JALC Students Attend Phi Theta Kappa Convention
Logan Media Services
CARTERVILLE – A delegation of six John A. Logan College students trekked to San Jose, Calif., recently for the 95th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Convention. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community colleges.
Jennifer Rose, a counselor/advisor at JALC who sponsors the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, accompanied the students.
“It was a great convention. There were over 3,500 people there from more than 300 Phi Theta Kappa chapters,” Rose said. “San Jose is located in the Silicon Valley area, and there was a technology emphasis to a lot of the programs since so many major technology companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Google, and Intel are headquartered there. That was very interesting.”
Dylan Moore, a sophomore from Johnston City, said he enjoyed the conference.
“It was my first time flying and my first time in California,” Moore said. “The conference was a blast. There were students there from all over the country and we listened to some great speakers. My favorite speaker was Billy Jean King. She had a great story to tell. She didn’t really emphasize women’s rights. She emphasized people’s rights and how we shouldn’t discriminate against anyone. She talked about the challenges she overcame to be a professional tennis player and encouraged us to strive to reach our goals.”
Chris Hendrickson of Marion also attended the convention, and he concurred with Moore about King’s speech.
“Seeing Billy Jean King was awesome,” Hendrickson said. “I learned a lot about her, and she gave an inspiring message. I also enjoyed the educational forums. The whole conference was really well done, and it was a great experience.”
Along with Moore and Hendrickson, Christina Boyce (Makanda), Europe Doan (Marion), Ashlee Sanders (Murphysboro), and Anna Buetow (Du Quoin) also went to the convention.
Rose said attending the conference was a wonderful opportunity for the students.
“The students got to take in a lot of information and hear from phenomenal speakers,” Rose said. “They got the chance to get to know each other better and meet other honor students from around the country. It is all about expanding their horizons and letting them know the possibilities of what they can do with their lives.”