Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Taking Stock of the Council of Students

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Taking Stock of the Council of Students

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The inaugural Council of Students advisory panel completed its two-year term in August. The charter representatives pursued numerous objectives upon their formation in August 2010. Undertakings included advocating on behalf of constituents, expanding the participation of student members in the Society, increasing the visibility of the organization, and creating instructional publications for student officers.

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To help prepare the next iteration, predecessors and former Society board members Rodney Hughes (Northeast Region), a doctoral student in higher education at Penn State, and Jeffry Harrison (North Central Region), who earned a B.S. in business administration in May from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, selected questions to answer from a list submitted to them by Editor Peter Szatmary. What follows are compiled, edited excerpts about how the Council of Students makes the grade.

Question: What were your goals coming into the assignment?

Rodney Hughes: To identify opportunities for Council of Students members to collaborate with each other to support students and of-ficers at our chapters. To help other board members feel comfortable with student involvement in governance. And to make sure Jeffry and I could contribute to board discussions about the role of students in Phi Kappa Phi and about broader topics.

Jeffry Harrison: To bring a student perspective and energy to the board.

Q: How does the Council of Students fit into Phi Kappa Phi, and vice versa?

JH: The students of Phi Kappa Phi are the lifeblood of the organization and the Council of Students serves as the heart.

Q: The 10 of you held monthly online conference calls. What was the purpose?

RH: They were our avenue for getting most of our work done as a group. We developed the idea for our handbook for student vice presidents and the guide-book for the new Council of Students during these conference calls. Our productivity as a group increased quite a bit once we identified the conference call model as our primary means of communication.

JH: They were a chance for the members to bond and grow together. Through these meetings, we became a family. …

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