SWTJC student serving as state officer with Phi Theta Kappa honor society

Email this article 09/18/2013

georgemelchorIt will be a busy school year for SWTJC student George Melchor, Jr., as he continues his term as vice president of the Texas Region of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Melchor was selected by members of the Eta Beta Chapter at SWTJC Uvalde to serve as vice president after the chapter was elected last spring at the Texas Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention held in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

"The way regional elections work is that the chapter runs for an office and then if you win the chapter selects a person to serve," longtime chapter advisor Barbara Blair said. "This is a great experience for George and I know he will do a great job representing SWTJC and the region."

According to Blair, Melchor is the first Eta Beta Chapter member to serve as a state officer in more than 20 years.

Since being elected in March, Melchor has had a busy schedule working with the district officer team to plan a series of events for the 2013-14 school year, as well as attending two international Phi Theta Kappa meetings.

In April, Melchor joined a group of Eta Beta Chapter members who attended the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in San Jose, CA. In May, he was the special guest speaker for Austin Community College's spring induction ceremony.

"I was a little nervous in Austin speaking to a crowd of around 200 students and guests, but everything went well," Melchor said.

On June 17-22, Melchor attended the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Institute at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

"We heard some great speakers at Villanova and I also had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia and New York City during the trip," Melchor said. "I learned so much and saw many wonderful sights. It was an amazing experience."

In July, the state officer team organized and coordinated the Texas Honors Institute at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

"The honors institute at Texas Lutheran was my first time being part of the team that hosted a major event," Melchor said. "We secured speakers and were in charge of all aspects of the conference. I learned so much about leadership and event planning."

Later in the summer, Melchor attended the Texas Leadership Conference Planning Meeting on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The conference is scheduled Oct. 4-6 at TAMU.

"At the planning meeting we had to come up with a theme for the conference and a tentative agenda," Melchor said. "We also pitched our idea for the general sessions and I was the main speaker during this presentation."

Following next month's leadership conference, planning will begin in earnest for the Texas Regional Convention scheduled Feb. 27 through March 2 in Houston.

"There is lots of work to be done this fall and winter to get ready for the state convention, but I am looking forward to working with our team to put on a great event," Melchor said.

In addition to his work as a state officer, Melchor will continue taking classes at SWTJC and working as a tutor for Student Support Services. Melchor received his Associate of Arts degree last spring at SWTJC and was recognized during the commencement ceremony for maintaining a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average in earning his degree.

"Once the opportunity came up to serve as regional vice president, I decided to stay at SWTJC and take more science classes before transferring next fall," Melchor said. "I am still considering several universities. I plan to get my Bachelor's Degree in biology and then work on my Master's Degree possibly in genetics."

Melchor, a 2010 graduate of Uvalde High School, is a first generation college student. He is the son of Jorge and Connie Melchor of Uvalde.

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