Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Society Creates Council of Students

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Society Creates Council of Students

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The 20! (I Phi Kappa Phi Convention marked the dcbul ofthe Council of Students, an ad\ isory panel lor the Society. The Council of Siudcnis stems from a 2007 bylaws transformation that called for establishing two Student Vice Presidents from cucii of the Society's n'\e regions so that the lifeblood of Phi Kappa Phi is invoked in issues of governance. Two from the Council of Students are elected b\ their peers at each com ention io be voting members on the Society Board of Directors.

The 2010-12 Vice Presidents for Students serving on the Board are Jeffry Harrison, a junior business administration major at Southern Illinois UniversiiyEdwardsville. and Rodney Hughes, a second-year doctoral student in higher education at Pennsylvania State University.

"It feels so incredible to be a part of history," said Harrison. "1 hope to bring a student's perspective and energy to the board," he said, citing increasing enrollment, promotions and networking as some objectives.

"I hope to learn about students' goals and successes and advocate effectively on behalf of" students," said Hughes. "We also need to be complete boarii members," he continued, and v\ork on behalf of the entire membership.

"Because students are our focus on excellence, it seemed important to include their voices on policy issues and other matters," said Phi Kappa Phi Executive Director Perry A. Snyder, aiiding t Iw i other honor societies provide students leadership roles. The Council (if Students offers "a pool from which student ideas can be generated and communicated." he said.

""Students are the heart and soul of Phi Kappa Phi - the reason for the Society's existence, the glory of its past, and the hope of its future." said Society President William ?. Bloodworth. Jr. "With the emergence of the Council of Students and students as members of the board, that future Ls brighter than e\ er."

2010-12 Vice Presidents for Students:

Jeffry Harrison, North Central Region

(Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville)

Junior, business administration major

Memoiable course: Creativity of Leadership

Biggest challenge for the Society: Make it stand out among all other honor societies.

Rodney Hughes, Northeast Region

(Pennsylvania State University)

B.S. in economics (2007) and M.A. in economics (2009) from Penn State

Pursuing a doctorate in higher education at Penn State

Hobby: Weightlifting

Best part of Phi Kappa Phi: Welcomes students from all academic disciplines.

Other Members of the Council

Heather Bartholomew, Northeast Region

(University of Maryland, College Park)

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