Are you excited for Catalyst? We're excited for Catalyst. Catalyst will be fun! Are you excited for RMC Spring Conference? We're ALSO excited for the Spring Conference!
This month we're focusing on conferences, officer recruitment, and running for regional office.

This month's newsletter will cover:

Blurps from our Regional Team
Officer Recruitment Season Tips
Info on Upcoming Conferences
Running for Regional Team
International Officer Candidate Spotlights
Monthly Poll

A message from Kristian Reyes, Regional President

"Hey Rocky Mountain Cascade Region!!!


PTK Catalyst is just around the corner and I have been excited about going to Nashville since last year. I am definitely going to see the Parthenon!!!! You are welcome to join me. I do hope to see some of you there. If you do get the chance to experience the energy and excitement of over of 4,000 Phi Theta Kappans from all over the world in one room, take it. I have never felt so much energy in one place. Not to mention, Jamie Hyneman (from Mythbusters) and Dr. Jennifer Arnold (from The Little Couple) will be guest speakers. The hype is just starting!! Going to Catalyst is an indescribable experience. It’s one of those “you had to be there” moments.

And if I don’t get to see you at Catalyst, I hope to see you at our Spring Regional Convention. I would love to see your chapter get recognized for all your hard work this past year and maybe even receive some regional awards. This convention is not as big, but it is just as fun. You get to meet everyone from your region and even elect your new regional officers. Be on the lookout as more information comes your way.

I am so excited to announce that our region went from having only five five-star chapters last year to having ten five-star chapters this year. That is a great accomplishment for us. We also have three four-star chapters, one three-star chapter, and ten one-star chapters. Great job everyone, remember that if you need help with anything Phi Theta Kappa related, contact your regional team, we’re here to help you.

If you’re thinking of running for a regional officer position or even have a slight thought about running, take the chance. Being a regional officer has helped me come out of my comfort zone and has greatly enhanced my personal communication skills and leadership skills. I didn’t think I was capable of being a regional officer, but I took the chance and became your Regional President. You get the opportunity to meet so many different people from your region and find out just how awesome every single member is.

Registration for Spring Convention will be opening soon as well as the Regional Officer applications. I would love to see our region become a lot more active. I know that every single member in this region has the potential to do something great, and I for one can’t wait to see what you all have in store.

PS. If you are returning next school year, the Spring Common application is open. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to win some scholarships. The deadline to apply for this is May 2 at 5:00 PM CT.

Sorry about the long update, I’m making up for missing last month’s newsletter.

See you all soon!!

Kristian Reyes"

Tips for Spring/Summer Chapter Officer Recruitment

Jason Ward
Regional Vice President

Hello, Rocky Mountain-Cascade!
It’s halfway through the spring semester here in Idaho. That means at my chapter we are turning our thoughts to the election of the next officer team. When I started my term this year as the Chapter President of Beta Sigma Pi, I was excited to lead my team of officers and our member base to being a Five Star Chapter. But I also had another goal. It would be great to a Five Star Chapter while I was President, but how much better would it be to help us be a Five Star Chapter after my term was over?
With that in mind, I made the guiding word for my tenure, “Legacy.” And the quote to live by was, “Society grows great when people plant trees in whose shade they will never sit.” I would like to share the ideas that have helped me strive for that dream this past year.
  • Election Committee
We are in the middle of setting up our member base with the election process. It’s important to clearly communicate to people interested in running for office what the job entails. By focusing on the benefits that being a chapter officer can bring to both the potential candidate and to the member base they would serve, you can stoke the flames of excitement for the next team.
  • Work Flows
Per the suggestion of our AVP of Academic Affairs at CWI, my team and I have been working on developing work flow documentation for all the large projects of the year: the HIA Project, the College Project, Induction Planning, Officer Elections, and developing excellent membership drives. Work flows will let the new team know what they should be working on each week of their term to complete the months-long projects it takes to be a Five Star Chapter. (If you know a PTK member who is majoring in business, this sort of project management is excellent experience!)
  • New Officer Orientation
Our current officer team has already committed to a new officer orientation to bring the next team up to speed as completely as possible. We are holding our elections several weeks before the end of our terms so there is plenty of time for the officers-elect to attend meetings and learn about their duties at officer meetings. One of the first meetings in the new officers’ terms will be with the former team and the college president to introduce everyone, discuss the goals of the chapter, and start brainstorming for the College Project immediately.
  • Five Star Chapter Plan
One of the best things to do for the next officer team is to begin hitting the requirements for One Star and Two Star levels of the Five Star Chapter Plan at the start of the new calendar year. It’s a great feeling to set up your successors for success before even knowing who they will be! Be sure to submit the Chapter Annual Report and complete a Spring membership drive!
Do you have any ideas to share about how to plant trees for the future? I’d love to hear them! Communication will make us stronger as a region!
I hope you all recognize the excellence in yourselves.

