation, and inspiration to support both a well-established chapter and a re-engaged chapter.
  • Participating in an Outreach to Chapter Presidents Conference Call: Regional President Kristine Lowe coordinates an Outreach to Chapter Presidents Conference Call per academic term. This conference call enables Chapter Presidents (and advisors) to expand their communication network and get the advice they need when one has to make "the tough calls." Special attention is paid to chapters that are overcoming challenges and connecting them with a well-established chapter.

Send documentation to: Kristina Belantes


II Make A Difference Day:

One Day a Year to Lend a Hand

Make A Difference Day is an annual day of community service, held on the fourth Saturday of October. There is a national Make-a-Difference-Day Organization, from which this concept derives. Projects usually occur on that day; however, it is also acceptable for a chapter’s project to span several days or even occur on a nearby date (say, within a week of that 4th Saturday). All chapters are encouraged to participate, as not only is it a rewarding day of service, but also of fellowship. The activity that can be done is open to each chapter’s prerogative; the day can be whatever your members make of it.

 To be successful with this project:

  • Must document the who, what, where, when and how of the event

  • Be creative, and be aware of the needs of the community

 Some possible differences your chapter can make:

You are not limited to these ideas by any means but they can perhaps be used to jumpstart the brainstorming process. On the same note, you are more than welcome to use one if it fits your chapter.

  • Food drive- collect food on campus and through the local community and deliver it to a shelter that day. Then, stay to help out.

  • Help clean a state park

  • Raise funds to build a new playground for children

  • Take part in a shore cleanup day, whether it’s along the ocean, a local river, lake, creek, or pond

Send documentation to: Betina Rubio
 


III Founders Day:

Honoring the Founding of Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa observes its birthday on Founders Day which is November 19. Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918 by presidents of two-year colleges in Missouri. The founders were seeking to recognize scholastic achievement by their students, and to establish a common purpose and standard for honors organizations on their respective campuses. The founders chose to model their new Society after the prestigious senior honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. The name "Phi Theta Kappa" was taken from the initial letters of the three Greek words meaning "wisdom," "aspiration" and "purity." By 1929, Phi Theta Kappa was officially recognized by the American Association of Junior Colleges; and November 19 is traditionally observed as the Society's Founders Day.

 To be successful with this project:

  • Must document the who, what, where, when and how of the event

  • Be creative and attach a photo on how Founders Day was celebrated on your campus

Some ideas to get your chapter started:

You are not limited to these ideas by any means, but they can perhaps be used to jumpstart the brainstorming process. Also refer to ideas listed onhttps://www.ptk.org/events/founders-day, and select an activity that suits your chapter.  

  • Happy Birthday to Phi Theta Kappa: Stage a campus party! Your chapter might put up a display about the organization in a high traffic area and serve ice cream, cake, or popcorn to students passing by. The celebration encourages fellowship activities within the campus community.
  • Gift Basket: Send a flower or fruit basket to your college president's office with a note explaining the special significance of Founders Day. This will draw attention to the organization and what it does for the campus.
  • Fashion Statement: Declare November 19 "Phi Theta Kappa Day" on campus. Ask all members to wear their Phi Theta Kappa t-shirts, hats, pins, and other apparel to school.
  • High School Outreach Invite a local middle school or high school class to a special chapter meeting or campus event and speak to them about preparing for college. Be sure to explain how membership in Phi Theta Kappa could help them achieve transfer scholarships and give them an edge with prospective employers.

Send documentation to: Nicholas Ibarra


IV Regional Honors In Action

Exploring and Expanding Your Most Important Frontier – You – With ΦΘΚ

Explore and Expand Your Most Important Frontier—You—with ΦΘΚ, was created as the region's first Honors in Action project to establish a foundation for which chapter participants can easily follow and complete as well as work within the context of this year's Honors Topic: Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.

Participating in this project will satisfy a number of objectives. First, this project will encourage and promote college completion as well as personal growth and development success within your chapter and campus community. Second, project completion will help satisfy your chapter's fourth level of the Five Star Development Plan. And third, individual members completing their Competitive Edge program can also discuss their participation with this Honors in Action project and the personal enrichment this project engenders in their respective program.

