The 2012 Regional Officers of the Mississippi/Louisiana Region recently held their annual strategic planning meeting at the Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi, discussing their goals for the upcoming year.
2012 MS/LA Regional Officers: from left, Ashley Norwood, Secretary; Will Gatlin, Southern District Representative; Will Smith, Webmaster; Ryan Lake, International Vice President, Division II; Chad Daniel, Central District Representative; Leslie Odom, Vice President; Haley Evans, President; and Leah Fulcher, Historian
“This is the fourth year I have had Headquarters host our meeting,” said Amy Wolgamott, MS/LA Regional Coordinator. “I think the students feel pride knowing the Headquarters is located in their state.
“It also gives them an opportunity to see how Phi Theta Kappa is run on a day-to-day basis. We enjoy meeting those who help make their time as officers a smooth one.”
The MS/LA Regional Officers are Haley Evans, President; Leslie Odom, Vice President; Ashley Norwood, Secretary; Leah Fulcher, Historian; Jessica Thompson, Reporter; Will Smith, Webmaster; Tyler Goodwin, Northern District Representative; Chad Daniel, Central District Representative; and Will Gatlin, Southern District Representative.
Wolgamott and her officers were also joined by Ryan Lake, International Vice President for Division II, which includes the MS/LA Region, as well as members of their regional advisory board. She said the group focused on planning the regional Honors in Action/Leadership Fall Conference as well as the Spring Regional Convention.
The region was recognized as a Distinguished Region for the second year in a row during Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in April. The region had a record number of colleges and universities attending their spring regional convention to recruit transfer students, and it also had two students named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. It’s a trend of success Wolgamott hopes to see continue.
“The region continues to have high numbers in attendance to our meetings as well as more chapters participating in the various programs Phi Theta Kappa offers,” she said.
During their planning sessions, Wolgamott and the regional officers set goals to encourage even more of their region’s members to participate in the various programs offered by Phi Theta Kappa, such as the Five Star Competitive Edge program and CollegeFish.org.
“I would like to see more of my chapters recognized at the international level, as well as more of them participate in the Five Star Chapter Development (Plan), especially the chapters in Louisiana,” she said.
Regional programs offer members opportunities to network with many chapters all within close proximity of each other. Regional Officers help to cultivate relationships between these chapters while offering special assistance to those chapters that need an added boost. Officer positions and responsibilities vary from region to region, and officers are usually elected during a spring regional convention.