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Excellence shone at Phi Kappa Phi’s 2016 biennial convention in Atlanta.
More than 250 chapter delegates, students, members, guests, sponsors, and
speakers gathered at the Marriott Marquis July 28-30 to conduct Society business,
celebrate scholarship, network, and learn how to grow their chapters. Attendees were
also treated to a night at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, where
they strolled through gardens and exhibits about the Phi Kappa Phi member’s life
Not only did the Society get a new president in Gypsy Denzine, it also elected a new
board and voted to accept changes in the bylaws. Missy Hopper was chosen as the
president elect and Dan Sandweiss is the new vice president for chapter development.
Other positions chosen include five directors, two student representatives, and five
regional vice presidents.
Plenary Lunch speaker Lou Heckler, who parlayed a television journalism career into
teaching, coaching and motivational speaking, didn’t have a lot to work with at the
Venice, Florida, hospital where he was asked to speak — due to a misunderstanding
— as a nutritional humorist.
Which, of course, he is not.
He is, however, an expert on leadership and displayed his talent in fine form with
occasional bouts of humor. Effective leaders, he said, make good choices, and do
three things: have a vision that can prompt action at every level; take responsibility
for their organization; and listen to feedback. But, he warned, “excellence doesn’t
mean perfection.” Perfection can stop people, he said, and gave an example
your neighborhood fitness guru who spends his free time jogging and doing
Photos by Kate Awtrey, Atlanta Convention Photography -- Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts, second from left, accepts the Excellence in Innovation Award from Society President Timothy Hulsey,
Exectuive Director Mary Todd, and President-Elect Gypsy Denzine.
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Effective leaders, speaker
Lou Heckler said, make
good choices and do three
things: have a vision that
can prompt action at every
level; take responsibility
for their organization; and
listen to feedback.