Jason Ward,
Regional Vice President


Jantyne Bunce
Western District Executive

Hello Rocky Mountain Cascade Region-
Western District Officer here. Wowzer what a term thus far! Are you all as exhausted as I am? Here at Alpha Sigma Upsilon, my home chapter we just finished up doing a Phi Theta Kappa Awareness Campaign the end of February- beginning of March. With our on campus awareness campaign, I decided to dig into the old PTK storage unit and display all of our chapter’s previous awards. I did not realize the extent of the impact that displaying those awards would have. After a chapter meeting I got into this great conversation about the awards being displayed. I asked the individual in this conversation to write a little blurb reiterating her thoughts on the display and encouraging recruitment and active membership. This is what she says:
Being a member of Phi Theta Kappa is a great honor for me so when our president was able to display March 2017 just some of the awards and certificates that our college chapter, Alpha Sigma Upsilon, has earned over the years was deeply moving for me.  I knew Phi Theta Kappa was an honor society with events, leadership conferences, and many other opportunities for members.  However, seeing those awards on display made honor society feel more than “just” a club.  I had no idea the depth of recognition until seeing these honors on display.  I felt a new sense of pride and a new higher level of honor for my Alpha Sigma Upsilon Chapter.
Tanya Williams
Honors in Action Chapter Officer
With that said, I challenge each of you and your chapters that if your chapter’s awards are not on display, coordinate with whomever you need to display them. Even if it is just for a short time period, if you encourage one fellow student than you’re doing something right.

On to Catalyst. What RMC chapters are attending?! Does anyone have any questions?? I have never been and am extremely excited. I am excited for the Region, for my home chapter, and of course for myself. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you there!
I know my home chapter has been busy since the term began. Did your chapters do any additional activities this term? I’d love to hear all about your chapter’s activities and projects!
I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to email me at
Jantyne “JT” Bunce

Rocky Mountain Cascade Western District Officer
Alpha Sigma Upsilon Chapter President


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Rocky Mountain Cascade Regional Spring Conference
An update by Michelle Gietl, Associate Regional Coordinator

The snow has melted and we have seen the sun a few times. Spring is just around the corner. Your regional team and host chapter, Alpha Sigma Xi, are working hard to put together a wonderful experience for you at the Spring Convention. This year we will be in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. We will be celebrating the accomplishments of our chapters in the region, regional officer campaigning and elections, educational workshops, amazing speakers and special guests, and much much more. Here are some details:
Host Chapter: Alpha Sigma Xi, Columbia Gorge Community College
Dates: Friday April 28th- Sunday April 30th
Convention Hotel and Location:
Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031
Phone: 1-800-828-7873
Mention Phi Theta Kappa room block when you make your reservation. Reservation cut off is March 26th for special rate.
There are many different types of rooms to choose from at different prices.
Registration will open by Friday March 17th. An email will be sent to all advisors and a link to the registration form will be posted on the RMC Facebook page.
What can you expect for the weekend?
Friday late afternoon and evening will include a fun welcome activity from the Alpha Sigma Xi chapter, welcome address from Dr. Frank Toda, CGCC President, a wonderful dinner and evening activities.
Saturday will include breakfast to start, our keynote speaker, headquarters update, regional officer campaign speeches and a variety of workshops to choose from. Our day will conclude with our awards gala to celebrate all of our chapters in the region.
Sunday morning we will have breakfast and our regional meeting before departing.
These few days go by fast. We want you to have a great time, learn a lot and connect with your fellow regional members.
If you have any questions about the upcoming convention, please contact Michelle Gietl, Associate Regional Coordinator, at
Running for Regional Office
-Ben Lawrence, VP of Communication-

Spring Conference is just around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about being a Rocky Mountain Cascade officer! Have any questions? Want more info?

Well! Lucky you!

The Regional Team is always accessible to you... But we also have a brand new page on dedicated to running for regional office!

Regional Office Applications are now open!

Hit the link for more info: Running for Regional Office 101
or if you're ready to run Regional Office now -- Register Here!

