The Honors in Action Academy Survival Guide


*Note: All events are in Lynchburg, VA

Hilton Garden Inn, 4025 Wards Rd.
Liberty University, 1971 University Blvd.
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Park in the Parking Garage (no passes required) and follow the PTK signs.


Registration for the Honors in Action Academy will be handled by co-host Danville CC. There will be a registration table where you can get a packet of information and nametag at the Hilton Garden Inn between 5:30 and 7:30pm on Thursday, October 19. Registration materials will also be available at Liberty University Science Hall at the Friday evening session which begins at 7:30pm.


Plan to attend all general sessions and seminar group meetings. Please be on time - you just might win a door prize! Special thanks to co-hosts Northern Virginia CC - Alexandria for providing the door prizes. If you have 100% attendance at the programs and seminar group meetings, you will receive a Certificate of Participation.


Students often rate the seminar groups as the best part of the Honors in Action Academy experience. The seminar groups meet for discussion immediately after most of the programs. You will meet four times for about an hour throughout the weekend with the same seminar leaders and students. Remember that discussions should focus on the Honors Study Topic, "How the World Works: Global Perspectives.” Be an active part of your group and get to know your seminar leaders and the members of your group. Each seminar group is asked to help wrap-up the weekend with Seminar Reflections of the Academy on Sunday. More details will be given to you during your seminar group meetings. Special thanks go to the faculty advisors and alumni members who are serving as Seminar Leaders.


Chapters are asked to bring a symbol relating to the history and culture of the region where their community college is located. The regional officers will be creating a large map of the region to display with the symbols. Be prepared to have a chapter spokesperson briefly tell why that symbol was chosen.


The VA/WV Region is committed to giving back. This year the service project will support the Phi Theta Kappa Hurricane Relief Fund to help community college students in Texas and Florida stay in school. We are having a raffle! Tickets will be $5 or 5 for $20 and will only be sold during HIAA. The region will match the amount raised. Grand prize is $100 Amazon Gift Card!


The Honors in Action Academy will take “Peace and War” tour of Central Virginia on Friday morning. The tour bus will depart the Hilton Garden Inn at 8am. The first stop will be Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park. The second stop will be at the D-Day Memorial. A box lunch will be provided before the D-Day Memorial tour. The admission tickets and lunch are provided as part of your registration.


Friday afternoon is free time to explore Lynchburg. A Visitor’s Guide will be provided to you at registration. <./p>

You may also wish to visit the Snowflex on the Liberty University Campus. They have indoor snow tubing and other fun stuff. You are responsible for the ticket cost. Click for further information.


Don’t forget to prepare a short response (a cheer, clever way to say hello, etc.) for the roll call of chapters on Friday night! Let’s show some spirit, Virginia/West Virginia Region!


All faculty advisors are invited to eat breakfast and meet with the Virginia/West Virginia Regional Coordinator on Saturday morning at 7:30am in the Sweetbriar Room at the Hilton Garden Inn. Pick up your breakfast in the lobby and then come to the meeting space.


The Honors in Action Academy will be attending a performance of “Wait Until Dark” at the Tower Theater on the Liberty University campus. You are expected to dress appropriately - dressy casual or business attire The ticket is included in your registration fee.


Don Koch, International Vice President of Division 1, will be representing Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters and will be our special guest for the weekend. Be sure to welcome Don and show off the outstanding Virginia/West Virginia Region’s fellowship. He would love to have his picture taken with you and to get some great hugs!


The hotel has free internet access in all guest rooms.


Each participant in the Honors Institute will receive a pin especially designed for the institute when you register. If you or your chapter would like to buy additional pins, the cost is $2.00 and they are available from Robin Rich-Coates.


Our host for the Honors in Action Academy is the Liberty University Transfer Admission Counselors will make a short presentation during the Friday evening session and have an information table. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about transferring to the LU and thank them for making all of the campus arrangements for us.


Special thanks to the alumni for serving as Seminar Leaders, providing HIAA scholarships and presenting a workshop. You are the best!

The Alumni will meet for a special session on Thursday, October 19 at 9pm in the Sweetbriar Room at the Hilton Garden Inn.


Dress is casual for the weekend except for Saturday evening as noted above. There will be a moderate amount of walking on the Liberty University campus and on Friday’s field trip so bring comfortable shoes. The weather is unpredictable - be prepared for warm or cool in October.


The Hilton Garden Inn provides breakfast each morning.
The Hospitality Suite will have snacks and drinks late night after the sessions. Thanks to New River CC for serving as the Hospitality Suite co-host.
Lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday.
Pizza will be provided on Thursday evening before the session.


Smoking is not allowed in any of the meeting rooms or sessions, or in the Hospitality Suite.


***Please remember that you are a member of an honor society and should behave in a responsible manner. Conduct yourself in an appropriate manner as you are representing your college, your chapter, and Phi Theta Kappa as a whole.

***Adequate sleep is essential for surviving the weekend--try to get a good night's rest. There will be other quests staying in the hotel-please respect late night quiet time.

***Alcohol consumption by underage persons is unacceptable. There will be no alcohol at the Thursday night or Friday night fellowship activities. Use of illicit drugs will not be tolerated. Persons violating these policies will be sent home at their own expense.

***All persons attending the Honors in Action Academy must be properly registered by the chapter to which they belong or an appropriate alumni chapter, and sanctioned and confirmed by the faculty advisor of that chapter, or be a part of the official program. All other persons may be asked to leave the meetings and activities of the Honors in Action Academy. Please wear your nametag to all Honors in Action Academy activities.


I love the VA/WV Region of Phi Theta Kappa! The region is an outstanding one because of the cooperative spirit and hard work of the faculty advisors, alumni and students. Special thanks to the Regional Coordinators, Regional Officers, Seminar Leaders, Alumni Members, and Co-Host Chapters. The Honors in Action Academy is an excellent way to demonstrate that Phi Theta Kappa puts scholarship first and puts honors in action. Thank you for your participation and for making the Honors in Action Academy a meaningful experience!