Chapter achieves Five Star Status

Increases 5-Star Competitive Edge completion by 3% from 2016

Participates in 100 for 100 Service Project

Participates in Middle States Commits to Complete Week


2017 Regional Hallmark Awards Program

Mission Statement

The Middle States Region Hallmark Awards Program, which reflects the scholarly ideals of Phi Theta Kappa, serves to recognize superior individual and chapter achievement in Society programs. In this program, chapters compete against one another. Participation encourages excellence, reflects fairness, recognizes quality, and leads to enhanced student, advisor, and chapter development.

Hallmark Awards Rubrics 101

2014 Hallmark Rubric Presentation
Learn how foolwing the rubrics is essential to high scoring hallamrk entries


The Middle States Region Hallmark Awards Program is a competitive awards program that recognizes individuals and chapters for excellence in the Society's Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.

For the 2017 Middle States Region Hallmark Awards Program, chapters may report their activities completed from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

The 2017 Middle States Regional Hallmark Awards will be presented at the 30th Regional Convention.


Deadlines for the 2017 Hallmark Awards Program:

December 7, 2016

Applications for Administrator Awards Due
Categories include College Administrator, Gordon, Bennett and Community College State Director Awards

January 11, 2017

Applications for Individual Awards Due
Categories include Chapter Officer Team, Chapter Officer, Chapter Member, Advisor Team, Paragon Advisor, Distinguished Advisor, Continued Excellence Advisor, Regional Officer Team and Regional Officer Awards

January 25, 2017

Applications for Chapter Awards Due
Categories include Honors in Action Project and College Project Awards

All entries are due by 5:00 p.m. CST on the appropriate due date.


For Special Middle States Regional Awards Only (these awards are NOT submitted through my.ptk.org) Due: February 3, 2017

Regional Coordinator Award
Communication Award
Middle States Gold Chapter (based on documented achievements, no paperwork required)
Refer to Regional Goals and Project page


Peer Review

All Chapters have the opportunity to submit their Honors in Action Hallmark entry and College Project Award Entry for review and comments only by a team of Middle States Region Advisors

Submissions of HIA and CP drafts may be submitted for "Peer Review" as soon as chapters have an advanced (almost final) draft complete. Last day to submit for review is January 6, 2017.

MS Advisors will read entries and provide feedback to chapters' entries based on content and adherence to the Hallmark Awards Program rubrics, spelling and overall presentation.

Chapter Advisors will receive feedback via email by January 13, 2017.

The highly recommended "peer review" option provides a framework of an approximate 7-10 days to improve their chapter's entries, if necessary, and submit their final entires via my.ptk.org no later than January 25, 2017 by 5:00 pm CST

Emailing files for Peer Review

All files must be in MS Word Format
All entries must include the following:
Top Left of Page:
Name of Chapter, College and Advisor
Name of Entry

Email Instructions
Subject of email must include Chapter, College and Advisor

Body of the email must include the following information:
Chapter, College and Advisor Name
(If a person other than an Advisor is submitting on behalf of the chapter, at least one chapter advisor needs to be listed at "cc"
Name of the person to receive confirmation that your chapter's email and entries were received, along with email address

Email to:
John Ortiz, Associate Regional Coordinator
cc: Linda Gronberg Quinn, Sarah Iepson

All Peer Review Entries must be received by Janurary 6, 2017

 

Hallmark Award Categories

Honors in Action Project Awards

Chapters may submit one entry which describes one in-depth Honors in Action Project based on an issue of the current Honors Study Topic. Up to 5 chapters may be awarded. Winning chapters will receive Registration Scholarship to the 2017 Middle States Academy & Honors Institute and a plaque. Award Application is submitted via my.ptk.org

College Project Awards

Chapters may submit one entry featuring their College Project, described in Level Three of the Five Star Chapter Development Plan. The purpose of the College Project is to establish a supportive relationship between the chapter and the college administration. Up to 5 chapters may be awarded. Winning chapters will receive Registration Scholarship to the 2017 Middle States Academy & Honors Institute and a plaque. Award Application is submitted via my.ptk.org

The Distinguished Chapter Award

To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project and College Project Award. Selection of the Distinguished Chapters by the Middle States Region will be based on the written entries for these Hallmark Awards. The scores in each of the two Hallmark categories mentioned above will be averaged to determine a chapter's overall ranking.

