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Back in Business: What to Expect at Our Upcoming 2022 State Conference

Is it your first time attending the State conference in a while? Or are you a new student or advisor who hasn’t been to an in-person conference since the beginning of COVID? Read here to find a little more about our upcoming State Conference. (Including advice for new Advisors and Students)

Engaging with Your Community

Competing in events is an important aspect of TSA, but there are many benefits to interacting with other students, parents, and children as a club. Here are a few ways to get involved with your community outside of your own TSA chapter.

Spring Regional Newsletters

Hey PA-TSA! Check out the Spring Regional Newsletters from Regions 1&6, 3, and 5, created through the Regional Representatives Committee.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1k3eCBW7zrqxQET7fKLyWU2lKt2-xABSp…

Reserved Seating at States

Hey PA-TSA!

 

Are you interested in winning reserved seating for your chapter at States? This year, we’ll be holding a raffle for reserved seating! Here’s how you can start earning tickets for your chapter:

 

Finishing SOT Initiatives

Working on initiatives as a state officer for PA-TSA has been the most rewarding experience of my TSA career. When I was elected last year, I had specific ideas to improve our organization that I was extremely passionate about. It is crazy to be able to say that by the state conference this year, we will have completed every one of the goals I committed to last year.

1,000 Miles Later...

Normally, I spend January to early February only worrying about my own regional conference. This year, I went to three—one each week on top of still competing and being heavily involved within my own region. You might be wondering if I’m going insane, and I was definitely considering it. Who wouldn’t? Waking up at 4 am almost every week, spending hours in the car, and trying to find time for schoolwork in between it all isn’t fun. However, if given the choice, I’d do it all over again without hesitation. 

Virtual PA-TSA Special Interest Sessions

Hey PA-TSA! I hope that all your regional conferences went well. This year, we will be hosting several virtual special interest sessions for members from anywhere in the state. They will be held on February 20th, all using the same Zoom info below. The schedule is also listed below. Please contact president [at] patsa.org with any questions. We hope to see you all there! 

 

1 - 2pm: TSA/STEM Trivia

2:15 - 3:15pm: Running for State Office

PA-TSA Discord Server

Hey PA-TSA!

 

I’m excited to announce the official launch of the PA-TSA Discord server!  The purpose of this server is to allow for cross-chapter collaboration, let the SOT send out announcements both before and at the State Conference, and give members a space to ask questions. Click here to be directed to a Google Form. At the end of this form will be the link to the Discord server. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

NSP: Fundraising Crash Course

Written by the NSP Social Media and Outreach Subcommittee led by Melanie Gerko. 

Fundraising is very important because it helps you attend conferences, fund chapters, and allows us to donate to the American Cancer Society. Within the current state of the world, it is important to understand and utilize tools that allow us to fundraise both in person and online. 

Back in Buisness: Preparing for an Interview

Hi PA-TSA, I hope all of you are doing well, and are excited for your regional conferences! For many, this may be your first in-person conference, or at least your first in a while, so I’d like to offer some tips for any of you that have interviews or presentations. Also, don’t forget that you can find other tips and resources in the “Event Resources” section of the PA-TSA website!

Winter Regional Newsletters

Hello PA-TSA,

See the attached regional newsletters created through the Regional Representatives Committee and the Comunications and Promotions Committee, for regions 1/6, 3, and 5.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BD9obDO1g3wkmscGbm0Qse4oqpuH46Wr…

Team Bonding Outside of TSA: The SOT’s Trip to Hershey

Hey PA-TSA, happy new year! Over the winter break, members of the SOT rested up, but we also took a day trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania on January 1st. Though most of the SOT trips we go on are for PA-TSA, such as the Cabin Trip or Board of Directors meetings, we went to Hershey solely to bond as a team. Here’s how my day went. 

Engaging With The PA-TSA Community from the Regional Perspective

Hey PA-TSA! As we test the waters for a return to in-person conditions, it is important to be reminded of the PA-TSA community and how we can engage with it, especially on the regional level. Let’s hear what the Lead Representatives have to say about fundraising, sustainability, and collaboration!

ACS Fundraising - By Regions 1&6 Lead Representative Kendall Coddington

Curing a Case of Senioritis

I think we’ve all either seen it or experienced it ourselves. A senior gets into college (or simply just sees the end of their school career in sight), and suddenly has no motivation to complete the work for their classes. As a senior myself, I’ve been on the brink of senioritis a few times, so here are some of my best tips on how to avoid it. 

 

To the New Members: Making the Most of TSA

Have you just joined TSA and need help figuring things out? If so, I have some tips to ensure you make the most of your TSA experience.

The Cabin Trip 2021

By: Zane Al-Saleem

This year, the PA-TSA officers were invited to go on a leadership cabin trip in the wilderness of Pennsylvania. I am not usually a fan of the outdoors, but I did have fun spending time with new and old friends.

How's It Going?

How are you doing? Be honest. If you’re doing well, great! If not, that’s okay—you’re not the only one. 

Virtual Chapter Representative Meetings (2021-22)

Hey PA-TSA! I’m excited to announce the return of the Virtual Chapter Representative Meetings. These meetings were started last year as a way to connect the SOT to the members. Each chapter is allowed to send 1-3 representatives to the meeting. We will discuss topics ranging from conferences to SOT committees, and we will even have an informal Q&A section! This year, we want to hear from YOU as to when these Zoom meetings should be held. Please fill out this form and let us know your thoughts!

Pin Design Contest

Do you like pin trading at nationals? Do you enjoy graphic design? If you answered yes to both of these questions then you’re in luck! I’m incredibly excited to announce the first-ever PA-TSA pin design contest. Submissions for this contest will be open from November 8th, 2021 to December 20th, 2021. Rules for this contest can be found here.

Forming the Ultimate Team

By Rik Bhattacharyya

 

With the school year going ahead full steam, most chapters are starting to meet and beginning to
work on events. This year has been particularly interesting since many chapters have not met in-
person for a whole year. We can all agree that team building is very important and as we start
preparing for regionals, I’d like to share a few tips I have learned personally to forming a team that
both performs well during competitions but also has a tremendous amount of fun while preparing.

Member Chosen PA-Only Event Info

By James Coppersmith

On Writing Minutes

A guide to writing minutes for newly elected Secretaries. Includes a structured layout of minutes, a model example, and an analysis of that example.

What We've Learned From Remote Learning

Now that we have situated into the new school year and have access to in-person learning, it is important to reflect on what we have learned from our times on Zoom and our online conferences, and how we can use this to maximize our upcoming year. Last year, though the Pennsylvania TSA community did not get to gather together at Seven Springs, we managed to stay in school, compete in our events, and proudly represent ourselves as a delegation at our 2021 National Conference, even through a screen.

2021 President's Welcome

Greetings, PA-TSA! Over the past year, there have been many analogies used in an attempt to describe our world amidst a global pandemic. From a rollercoaster ride to the pineapple on pizza debate, these metaphors barely scrape the surface of everything that has happened during these ever changing times. But as guidelines are being lifted and the world is slowly shifting back to a new normal, I am choosing to think optimistically about the future.

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2021 Business Meeting Minutes

2021 Business Meeting Minutes

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