Phi Theta students attend leadership and honors conference

Group photo with Governor Ariyoshi

Former Hawai’i Governor George Ariyoshi was the keynote speaker at the Annual Pacific Regional Leadership and Honors Conference in September. Here, Ariyoshi poses with Phi Theta Kappa members from Hawaii Community College.

Hawai‘i Community College’s Alpha Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society attended the Annual Pacific Regional Leadership and Honors Conference held on Sept. 28-29, 2012 at Leeward Community College.

Four student representatives, one student alumnus and two advisors participated in the conference and facilitated a leadership activity.

The weekend was filled with leadership development activities, stimulating small-group discussions and informative speakers.  Delegates from all of the UH Community Colleges, Heald College and the College of Micronesia represented their chapters.

The conference keynote speaker was former State of Hawai‘i Governor George Ariyoshi, who devoted 32 years in public service for Hawai‘i.

The Governor was sincere and humble, and shared his wisdom openly. His speech had our representatives listening intently. The Governor’s message was straightforward: demonstrate fairness in all that you do, be honest, and stand up for your values even when it is not easy.

Ariyoshi gave the group examples of how he was challenged and how he has accomplished these things in life.  Our Phi Theta Kappans soaked in his words of wisdom, and two of our student representatives were invited to Governor Ariyoshi’s table for lunch.  That is an experience they will never forget. This opportunity was priceless, and his knowledge and wisdom continues to inspire our Phi Theta Kappa students.

— By Marcy Martinez

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