2020 Ohio Hallmark Guide

released 12/18/17

This year’s deadlines

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 5pm Central Standard Time
Categories include Board of Trustees, College Administrator (vice presidents, deans, etc.)

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 5pm Central Standard Time
Categories include Chapter Officer Team, Chapter Officer, Chapter Member, Advisor Team, Paragon Advisor, Distinguished Advisor, Continued Excellence Advisor

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 5pm Central Standard Time
Chapter Awards (Honors in Action Project and College Project)

Friday, January 31, 2020 5pm Central Standard Time
Regional Awards of Excellence (Regional Officers are collaborating on these)

Friday, January 31, 2020 5pm Central Standard Time
Alumni Award of Appreciation


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society provides the Hallmark Awards Program, recognizing outstanding students, advisors, teams, and projects in our Society. More information is available at ptk.org/hallmarks. Questions about submitting the hallmarks to headquarters should go directly to headquarters.

Similarly, the Ohio Region provides regional Hallmark awards that closely parallel the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmark Awards. The Ohio Region Hallmark Awards follow the same criteria and application process as set down in the Hallmark Awards Program guide by Phi Theta Kappa. Therefore, a chapter choosing to apply for a regional award should copy the hallmark entry(s) and submit a copy to the Regional Coordinator by the published deadlines above.

All Ohio Region Hallmarks will be awarded at the Ohio Region Awards Convention on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Marion Technical College. Advanced registration is required.

Ohio College Administrator Hallmark Awards

The criteria for nominated administrators/presidents/trustees is the same as the headquarters application.

Ohio Individual Hallmark Awards

Student Awards

Most Distinguished Chapter Member Hallmark Award
Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks.
If the entry fulfills the rubrics requirements, each chapter’s nominee will be inducted into the The Order of the Golden Key and the nominee will receive a certificate. If appropriate, the top member in each district is announced. The Ohio Most Distinguished Chapter Member receives a plaque and their chapter receives a check (valued at the early bird registration rate) to register them for the International Convention.

Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Hallmark Award
Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks. If the entry fulfills the rubrics requirements, each chapter’s nominee will be inducted into the The Order of Athena and the nominee will receive a certificate.

If appropriate, the top officer in each district is announced. The Ohio Most Distinguished Chapter Officer receives a plaque and their chapter receives a check (valued at the early bird registration rate) to register them for the International Convention.

Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Hallmark Award
Criteria for this hallmark mat be found on ptk.org/hallmarks.
Each member of the Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team receives a plaque.
Their chapter receives a check (valued at one early bird registration rate) to register one student for the International Convention.

Advisor Awards

Horizon Advisor Awards
These awards are reserved for extraordinary advisors who serve as a host advisor in the past 12 months, serve the region beyond their advising responsibilities, and/or achieve continued excellence with their chapter as an advisor. Certificates from headquarters are presented to each advisor present. No application required.

Charlie Gallucci Appreciative Advising Award

Named after the late Dr. Charlie Gallucci, who served as Columbus State Community College’s advisor. Those who knew him adored him for his humor and constructive approach with people; we now recognize his approach as illustrative of Jenny Bloom’s Appreciative Advising model. The Appreciative Advising Award is a plaque given to an advisor who is observed to best lead their chapter through appreciative advising the past year. No application required.

Advisor Emeritus Award

This award is given to a retiring chapter advisor. Retirement plans should be communicated to the Regional Coordinator by the Ohio Region Scholarship Deadline for consideration. A plaque is provided with a bouquet of white roses to a retiring advisor.

Advising Milestone Award

Recognizes chapter and regional service as determined by chapter, region, alumni, and regional coordinator. This award may not be given each year. A plaque is provided to commemorate the milestone.

Distinguished Advising Team Hallmark Award

Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks.
Each member of the most distinguished advising team wins a plaque.

Dr. John Kesler Paragon Award for New Advisors

Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks as the Paragon New Advisor Award.

Named for second regional coordinator who served the Ohio Region from 1995-2003. This award is given to an advisor with less than four years experience as a chapter advisor and whose inspiration, enthusiasm, dedication, and generous sharing of ideas, time, and energy have given outstanding support to chapter officers and members and have enhanced the image of Phi Theta Kappa.

The Regional Coordinator reserves the right to honor this award if none are nominated to headquarters. A plaque is awarded to the winner; an advisor cannot win this award at the regional level two consecutive years.

Dr. Mary Navarro Most Distinguished Advisor

Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks as the Distinguished Advisor Award.

Named for first regional coordinator who served the Ohio Region from 1987-1995. This award is given to an advisor with more than four years experience as a chapter advisor and whose inspiration, enthusiasm, dedication, and generous sharing of ideas, time, and energy at both the chapter and regional levels have enhanced the image of Phi Theta Kappa.

