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70th Annual Convention 2017: General Session & Banquet

Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30 p.m.

The General Session will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin. Immediately following the annual banquet, the session will include an address by this year’s Phi Theta Kappa Regional President, Jonas Arellano, as well as a brief business meeting.

To pre-register for the convention and buy a banquet ticket: log-in to the member portal; if you haven’t already done so, renew your membership; select the “Events” tab (under “User Options”) from the left side of the portal; click the “Register” button next to “70th Annual Convention”; and follow the instructions.
You can also download this banquet ticket form, fill it out, and email it to Oscar lugo, or fax it to (512) 328-1086.

“A Systems Approach to Student Success”

Dr. Judith RamaleyDr. Judith A. Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University, will offer the keynote address. Dr. Ramaley has been for many years a noted leader in organizational change in higher education, both as a faculty member and as an administrator. In her work, she has developed meaningful ways to engage people and structures throughout the institution to improve outcomes for students. She has discovered that probing inquiry, and critical dialogue, are key ingredients in creating authentic, lasting change. In her many leadership roles, she has empowered faculty, staff, and administrators by hearing their voices and honoring their contributions to the work of the institution.

In her remarks, Dr. Ramaley will explore strategies for effecting positive change, and suggest ways to find coherence in the disrupted environments in which we operate.

Dr. Ramaley holds an appointment as a Senior Scholar with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is also a member of the board of Second Nature, an organization committed is to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society through the transformation of higher education.

Prior to returning to Portland State University, Dr. Ramaley served as President of Winona State University, in Minnesota. She has served as a Visiting Senior Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences and was Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at The National Science Foundation (NSF). While serving at NSF, Dr. Ramaley also held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and was a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. Dr. Ramaley was President of The University of Vermont (UVM) and Professor of Biology from 1997 to 2001. She was President and Professor of Biology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon for seven years from 1990-1997.