Students from two-year colleges across the state will be gathering at Terra State Community College later this month for a conference with their peers.
The Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Terra is hosting the Leadership in Action Conference, “The Culture of Competition,” on July 27-28.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for students in two-year schools. This is the first time Terra has hosted the annual event.
“For Terra to host the Ohio regional conference here on campus is something I never would have imagined,” said Seth Sholl, a PTK member from Tiffin. “It’s a big event with lots of two-year students. It will be great to talk to them and find out where they are from and where they are going.”
Fellow member Kenneth Gyan of Clyde agrees.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be part of this year's Phi Theta Kappa conference here at Terra,” he said. “I am excited about attending and volunteering at the conference because it’s a nice way to build my leadership skills, meet new people and most importantly build a good resume.”
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. July 27 with a general session, “Fellowship through Competition,” to follow.
The second day includes various general and breakout sessions. A panel session at 10:30 a.m. will include Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer, Fremont City School Board member Juanita Sanchez, Ohio High School Athletic Association Commissioner Roxanne Price, Heinz Corporation’s Operational Risk and Training Manager Cathy Shell, Executive Director of Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation Kay E. Reiter, and State Rep. Rex Damschroder.
Planning for the conference has been a learning experience for the Terra students.
“I’m proud of the students who have put their time and energy into organizing this event. They are giving up their free time this summer to make sure that Terra hosts a successful conference,” said Michelle White, a co-advisor of the group.
“The theme of the conference centers on leadership and our members have certainly demonstrated that they have what it takes to get the job done. We are lucky to have such excellent people in our group.”
The event is scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. on Saturday.