RCC Hosts Regional Conference for VA/WV Region Phi Theta Kappa

Rappahannock Community College is proud to host the Summer Leadership Regional Conference for the Virginia/West Virginia Region Phi Theta Kappa, June 28-29.

“The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.”

This conference’s study topic is “Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing and Achieving Change.”

RCC’s Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, Dr. Donna Alexander, opened the conference, inspiring the attendees to be persistent and to be leaders, and in being leaders, be friendly and determined.

The Power of Transformation

Warsaw, Virginia Town Manager Joseph Quesenberry inspired the audience with his personal stories of determination, success and transformation. Quesenberry comes from Patrick County, in western Virginia and became town manager of Warsaw in 2016, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the town. A lively exchange of questions and answers capped off his presentation.

Robin Rich-Coates led the attending in a team-building exercise, in which they had to figure out what was in several numbered bags and what the contents meant to their PTK journey. One of the bags contained sets of Legos, which the attendees had a lot of fun assembling and describing what their creations meant – and what they actually were!

The evening continues with a dinner party sponsored by Grand Canyon University, and breakout sessions and carries over to Saturday where RCC’s Dr. Matt Brent will speak at the general session, sponsored by Sweet Briar College and lunch sponsored by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Phi Theta Kappa Conference at RCC

Phi Theta Kappa Conference at RCC

Dr. Donna Alexander inspires the audience

Dr. Donna Alexander inspires the audience

Robin Rich-Coates leads the attendees in team-building

Robin Rich-Coates leads the attendees in team-building

Asst. Reg. Coord. James Brumbaugh speaks to the attendees

Asst. Reg. Coord. James Brumbaugh speaks to the attendees

Attendees broke into groups to assemble their creations

Attendees broke into groups to assemble their creations

RCC's Therese Johnson worked with her group in team-building exercises

RCC’s Therese Johnson worked with her group in team-building exercises

Careful assembly required!

Careful assembly required!

Joseph Quesenberry

Joseph Quesenberry