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Brother Sean Guardian To Be Honored at #PKTDC17

This July we will be honoring Brother Sean Guardian (SDSU, '14) as our 2017 Outstanding Young Alumnus at a special Luncheon.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recognizes an outstanding Brother under the age of 30 who has exemplified the Ideals of Phi Kappa Theta in career success and service to the community. The award was established in 2013.

Brother Guardian has traveled around the globe working with Hurricane Yolanda victims in the Philippines; problem solving in the slums of Delhi, India; building homes in Nepal for victims of one of the largest earthquakes in its history, and plans to move on to Cambodia, teaching English and math to orphans in Phnom Penh.

Guardian said his time with the Fraternity was, without a doubt, the biggest single influence on his growth as an individual and a servant leader. Some of his roles in college included Vice President of Risk Management, Associate Member Educator, President and IFC President. He said his time there fostered a calling to the service of others and he was influenced by many members, including Brother Ryan Fowler (SDSU, '11), who is currently teaching in Colombia.

Guardian doesn’t view his own ups and downs as relevant. “Any discomfort I feel pales in comparison to what the people around me have gone through.”

“The fraternity has helped me develop the confidence and moral compass that led me to this life-changing journey. You’re helping people rebuild their lives not for personal gain, but because that’s what makes the world a better place.”

- Sean Guardian

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Brother Boysie Bollinger To Be Honored at #PKTDC17

Brother Boysie Bollinger (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ‘71) will be honored as Man of Achievement at the 2017 Biennial Convention this July.

Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger is President and CEO of Bollinger Enterprises, formerly with Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., providing construction, repair and conversion products and services to the military and commercial marine industries. Brother Bollinger is involved with the United States Coast Guard Foundation, The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, the United Way, and the Boy Scouts of America, among other nonprofits. He is also Chairman of the Nicholls State University Foundation.

 

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Brother Paul Allen To Be Honored At #PKTDC17

Brother Paul Allen (Washington State University, ‘75) will be honored as Man of Achievement at the 2017 Biennial Convention this July.

Brother Paul Allen, American business magnate, investor and philanthropist, is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft, alongside Bill Gates. He is also co-founder of the Seattle Sounders and owns two professional sports teams—the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.Brother Allen is the founder of Vulcan Inc., the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Institute for Cell Science.

 

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Brother Sean Stephenson To Be Honored at #PKTDC17

Brother Sean Stephenson (DePaul University, '01) will be honored with The John F. Kennedy Award at the 2017 Biennial Convention this July.

When Sean was born, doctors predicted he would not survive more than 24 hours because of a rare bone disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, that stunted his growth and caused his bones to be extremely fragile. Despite the challenges he faced, he’s taken a stand for a quality of life that has reached millions of people around the world including Sir Richard Branson, President Clinton, and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Sean has appeared on everything from The Oprah Show to online videos with hundreds of millions of views. The Biography Channel did an hour feature on his life called Three Foot Giant.

His message has been heard at live events in over 16 countries and 48 states in the past 23 years. Sean’s latest book, Get Off Your But, has swept the US and been released in almost a dozen languages around the world.

As a board certified therapist, Sean uses humor and compassion to develop a fun environment where individuals open their hearts and minds for lasting empowerment to occur.

Brother Stephenson has spoken at numerous Phi Kappa Theta events in the past and we are honored to present him with this award!

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2017 Convention Parliamentarian

John Covert (Georgia Institute of Technology, '72) was initiated into Phi Kappa Theta as a freshman Electrical Engineering student.

As an undergraduate he participated in his chapter's transition from colony to chapter. After receiving his BEE degree, he began a thirty-year career with Digital Equipment Corporation (purchased by Compaq and then Hewlett-Packard). He is now an independent Software Engineering Consultant, with clients in the fields of operating system security and telecommunications. He has served the Georgia Tech chapter as Vice President and Secretary of the Alumni Corporation and has served the National Fraternity as District Governor for the MIT chapter and as Northeast Province President.

He is committed to the ideals of Phi Kappa Theta and exercises our ideals as a volunteer at his local community supper, in his work with the Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent Living System at MIT, and as a member of the Knights of Columbus.

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#PKTDC17 Emcee Announced

Steve Wymer (Washington State University, '02) has been announced as Master of Ceremonies at the 2017 Biennial Convention!

Steve is the Vice President of Communications and Policy at Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods.

Wymer has diverse executive leadership experience in the public policy sector, media, and technology industries, in addition to extensive experience in the developing world leading democracy and civic engagement initiatives for the U.S. Department of State. Before moving to Silicon Valley from Washington, D.C. in 2011, he spent nearly a decade serving as a senior advisor to three U.S. Senators and a term as President of the U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association. Prior to joining Nextdoor, Wymer lead global communications and a variety of marketing and policy functions for TiVo.

Wymer grew up in Chewelah, WA. A resident of San Jose, CA, Steve is active in a variety of Bay Area non-profit and community service organizations.

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#PKTDC17 IS LIVE - REGISTER TODAY!

Registration for Phi Kappa Theta's 2017 Biennial Convention in Washington D.C. is now open!

Find our more about our 2017 event, including how to register your chapter for #PKTDC17, how to reserve a room and what all will be happening in D.C.!

  • Register your chapter HERE.
  • Reserve your room HERE.

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Texas Conference

Check out who's presenting at our Texas Conference February 10-12, 2017.

Facilitators for La Grange, Texas include:

  • Brendon Albert (Temple University, ‘13)
  • Adrian Gonzalez (University of Texas-Austin Texas, '78)
  • Wally Kronzer (University of Houston, ’76)
  • Stephen Lee (Lewis University, ‘10)
  • Carlos Nichols (University of Texas–Pan American, '14)
  • Manuel Rivas (University of Texas-Pan American, ‘11)

FIND YOUR LOCATION AND REGISTER

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Microlearning and the RLC

Discover more about the different MicroLearning opportunities that will be offered at this years RLC's.

The fourth MicroLearning session will be entitled An Introduction to a Grand Challenge: We'll define what a Grand Challenge is by seeing a few examples (one association led and one corporate led). Participants will recognize that our Mission calls us to be engaged in a Grand Challenge.

See what other MicroLearning sessions will be offered and register today.

What is MicroLearning? "MicroLearning is a way of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts. The learners are in control of what and when they're learning."

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Microlearning and the RLC

Discover more about the different MicroLearning opportunities that will be offered at this years RLC's.

The third MicroLearning session will be entitled A Leader Is: As a small team and conference, we'll gain consensus of the characteristics of a servant leader vs. power leader.

See what other MicroLearning sessions will be offered and register today.

What is MicroLearning? "MicroLearning is a way of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts. The learners are in control of what and when they're learning."

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