Individual award entries, such as Distinguished Chapter Officer, Distinguished Advisor, etc., are not taken into account for the purposes of this award. Chapters should not submit separate specific entries for the Distinguished Chapter Awards, since only the stated materials will be considered in the selection process.

As many as 5 chapters to be named Distinguished Chapters at the 30th Annual Middle States Regional Convention. Winning chapters will receive one registration to 2017 Honors Institute-Loyola University-Chicago, Illinois

Middle States Region Hall of Honor Chapter Officer Awards

Hall of Honor Chapter Officers are selected based on the recipients' demonstration of leadership, involvement in chapter programs, friendship with fellow scholars, and enthusiasm for the Society's Hallmarks. Regional Officers are not eligible for this award during their year of tenure. As many as 20 Chapter Officers may be named. Applications for this award are submitted through my.ptk.org.

From the Hall of Honor Chapter Officers, up to 3 recipients will be named Middle States Region Distinguished Chapter Officers. Hall of Honor Chapter Officers will receive a pin for their award. Distinguished Chapter Officers will receive a medallion.

Middle States Region Hall of Honor Member Awards

The Hall of Honor Members are selected based on a student's embodiment of the Hallmarks of the Society, emphasizing participation in Society programs. Members holding elected office at the chapter, regional, or international levels are ineligible for this award.

Team leaders or committee chairpersons may be nominated for this award, if their leadership position is by appointment not election. A student may receive this award only once. As many as 20 Chapter Members may be named. Applications for this award are submitted through <http: target="_blank">my.ptk.org.</http:>

From the Hall of Honor Chapter Members, up to 3 recipients will be named Middle States Region Distinguished Chapter Members. Hall of Honor Chapter Members will receive a pin for their award. Distinguished Chapter Members will receive a medallion.

Advisor Awards

The Paragon Awards for New Advisors

Advisors with four years of service or less may be nominated for the Paragon Award. Years of service will be based upon the advisor's start date reported to Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters. Award-winning advisors are those who make significant contributions to the growth of the individual members, serve as the chapter's advocate on campus, and encourage the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international level of the organization. An advisor may receive this award only once. Applications for this award are submitted through my.ptk.org

The Distinguished Advisor Awards

The criteria are the same as the Paragon Award with the exception that advisors must have served at least four years or more to be nominated for this award. Years of service will be based upon the advisor's start date reported to Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters. An advisor may receive this award only once. Applications for this award are submitted through my.ptk.org

Continued Excellence Award for Advisors

The criteria are the same as the Paragon and Distinguished Advisor Award with the exception that advisors must have already received the Distinguished Advisor Award. Advisors are eligible for this award every other year. Applications for this award are submitted through my.ptk.org

Regional Awards (NOT submitted through my.ptk.org)

Regional Coordinator Award

The Regional Coordinator's Award gives recognition to a College President, College Administrator, or an individual within the community who has demonstrated continued support of the people, programs and priorities of Phi Theta Kappa on the Chapter, Regional and International levels.

Chapter advisors of the Middle States Region are encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation addressed to Pattie Van Atter, Middle States Regional Coordinator that describe the contributions of their College President, College Administrator or community individual. Letters must be received by February 3, 2017. No entry form is required. The award is presented at the Middle States Regional Convention during the Hallmark Awards Gala. Recipient will receive a plaque. Email letter to Pattie Van Atter

Chapter Cheer

New for 2017-Send your chapter cheer videos!<

  • Video your chapter cheer on your college campus and upload to YouTube.com.
  • Upload as UNLISTED video; (youtube video manager settings)
  • Email url once uploaded to Pattie Van Atter

Chapters are encouraged to include their college's signage in video. Cheer must include chapter's Greek name.

Video must not exceed two minutes in length

Props NOT permitted except for college signage.

High quality and/or professional videotaping will not be a factor in judging; this is about fun! Cell phone video, hand-held recorders and/or go-pro videos are absolutley encouraged.

Up to 3 chapters will be recognized for creativity, spirit and overall presentation. First prize chapter will receive Registration Scholarship for 2018 Regional Convention.

Deadline to submit video is March 1st