Kay White is a chapter development director at Phi Kappa Phi. She began working for the Society in February after
teaching at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. White earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in music
(vocal performance). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
informative, but it also
gives the student vice
presidents the motivation
they need to go and make
progress at their chapters,” Sargent wrote.
Phi Kappa Phi’s Partnering for Success event
was subtitled “Growing
Your Chapter” because
that is what was the hope
of chapter officers who
officers arrived on Aug.
2, to participate in a new
officer training workshop held to further their
knowledge of their duties
while in service to Phi
Kappa Phi. Resources
from headquarters were
explored as well as the
protocol for the coming
The first full day of
seminars was led by Har-
old Maurer, managing di-
rector of account services
for Marketing General
Inc. These discussions
were based on how
chapter officers could use
marketing tactics and in-
formation to help recruit
and retain new members
while raising the profile
of Phi Kappa Phi. The
second day of Partnering for Success was led by
Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd and Dr. Diane
Smathers, immediate past president of the Society
national Board of Directors. They joined forces to
help the chapter officers come up with an action
plan based on data from their chapters. Officers
gathered together in groups to brainstorm solutions
to issues that commonly face chapters as well as
propose ways in which chapters can engage more
students and faculty within their campus commu-
nities. This event closed with a dinner at the Cliff
Lodge, where certificates of completion of the in-
tensive workshop were handed out to participants.
“I’ve long been worried about recruitment and
retention,” wrote Jim McDonald, chapter president
from Southern Utah University, Chapter 319. “The
workshop armed me with lots of good ideas, strate-
gies, and tactics to deploy.”
President-elect Bobbie Decuir from the Univer-
sity of Louisiana at Lafayette, Chapter 055, agreed
that chapter leaders were given lots of tools for
success. “The diversity of ideas allowed me the
opportunity not only to dream for my chapter, but
gave me the tools and confidence to bring those
ideas to fruition.”
Photo by Fawn Ngo -- Dr. Lynnette Kennison, left, from Jacksonville University, and Dr. Fawn
Ngo, from the University of South Florida.
Photo by Kay White -- Matthew Holt, left, student vice
president from Eastern Tennessee State University, and
Marc Leggett, student vice president from Delta State
University at the Student Leadership Summit.
Photo by Kay White -- Phi Kappa Phi Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd speaks at the
Partnering For Success event in Snowbird, Utah.
Photo by Kay White -- Council of Students members discuss recruitment with student
vice presidents at this summer’s Student Leadership Summit in Snowbird, Utah.
Photo provided by Jaime Staengel -- Student vice presidents, from left, Leanna Rowlette, Eastern
Kentucky University; Barret Wessel, University of Maryland-College Park; and Jaime Staengel,
Murray State University, at the Student Leadership Summit in Snowbird, Utah.
Photo by Sarah Q. Anderson -- Clockwise, from left, are Sarah Q. Anderson, Chris Haynes,
Jaime Staengel, and Shelby Cansler.