The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Hallmark Write-Ups
By: Makaela Dickerson
We’ve hit that time of year when we are wrapping up our projects. Everyone has worked hard, but its not over just yet! The next step is the intimidating write-up. Don’t worry! Hallmark write-ups are not as daunting as they seem! Follow these steps to writing a successful hallmark:
1. Document everything your chapter did during your project. (For Individual Hallmark entries, make a list of attributes concerning the specific person or group.)
2. Next, develop a writing system that works for your chapter. Delegate a person or group of people to write the rough draft. Another group can edit and revise as needed. (The key here is to EDIT, REVISE, EDIT, and REVISE!)
3. Ask your advisors to proofread your final draft, but also ask other teachers outside of PTK. This will ensure a diverse range of perspectives to guarantee the best draft possible.
4. Finally, submit your entry! Complete as many entries as you would like – the more, the merrier!
Hallmark Entry Due Dates:
December 5: Administrator Hallmark Awards
January 9: Applications for Individual Awards
January 16: Chapter Awards: HiA Project and College Project
Happy Writing and Good Luck!
Written by: Nader Pahlevan
Broadcasting is a very important element that each chapter should have and express. Specifically, when I say “Broadcasting”, I am referring to a form of communication where the chapter should create an easy and simple way in reaching all members. Whether it is through email, GroupMe, school announcements, or another unique process, each chapter needs to have an outlet to members so chapter projects, community services, or events can be received by the member body. Getting your members involved within your chapter is one of the most crucial tasks in having a productive and successful chapter. By making all members feel engaged and not just the ones that are already involved, it will create a chapter with less inactive members and free stress from chapter officers. You must especially remember to get as many members involved in the Honors in Action and College Projects. Member engagement is very important for these projects because HIA and CP are not only created to test your research skills, but also created to inspire corporation among groups of people and provide all members with leadership opportunities. Work together to create a strong and indestructible member body, so that all Phi Theta Kappans in your community will feel engaged!
One big thing that most chapters ask is “How to recruit more members”?
Recruitment is a big thing for chapters and for Phi Theta Kappa. Here are some ideas you can do to boost your membership recruitment. One, you can first look at and use the recruitment resources on the Phi Theta Kappa website www.ptk.org. Second, send out letters and emails to all of the eligible members. Third, post flyers around your campus about Phi Theta Kappa to let everyone know you’re chapter is there. Fourth, have a PTK blitz week. PTK Blitz week is basically setting little table toppers in your library, hanging posters around campus, or having a PTK information table in the hall. What this does is remind people to join PTK. It is best if you do this right before your induction to make sure people do not forget to join.. Finally, another idea would be to recognize the eligible members in class. If you want to do this, talk to your President or Vice President at your college and faculty, and see if you can go into class for a couple of minutes recognize the eligible members and talk a little about what Phi Theta Kappa is and how to join. These ideas can make a big impact on the growth of your chapter membership.
Written by: Katlynn Wickliffe