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Honors in Action/Leadership Regional Conference Fall 2014

Suffolk County Community College October 17-19, 2014

Honors in Action

Our theme is Health and Medicine as Frontiers

PTK Tabling

PTKers Michael and Ted answering questions and sharing advice for students interested in Phi Theta Kappa.

Graduating Phi Theta Kappa

If your graduating, make sure to get your graduation regalia at ptk.org...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Welcome Back Alpha Kappans!

The word of the day is Teamwork because our honors in action project is all about working together to create an award winning project.
We are well on our way into the Spring 2015 semester and already there is lots to do.

Last semester we voted on our Honors in Action question and this semester we get to try to answer it through our Honors in Action project.
For those of you who may not remember or who are new, our honors in action project is something we do each year. Heres a quick synopsis from ptk.org.

Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action
The Honors Program fulfills multiple dimensions of Phi Theta Kappa's purpose. It is designed to:
  • foster a stimulating environment for intellectual growth and challenge.
  • create opportunities for leadership and learning as leaders through service and advocacy.
For the first purpose of our mission — fostering a stimulating intellectual environment — the Honors Program foundation and focus is the Honors Study Topic. The biennial topic is an interdisciplinary, contemporary topic of interest related to global challenges. Members explore the topic with the multitude of perspectives that their personal experiences and academic studies provide.
For the second purpose of our mission — creating opportunities for leadership and action — the Honors Program provides guidance through a process called Honors in Action for taking action based upon new knowledge related to the themes of the Honors Study Topic.
Honors in Action
Honors in Action is the process that provides opportunities to apply learning and practice to real-world problem-solving by developing an in-depth, action-oriented project related to Honors Study Topic research. Academic research into the themes related to the Honors Study Topic is what makes the difference between Honors in Action and simply action. Honors in Action is informed action designed to make a lasting impact and contribute to the betterment of society. Through engaging in Honors in Action, students develop and demonstrate:

  • awareness of the importance of seeking out multiple perspectives augment understanding and improve decision-making.
  • abilities to draw research conclusions and develop ideas to make a difference.
  • effective planning and capabilities to initiate action.
  • intentional and purposeful efforts to grow leadership skills.
  • understanding of the need to involve others and work together
  • capacities to lead and manage self and others to motivate, overcome obstacles, perform in complicated environments and accomplish goals.
  • aptitudes for assessing progress, adjusting to circumstances and measuring results quantitatively and qualitatively.
Two meetings ago we gave some presentations on Honors in Action, how to do research, and some hot topics like vaccines and psychiatric medications that relate to our question:

Do we really need medicine or prescription drugs to live a healthier life?

Here is Debbies powerpoint on how to do research.

As of right now our project is moving towards being a debate on vaccines and their relationship to long term health, the risks related to vaccines, as well as the non-vaccination movement and it's effect on the health of our society in general. But we may have to broaden our scope to include prescription pain medications, or psychiatric medications to allow for more rich debate.

Last week the president of the debate team came by, split us into pro and con groups, and had us discuss vaccines.

Tomorrow we will be asking you, especially those of you who got to discuss the topic in groups, what you think of our honors in action question and if we can form a good debate on the subject? If not what should we expand the debate on?

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow :-)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Pushing Forward: Our HIA Question for Spring 2015 HAS BEEN CHOSEN and Survey Time!!!

Hello my fellow Alpha Kappans,

This past Wednesday December 10th, 2014 we asked YOU to help us develop a project/thesis question that relates both to our chosen theme Health and Medicine as Frontiers and to the overall Honors in Action Theme Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration. 

You did not disappoint.

There is a lot that we can explore within the theme of Health and Medicine as Frontiers and our members came up with some exceptional ideas. From increased life expectancy and it's influence on our future, to how advancements in Genetics and Biotechnology can affect the choices we make with our bodies, to our changing views on mental illness. But the question that seemed to get the most attention, votes, and even began a debate amongst our members, was in regards to pharmaceutical companies and their influence on our daily lives.

The exact question that won was:
Do we really need medicine or prescription drugs to live a healthier life?

Now this is our first draft question but it begins to spark ideas we can branch out on. For instance how pharmaceutical companies now advertise directly to the consumer and the influence that has on our drug dependence, how doctors approach treatment, and our overall health as a society. The modern epidemic of people becoming addicted to prescription narcotics. Or how our increase use of prescribed antibiotics are helping to form antibiotic resistant superbugs while at the same time the number of new antibiotics being discovered has dropped dramatically.

These are just some of the directions we can go in and next semester we will get the chance to fine tune our question as well as discuss what kind of project we can do to help us answer it.

Also we would greatly appreciate it if you filled out our quick survey.

We are always looking for ways to improve our chapter and better serve our members, so please if you can, take a moment and fill it out.
I swear it's brief. :-)

Wishing everyone luck on their finals and I look forward to seeing you all next semester.


Marcelina Washington
Executive Board Member and Social Networking Manager
Alpha Kappa Chapter
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Sunday, November 30, 2014

AND THE WINNER IS!!.....Plus Induction Ceremony News!!

Hi my fellow Alpha Kappans!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

For those of you who were unable to attend last weeks meeting, the winner of our Honors in Action Theme is:

Theme 7: Health and Medicine as Frontiers

The next step is picking our question. The question is important because it is in essence our essay or thesis question that we will attempt to answer through our project and through the research we do next semester. 
It is also important to remember that the question must address our study topic: Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.

The winning group will put together a number of different questions that they are interested in and then we as a chapter will vote on which question we are most interested in pursuing as a project next semester. Once I get the questions from the group, I will post them here on our blog for all of you to vote on, then during our final meeting of the semester (December 10th) we will announce the winning question.

Just as a reminder, there will be no meeting this coming Wednesday December 3rd, instead we invite you all to attend our Induction Ceremony being held in the Richard Harris Terrace from 2-4pm.
Come Support our New Inductees!!!
There will be a ceremony followed by a lunch. We will also be announcing the winner of our Executive Board elections. So please, if you haven't already RSVP to the E-Vite do so as soon as possible so we know how many lunches to prepare.

I hope to see you all and the Induction Ceremony!

Marcelina Washington
Social Networking Manager, Minutes Office, and Executive Board Member
Phi Theta Kappa
Alpha Kappa Chapter

Friday, November 21, 2014


Hello my fellow Alpha Kappans!!

Below you will find the presentations of our semifinalists for the Honors in Action Theme for the Spring 2015 semester.

Please take the time to go through each presentation, then when you are through place your vote by selecting your chosen theme at the bottom of the page.

Your Voice Matters!!

Happy Voting!

Theme 8: Exploring Political Economy

Theme 5: Celestial Frontiers

Theme 7: Health and Medicine as Frontiers

Theme 3: Quests of Human Expression


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

College Project: MECA Powerpoint and Video

Hello my fellow Alpha Kappans!

This is just some more information on our college project mentoring the MECA students.
The PowerPoint was put together by our executive board member Elizabeth.
Also we have a YouTube video from CUNY's page about MECA.