Friday, March 14, 2014

Regional Conference 2014!

by Tishara Reid

      I was thrilled to be among those that attended Phi Theta Kappa’s annual regional conference. This year, the conference was held in Corning, New York. It was truly an awesome experience! At the conference I got a chance to take part in fellowship with students from other chapters, and hear from a host of different admissions officers from institutions such as New York University and Long Island University. Additionally, the conference also had dynamic speakers that opened my eyes to so many new ideas.
    On Saturday morning we had breakout sessions where we were able to go to different workshops that were covering different topics. The workshop I attended was focused on chapter recruitment. The presenters for this workshop were actually chapter officers from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). They did a really phenomenal job and, at first, I was shocked that they were actually students! They spoke so eloquently about the subject matter and this was a true testament of how thoroughly Phi Theta Kappa students develop their interpersonal and speaking abilities. They spoke about different strategies that each chapter could utilize to recruit more members. They emphasized that it in order to recruit and retain members, the chapter should elicit a greater presence around the college. They suggested that a great way to do this would be to have events in which alumni would be given the opportunity to share their experience with new members and encourage them to participate more. Additionally, the speakers at the workshop also suggested ways to ensure that every member is kept in contact with. This can be done through the use of electronic sign in sheets and more frequent emails. During this portion of the session I realized that our chapter was not the only chapter having issues with members writing illegibly on sign in sheets. We also went over various other methods to improve our general meeting experience and how to make our overall chapter more attractive to prospective members.

    In conclusion, the entire regional conference experience was one to remember. I am grateful that I got the opportunity to attend. Not only did I gain knowledge but I met a lot of pretty amazing people!

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