Below are the candidate bios for officer positions for the 2014-2015 school year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to run. Officer elections will be held on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 2:30pm in PLM 220 Main and Bldg B 339 North.
Candidate for President of Phi Theta Kappa – Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter
My name is Monique LaValley, and I am a current Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa. I began my time at Wake Tech as an Early College high school student and returned in the Spring of 2013. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and hope to transfer to NC State for the fall of 2015. In addition to Phi Theta Kappa, I participate in Wake Tech’s Honors Program, Service Learning Program, Wake County’s Teen Health Advisory, Tobacco Reality Unfiltered, and Sigma Alpha Pi. I have held various leadership positions within these programs in the past, but I would like to further dedicate my time and skills to our chapter. I believe that Phi Theta Kappa is an opportunity to become connected to our school and join a community of motivated individuals. Regardless of whether or not I am voted the next President of the Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter, I would like to address the following goals for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year:
· Seek Increased Chapter Status: We are currently a one star chapter. I believe it is fair to expect at least a three star status for the upcoming year. I know, I know why not go for gusto? The five stars? Sure we could, but my focus is on creating sustainability and repeatability to build upon for future years. We need to create a foundation for our chapter to grow upon. Then we can then efficiently seek five star status yearly despite officer and member turnover.
· Chapter Organization: This is a topic which has been stressed this semester. I would like this goal to come to light. Various Wake Tech organizations currently utilize a website called OrgSync. Students are able to log in with their Wake Tech accounts: communication can flow freely between members, there is a calendar, polls can be given for event times, and files can be stored. This will allow the chapter to maintain records for future viewing with minimal maintenance and easy access for all.
· Bridge the Campus Gaps: I would like to resolve the challenge of bridging the campus gaps in an effort to draw more committed members. I believe this could be done by holding a simple social gathering or team building day for members each semester. Perhaps it has even been intimidating for some of you to attend a meeting where you do not know anyone. I am sure we can all agree that we are far more dedicated and comfortable once we have become acclimated to a group of individuals.
Candidate for President of Phi Theta Kappa – Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter
My name is Rod Mendoza, and I plan to attend one more year at Wake Tech. I am proud to have served this year as the Main Campus VP. I am working to get my Masters in HIstory and teach at Jr Colleges within our country. I have been a member of our Chapter and know that we need to get more out your PTK experience. I will have one year under my belt as a officer and can be conduit for the new incoming classes in 2014-15 year. I am a part-time student and full time worker with Butterball, LLC as a production manager, but I continue to learn and grow. I hope that I can get the opportunity to be your representative as the chapter president. I just need your support with your vote. Thanks again.
Candidate for Vice President of Health Science Campus, Phi Theta Kappa – Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter
My name is Mitchell LaValley, and I am interested in becoming the Vice President of Health Science campus. I was an early college student and am familiar with the campus despite currently attending main. This is my second semester at Wake Tech and I am working towards an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Engineering. After receiving my associate’s degree, I plan on transferring to NC State in the fall of 2016 to major in Mechanical Engineering. Although I am currently participating in Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Pi, Wake Tech’s Honors Program, and Service Learning Program, my true passion is making a difference in my community by volunteering. During the past month, I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity three times. I have enjoyed the opportunity of meeting other groups whom are dedicated to making a difference in our community. I believe if our chapter becomes more involved in our community, we will raise positive awareness for our school and chapter members will feel more connected with each other. During our last few meetings, we have discussed different volunteer opportunities—one of which being the Miracle League. I felt this was a great opportunity for our chapter to get involved and have fun at the same time. I contacted the volunteer coordinator; however, there were no longer openings to volunteer. Despite the unfortunate outcome, contacting the volunteer coordinator allowed our chapter to open up a line of communication with the organization that will allow us to volunteer in the future. In order for our chapter to be successful, I believe we need to pursue different volunteer opportunities, become a more cohesive group, and continue to work towards the Five Star Chapter Plan which will increase member interest in our group. I feel as a Vice President I could handle these objectives. I look forward to being inducted this semester, and if elected vice president I will work towards implementing these changes.
Candidate for Publicity Secretary of Phi Theta Kappa – Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter
Greetings! My name is Korey Butler, and I am twenty-nine year old second semester student at Wake Tech’s North Campus. I am a full-time student that boasts a 4.0 GPA. I am majoring in Mass Communications and hope to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2016. Once I complete my undergrad degree, I intend to continue my studies at UNC Chapel Hill and enter into the Law & Mass Communication Dual M.A. / J.D. degree program. It would be a great pleasure and honor to serve as the Publicity Secretary Officer for Phi Theta Kappa because I enjoy communicating with my peers, informing the public, and building peer relationships. Prior to attending Wake Tech, I served as a communications specialist to Janet Cowell, the State Treasurer of North Carolina. I served in this exciting role for over four years and recently left in hopes of furthering my career by obtaining my degree. In my role I gathered information for, updated, and maintained social media sites, blogs, and departmental newsletters. In addition, I assisted in the preparation of speeches, press releases, and handled constituent/media inquiries. I believe I could bring my previous experience to Phi Theta Kappa and ensure that current and future members are always up to date with relevant information in a timely manner. I especially enjoy utilizing social media as a vehicle to communicate with my peers because it is timely and effective! I am a reliable, organized, and cooperative team player. I would be honored to help promote and further any communication initiatives of Phi Theta Kappa and also serve my peers in the process.