This Regional Honors in Action (RHiA) involves completion of three challenges:

C4 Challenge: The first challenge is to encourage your chapter to electronically sign up and commit to completing their college education as part of the Community College Completion Corps (C4) campaign. Phi Theta Kappa and non-Phi Theta Kappa students are invited to participate in this challenge.

CollegeFish Challenge: The second challenge is to encourage members and non-Phi Theta Kappa members to register in CollegeFish. The challenge will require your chapter to actively outreach to your  respective college community.

Competitive Edge Completion: The final challenge is to encourage Phi Theta Kappa members to complete the first level of the Competitive Edge program. Competitive Edge provides insight into a student's knowledge of one's own leadership strengths that will eventually lead to academic and career goals achievement.

 To be successful with this project:

  • Please document the who, what, where, when and how of the event or events

  • Attach a photo or photos on how your chapter's C4, CollegeFish and Competitive Edge challenges were conducted on your campus

Some ideas to get your chapter started:

You are not limited to these ideas by any means, but they can perhaps be used to jumpstart the brainstorming process.

  • Schedule your event(s) on your campus during a Phi Theta Kappa Awareness Week - posted by Headquarters throughout the year
  • Schedule your event on your campus within the first weeks of the new academic term
  • Devote at least one chapter meeting to conduct this project. Both members and non-members are encouraged to attend the meeting(s).

Send documentation to: Lizeth Lopez

 


V Community Project

Phi Theta Kappans Love Service

We know Phi Theta Kappans like to get involved and help within their communities. The region would like to recognize the service that our members do to enrich their college and community. In the spirit of community service, we have provided multiple options for your chapters to choose from so you can cater to your community.

To be successful with these projects:

  • Must document the who, what,where, when and how of the event

  • Be creative

A.  Give A Little

This project started with the idea that chapters could organize blood drives in their community and grew from there. With the hopes of bringing community organizations and the chapters together in working to inform, prepare, and motivate those in the community to be prepared no matter what the emergency may be, this project is aimed at helping both locally and abroad. By being prepared, if a disaster strikes, a family can begin to rebuild and get their lives back.

Some ideas to get your chapter started:

You are not limited by these ideas by any means but they can perhaps be used to jumpstart the brainstorming process. On the same note, you are more than welcome to use one if it fits your chapter.

  • Plan a blood drive with the Red Cross
  • Hold a class to help people become certified in First Aid
  • Conduct an “emergency kit” drive in which you collect all things needed for an individual emergency and put them together, and teach others what it should contain
  • Have speakers come from local agencies to help educate students about what to do if a disaster takes place
  • Develop a pamphlet filled with useful phone numbers, information, checklists, and perhaps a place for individuals or families to develop their own disaster plan

B.  Create Your Own

Don’t like any of these? Have an idea of your own? Do it! Are these projects not what you would like to see your chapter do? Then come up with your own or build on and improve a successful one that you have used in the past. We encourage you to be creative, have fun and use the knowledge of your chapter, college, and community to benefit. Good luck!

Some ideas to get your chapter started:

You are not limited to these ideas by any means but they can perhaps be used to jumpstart the brainstorming process. On the same note, you are welcome to use one if it fits your chapter.

•      Conduct a fundraiser to support a local or worldwide organization

•      Have a child’s book collection and give them to a local library, child care center, or woman’s shelter

•      Contact the state and clean a section of local highway


Send documentation to: Fatiatamai Folau


VI Financial Literacy

Education in a Financial Context

Many students attend college without having the full knowledge of what it takes to pay for college, nor how to maneuver through the financial aid application process, nor understanding the long-term financial cost of borrowing money. The objective of this project is for a chapter to host one or more financial education forums for students, most desirably in conjunction with the college’s Financial Aid Office; help students find the resources to pay for their education; explain the cost of borrowing money.

Some ideas to get your chapter started:

You are not limited to these ideas by any means but they can perhaps be used to jumpstart the brainstorming process. On the same note, you are more than welcome to use one if it fits your chapter’s plan.

▪ Develop a FAFSA Mentoring program for students

▪ Give a presentation on internet searches for college loans & scholarships

▪ Conduct a financial aid seminar at eitheryour college or local high school(s)

▪ Develop a pamphlet filled with financialinformation useful to high school and college students

 

To be successful with this project:

▪ Must document the who, what, where, when and how of the event

▪ Work with your college Financial Office (a key goal)

Send documentation to: Preethi Ravichandran