The Regional Coordinator reserves the right to honor this award if none are nominated. A plaque is awarded to the winner; an advisor cannot win this award at the regional level two consecutive years.

Continued Excellence in Advising Hallmark Award

Criteria for this hallmark can be found at ptk.org/hallmarks as the Distinguished Advisor Award.

This award parallels the Society’s Continued Excellence Award for Advisors.

The Regional Coordinator reserves the right to honor this award if none are nominated. A plaque is awarded to the winner; an advisor cannot win this award at the regional level two consecutive years.

Alumni Awards

Alumni Award of Appreciation

Criteria for this Hallmark is available through the Alpha of Ohio Alumni Association and at ptk.org/hallmarks. The entry should be submitted to both the Regional Coordinator and the Alpha of Ohio Alumni Association Advisor by February 1st. prior to the Ohio Region Awards Convention.

Ohio Chapter Hallmark Awards

College Project Hallmark Awards

Criteria for this Hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks.
The top three chapters receive a plaque as 2nd runner up, 1st runner up, and winner. The chapter with the top scoring College Project additionally receives a check (valued at one early bird registration rate) to register one student for the International Convention.

Honors In Action Projects

Honors In Action Project Theme Awards
Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks.
The top scoring chapter in each theme will receive a trophy.

Honors In Action Project Hallmark Awards
Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks.
The top three chapters receive a plaque as 2nd runner up, 1st runner up, and winner. The chapter with the top scoring Honors In Action project additionally receives a check (valued at one early bird registration rate) to register one student for the International Convention.

Most Improved Chapter Regional Hallmark Award
This chapter is identified by the regional coordinator who has been renewed, revitalized, and/or rededicated in the past twelve months. The following data are utilized to objectively determine engagement: chapter 5 star improvement, competitive edge participation, C4 participation, college fish profile completion, membership acceptance, hallmark participation, and regional leadership & engagement. No application required. The most improved chapter receives a check (valued at one early bird registration rate) to register one student for the International Convention.

Most Distinguished Ohio Region Chapters
Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks.

Top 10 Ohio Chapters
The top 10 Ohio Chapters are announced for bragging rights.

Most Distinguished Chapter by District
The Most Distinguished Chapter for each district is announced in tandem with the Top 10 Ohio Chapters for bragging rights. This is part of the countdown to Ohio’s Most Distinguished Chapter.

Most Distinguished Chapter Award
The top three chapters receive a plaque as 2nd runner up, 1st runner up, and winner. The chapter with the top scoring Honors In Action project additionally receives a check (valued at one early bird registration rate) to register one student for the International Convention.

Regional Awards of Excellence

Region of Excellence Awards
Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks. This is new for 2018 and will be awarded at International Convention. The Regional Officers and Regional Coordinator collaborate on these entries.

Most Distinguished District Representative Hallmark Award
Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks as a Most Distinguished Regional Officer Award. The Regional Coordinator is responsible for writing this hallmark. The prize is a plaque.

Most Distinguished Regional Officer Hallmark Award
Criteria for this hallmark may be found on ptk.org/hallmarks as a Most Distinguished Regional Officer Award. The Regional Coordinator is responsible for writing this hallmark. The Most Distinguished Regional Officer receivesa plaque.

Regional President Award of Appreciation
This plaque is given to the outgoing regional president as a token of appreciation should the president not be the recipient of the distinguished regional officer award.

Flagbearer Award
The Ohio Region has the opportunity to select the flagbearer from Ohio (and sometimes West Virginia) each year. The flagbearer is responsible for carrying their state’s flag during the Ceremony of Flags during the first general session of International Convention in April. It is considered a high honor to represent your home state as our exemplary scholar leader. The flagbearer(s) is announced at regional convention and receives a trophy of appreciation during the regional convention. No application required.

Exemplary Candidate Award
This trophy is awarded to a regional officer candidate who led an honest, kind, and positive campaign. It is determined by the outgoing Vice President and Regional Coordinator with input from the outgoing Regional Officer Team.

Regional Awards

Howdy Bear
This bear is awarded to a new chapter at each Ohio Region Conference or Convention. The award is determined by the district representatives.

Catch A Shining Star Awards
These awards are presented at the Ohio Region Awards Convention recognizing each chapter for a crowning achievement that year.

Most Valuable Member (MVM)
Awarded at each Ohio Region Conference or Convention to a non-officer who is nominated by his/her chapter. Attendance at the conference or convention is required.

To be eligible to apply for regional awards or host a regional program or conference, a chapter must be in good standing with headquarters.