Embassy Suites North Charleston
Airport/Hotel & Convention
5055 International Boulevard
North Charleston, South Carolina, 29418
USA TEL: 1-843-747-1882
Southern charm, history and culture, marine life and coastal beauty— All of these terms apply to magnificent Charleston, South Carolina, which is the setting for the Phi Eta Sigma National Convention and Leadership Workshops scheduled for October 10-12, 2014. Embassy Suites Charleston Area Convention Center will be the host hotel, with our meetings and workshops taking place in the spacious convention center facilities.
As always, Phi Eta Sigma handles all hotel reservations, group meals during the convention, and special activities away from the hotel. The honor society also covers the registration expenses (including housing, group meals, and special activities) for one chapter adviser and one student delegate from each active chapter. Additional attendees will be required to pay a registration fee. Convention attendees will register through Phi Eta Sigma only (not through the hotel). All attendees (or their chapters) are responsible for their own transportation to Charleston.
Advisers, please share this information with your chapter members and begin making plans now for your chapter to be represented at the 2014 convention. Complete details about registration and event logistics will be provided next spring, but advance planning is key for you and one or more of your chapter members to be able to attend. So be sure to designate chapter funds this year toward next year’s convention travel expenses (or solicit financial assistance from your university), then determine which of your chapter members are available to experience this exciting weekend event with you. Mark your calendars now!
Phi Eta Sigma seeks to “give back” in a special way to the areas in which our national conventions are held every two years. During 2011-12, several chapters held fundraisers to benefit special needs education and support the national philanthropy. At the 2012 convention in Salt Lake City, the student members of the Executive Committee presented a check for $5,000 to the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg chapter raised $500 of that total through t-shirt sales and other activities. That chapter’s effort received the award for “Best Philanthropy” at the convention awards luncheon.
Spearheaded by the student members of the national Executive Committee, the 2013-14 national philanthropy will be after school programs and will focus on WINGS for Kids. Based in Charleston (the site of our 2014 national convention), WINGS has the following mission statement:
The vision of WINGS is that all kids will develop social and emotional skills so they can be successful in life. Our mission is to teach these skills – how to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships - to elementary school age kids. We do this by weaving a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum into a fresh and fun after school program. Kids get the life lessons they need to succeed and be happy and they get a safe place to call home after school.
To learn more about this outstanding after school program that is making such a positive impact in the lives of so many young students, visit www.wingsforkids.org.
Chapter advisers, please share this information with your chapter officers and other leaders in order for your chapter to be a part of this national philanthropy effort. Guide them in developing projects to raise funds for WINGS and to assist with local after school programs in your area. Next spring your chapter will have the opportunity to send in your contribution to the national philanthropy project for WINGS and to submit a summary of your philanthropy efforts. Maybe your chapter’s project will be selected as “Best Philanthropy” and recognized at the 2014 national convention in Charleston.