Here's a word from Cassie James, our Northern District Executive, on being a Regional Officer:

Being a regional officer has been such an amazing opportunity and I'm so glad that I ran for regional office. At first I wasn't sure about running because I'm super introverted, but I ran anyways. It helped me get out of my shell and develop social skills that I didn't have before. I can now walk up to random strangers and start talking to them without being perceived as a weirdo. I also gained lifetime friendships with the regional team. I went through some hard times the last 6 months and they were always there to talk me through my problems. I would not be the leader that I am today without being part of the regional team. So, if you're thinking about running be like Nike and "Just do it"! Plus you'll never go hungry; in fact, you'll gain weight. I hope that you all think about running. You'll have a great time, grow as a leader and make some awesome friendships! 
IO Candidate Spotlights
At PTK Catalys 2017, the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region is extremely proud to have three of our region's members running for international officer positions within Phi Theta Kappa. Learn a little more about them...
Bailey McManus
Alpha Sigma Xi
International President Candidate

"Two years ago, I was blessed with my beautiful son, Oliver, at the age of 19. Having him in my life inspired me to start another new chapter. I started college when he was two months old. I had struggled a lot before making the decision to attend college. All of the dreams and aspirations were brought back to life when I joined Phi Theta Kappa. I became the president of Alpha Sigma Xi after I completed my first term in college. I have since become more involved in many local community organizations which have enhanced and strengthened my leadership skills. I am actively engaged in my passion for writing. I want to continue to share my personal story of perseverance and overcoming circumstance by serving as International President. After community college, I will continue my education and study social justice. My ultimate goal is to be a researcher and author. Through all of my struggles, I have refused to let anything stop me from achieving my goals. Being involved in Phi Theta Kappa has been an incredibly empowering experience where my personal values of curiosity, innovation, compassion, and overcoming fear are encouraged, and I’ve been a part of a brilliant and inspiring support group. I’m honored by this opportunity to represent you all as Phi Theta Kappa International President."

Jason Ward
Beta Sigma Pi
International President Candidate

"Hello, Rocky Mountain-Cascade Region! I’m Jason Ward and for two years I’ve been part of the Regional Officer Team. I am also the current Chapter President at the College of Western Idaho. I am a Biology major, Presidential Ambassador, and a biomedical research fellow, but being part of Phi Theta Kappa has been the capstone of my college experience.
Like most people, I have had many obstacles to overcome to make college work. For two years, I’ve worked full-time while attending school full-time. I’m happy for the successes I’ve had at school, but what many haven’t seen is my hidden fight with depression. I’ve struggled with isolation and poor self-image, but PTK has helped me feel part of a collective. It’s helped in ways I never imagined and I want to give back.
I’m running for International President because I feel strongly I can help our honor society become better. As a servant-leader in the pinnacle of student leadership, I would use the position to communicate with every region internationally to collect what works best. I believe an open conversation between regions about best practices and what their goals are would connect us all in our united mission to recognize excellence and develop as student leaders and maximize regional impact.
The best part of PTK is the wonderful people I’ve met across the country and in our own region. I’m looking forward to having the time of our lives with all of you in Nashville and Spring Conference!
PTK Proud!"

Moon Detering
Beta Gamma Lambda
Division IV Vice President Candidate

"I came to Portland on September 5th of 2013. This was a thrilling and fearful time in my life since I could barely speak English. I enrolled myself into beginner ESOL classes for reading, writing, and speaking/pronunciation skills, all while receiving an introduction to US culture at Portland Community College. I attended as many extra-curricular events as I could, never skipped class, and pushed myself to socialize every day, even when it was difficult.  Starting from the bottom, I learned English in only three years. On May 23, 2015, I joined the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Discovering a passion for leadership and a desire to give back to the community, I applied to be an officer at my chapter-- Beta Gamma Lambda and was honored to be chosen. Being a part of PTK has been a larger part of my education experience. I have gained leadership skills and public speaking skills. More importantly, I've gained knowledge, friends, and family! 

PTK has helped me to grow not only as an honor student but a great human to the society by doing Honors in Action, Community Service Projects and College Project. I want nothing more than helping my peers grow the same way I have been able to. This year, I choose to run for International Division IV Vice President which allows me to have a chance to share the experiences and opportunities that PTK offers."   
Monthly Poll Question

Every month from now on the region will have the chance to vote on a poll put forward by the Regional Newsletter. This question may be for fun, but will usually be in order to address any issues the region may need resolved. The data from these polls will be collected and utilized, and we thank you for your participation!

Which Catalyst speaker are you most excited for?!

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Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner

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