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Connecting communities: 2007 Triennial Convention a success.

More than three hundred people, including delegates, observers, guests, Board members, and national headquarters staff, attended the 2007 Phi Kappa Phi Triennial Convention in Orlando, Florida, from August 9-11. While there, attendees heard dynamic presentations by past and present Society award winners, shared ideas and inspiration at chapter training sessions, conducted the Society's business, and elected new national officers.

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In a spirited campaign, William Bloodworth, PhD, of Augusta State University was elected Society President Elect, and Diane Smathers, EdD, of Clemson University was elected Society Vice President. In addition, four new regional vice presidents were chosen to serve on the Board: Yaw Asamoah, PhD (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), in the Northeast region; Ray Davis, PhD (North Carolina A & T State University), in the Southeast region; Rick Shale, PhD (Youngstown State University), in the North Central region; and Ray Sylvester, PhD (University of the Pacific), in the Western region. Gil Fowler, PhD (Arkansas State University), was reelected for a second term in the South Central region.

In addition to selecting new national officers, official delegates attended governance sessions, where they approved the triennial budget and changes to the Society's bylaws. The most significant budget change calls for a dues increase of $5 for both new and renewing members, the first increase since 2001. Convention delegates also approved significant bylaws changes. Beginning in 2010, the Society will transition from a triennial to a biennial system of governance. The Society also will recompose its national board of directors to ensure that various constituent groups are represented.

In keeping with the convention theme, "Connecting Communities--Students, Scholars, and Society," Phi Kappa Phi hosted nearly thirty student vice presidents--the most students ever to be present at a triennial convention. Keynote speaker Cathy Small, PhD, author, cultural anthropologist, and professor at Northern Arizona University, talked about her book My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student and the changing face of college communities. Presentations from three former Fellowship recipients perfectly demonstrated the all-discipline nature of Phi Kappa Phi. The 2007 convention also marked the first time that Phi Kappa Phi brought together past Fellowship recipients to discuss their professional accomplishments since receiving their awards.

During convention luncheons, 2007-2010 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Larry A. Hickman, PhD, of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and Phi Kappa Phi Artist Stella Sung, PhD, from the University of Central Florida, talked about their work and the accomplishments that earned them their awards. [See more about the National Scholar and Artist beginning on page 17 in this issue.]

The 2010 convention is scheduled for August 6-7 in Kansas City, Missouri, with two concurrent Partnering for Success Workshops on August 5-6.

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Date:Sep 22, 2007
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