“The Hallmark Awards Program, which reflects the scholarly ideals of Phi Theta Kappa, serves to recognize superior individual and chapter achievement in Society programs. In this program, chapters compete against one another. Participation encourages excellence, reflects fairness, recognizes quality, and leads to enhanced student, advisor, and chapter development.”
DATES TO REMEMBER
December 9, 2015
Applications for Administrator Awards Due
Categories include College Administrator, Gordon, Bennett and Community College State Director Awards
January 13, 2016
Applications for Individual Awards Due
Categories include Chapter Officer Team, Chapter Officer, Chapter Member, Paragon Advisor, Distinguished Advisor,
Continued Excellence Advisor, Regional Officer Team and Regional Officer Awards
January 27, 2016
Applications for Chapter Awards Due
Categories include Honors in Action Project and College Project Awards
All entries are due by 5:00 p.m. CST on the appropriate due date.
To view awards received within our region, click here.
Honors in Action Project Awards
Chapters may submit one entry which describes one in-depth Honors in Action Project based on a theme of the current Honors Study Topic. Honors in Action projects incorporate academic research and analysis, leadership roles and leadership development, action (service or advocacy), collaboration and reflection. The current Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program Guide is a primary resource to help you develop and implement your Honors in Action Project.
College Project Awards
Chapters may submit one entry featuring their College Project, described in Level Three of the Five Star Chapter Plan. The purpose of the College Project is to establish and/or strengthen a supportive relationship between the chapter and the college administration. The chapter should meet with the college president (or other appropriate administrator) to determine the College Project, which can be anything that supports the college’s mission.
Distinguished Chapter Awards
To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project and College Project Award. Selection of the Distinguished Chapters will be based solely on the entries for these Hallmark Awards. The scores in each of the two Hallmark categories mentioned above will be averaged to determine a chapter’s overall ranking. Individual award entries, such as Distinguished Chapter Officer, Distinguished Advisor, etc., are not taken into account for the purposes of this award. The top 10% of chapters submitting both Honors in Action Project and College Project Awards will be recognized as Distinguished Chapters.
Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Awards
If a chapter is named a Distinguished Chapter three years consecutively, the chapter will be presented the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award. These awards are obtained from averaging a chapter’s scores in Honors in Action Project and the College Project. A chapter receiving the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award in 2015 is eligible to receive the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award in 2016 as well. This award was named for the Beta Alpha Chapter, Blinn College, Brenham, Texas.
Distinguished College Administrator Awards
The Distinguished College Administrator Awards are awarded to community college vice presidents, deans or leaders other than college presidents/CEOs serving a two-year college in an administrative capacity. Nominees should have served in their position for at least five years as of December 9, 2015, and should have demonstrated during their tenure a strong level of support for the Society. Awards will be presented at the Annual Convention to recipients who choose to attend, but may also be sent directly to the advisor of the nominating chapter for presentation during an appropriate occasion. A college administrator may receive this award only once. Each chapter may submit one nominee. College presidents, campus CEOs and state community college directors are not eligible for this award. Up to 25 Distinguished College Administrator Awards may be presented each year.
Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction
College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. Nominees should have served as president at least five years at the current institution as of December 9, 2015, and demonstrated during their tenure a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa. Award recipients must agree to attend the Annual Convention to receive their awards. A college president or campus CEO may receive this award only once. College presidents or campus CEOs of two-year and four-year colleges and universities are eligible for this award. As many as 25 Gordon Awards may be presented annually.
Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards
The Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to college presidents, campus CEOs at two-year or senior institutions, and community college state directors who have been supportive of Phi Theta Kappa throughout their careers, and are retiring. Nominees should have served in their position at least five years at the current institution, system or state association office as of December 9, 2015. Awards will be presented at the Annual Convention to recipients who choose to attend, but may also be sent directly to the advisor of the nominating chapter for presentation during an appropriate occasion. An unlimited number of these awards may be given.
Distinguished Community College State Director Awards
The Distinguished Community College State Director Awards recognize the contributions of heads of statewide community college associations or systems. Entries for this award demonstrate the Community College State Director’s support of Phi Theta Kappa throughout his/her state during his/her term of service. Nominees should have served in their position for at least five years as of December 9, 2015, and demonstrated during their tenure a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa. Entries may be submitted by a chapter, chapter advisor or Regional Coordinator. Award recipients must agree to attend the Annual Convention to receive their awards. A Community College State Director may receive this award only once. An unlimited number of these awards may be presented.
Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Awards
A chapter advisor may nominate their entire chapter officer team for this award. The officers should demonstrate an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society’s Hallmarks.
Distinguished Chapter Officer Awards
Distinguished Chapter Officers are selected based on the recipients’ demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society’s Hallmarks. International Officers are not eligible for this award during their year of tenure. The chapter may nominate up to two individual officers for this category, including a chapter president. However, team leaders or committee chairpersons who have been appointed (not elected) may not be nominated for this award. A student may receive this award only once.
Distinguished Chapter Member Awards
Distinguished Chapter Members are selected based on a student’s embodiment of the Hallmarks of the Society through Honors in Action and other chapter activities. Members holding elected office at the chapter, regional or international levels are ineligible for this award. Team leaders or committee chairpersons may be nominated for this award, if their leadership position is by appointment not election. A student may receive this award only once.
Paragon Awards for New Advisors
Advisors with less than four years of service as of January 13, 2016, may be nominated for the Paragon Award. Years of service will be based upon the advisor’s start date reported to Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters. Award-winning advisors are those who make significant contributions to the growth of the individual members, serve as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encourage the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international level of the organization. An advisor may receive this award only once.
Distinguished Advisor Awards
The criteria are the same as the Paragon Award with the exception that advisors must have served at least four years or more to be nominated for this award. Years of service will be based upon the advisor’s start date reported to Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters. An advisor may receive this award only once.
Continued Excellence Awards for Advisors
The criteria are the same as the Paragon and Distinguished Advisor Award with the exception that advisors must have already received the Distinguished Advisor Award. Once an advisor has received the Distinguished Advisor Award, he/she will be eligible for the Continued Excellence Award for Advisors the following year. Advisors are eligible to win this award every other year.
Distinguished Regional Officer Team Awards
Regional Coordinators may nominate their entire regional officer team for the Distinguished Regional Officer Team Award. As many as 3 regional officer teams may be recognized each year.
Distinguished Regional Officer Awards
Regional Coordinators may nominate as many eligible regional officers as he/she chooses for the Distinguished Regional Officer Award. As many as 10 regional officers may be recognized each year. A student may receive this award only once.
Regional Milestone Awards
The Regional Milestone Awards recognize a significant accomplishment (e.g., exceptional participation in a Phi Theta Kappa program, increased attendance at regional conferences, etc.) and /or renewed enthusiasm among existing regions and superior achievements of newly organized regions. The award is based on quality of regional programming and other supporting evidence.
Distinguished Region Awards
The Distinguished Region Awards recognize achievements of regions in areas of programming and organizational structure. Criteria include quality of regional programming, especially demonstrated leadership and/or Honors in Action programming at regional meetings; overall strength of chapters in the region; membership growth; and the quantity and quality of chapter participation in such programming as the Five Star Chapter Plan and Hallmark Awards.
Continued Excellence Awards for Regions
A region that has received the Distinguished Region Award for three consecutive years and has continued to maintain a superior level of programming and structure may be recognized as a Continued Excellence Region.
Distinguished Regional Coordinator Awards
Distinguished Regional Coordinators are selected by the Society’s executive staff. Selection will be based on coordinators’: encouragement, fellowship and continuity provided to chapters within the region; assistance provided in planning and implementing regional meetings; facilitation of attendance at international meetings by chapters in their region; and orientation, motivation and direction provided to chapter advisors and regional officers. Each recipient must have served the Society as a coordinator for a minimum of five years. As many as three recipients may be named each year. A Distinguished Regional Coordinator may be eligible again for the award after 10 years.
Regional Coordinator Distinguished Service Awards
A retiring Regional Coordinator who has served less than five years and has demonstrated exemplary leadership and service may be recognized with the Regional Coordinator Distinguished Service Award.
Regional Coordinator Emeritus Awards
A retiring Regional Coordinator with five years or more of service, with an outstanding record of leading the region and supporting the mission of Phi Theta Kappa, may be recognized as a Regional Coordinator Emeritus.
Alumni Association Award of Merit
The Alumni Association Award of Merit recognizes an alumni association (community-based, senior institution-based or region-based) that has been exemplary in meeting the mission of Phi Theta Kappa’s Alumni Association, conducting outstanding programs for the benefit of Phi Theta Kappa members.
Alumni Award of Appreciation
Phi Theta Kappa chapters and regions are encouraged to publicly show gratitude to supportive alumni by nominating an alumnus for the Award of Appreciation.