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New Associate Director Spotlight: Tricia Forbes

July 10, 2014

We are excited to welcome a new associate director to the Golden Key team! Tricia Forbes will be overseeing Region 4, which is comprised of upstate New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Get to know her better with this Q&A.


Where are you from?

I was born in Macon, Georgia, but I grew up in Destin, Florida.

Where did you go to school?

I originally attended Florida State University in Tallahassee but then transferred to the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

What did you study?

Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Business.

What are some of your hobbies?

Having grown up by the beach, I love boating, but I also enjoy cooking and yoga.

What is your favorite sport?TriciaForbes_082013_Print-1

College football. Hotty Toddy!

What is your favorite TV show, movie and

TV show: House of Cards

Movie: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Singer: Van Morrison

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?


If you could live anywhere, where would you move to and why? 

San Diego because it’s San Diego.

What are you most scared of?

 Definitely failure.

What excites you most about working at Golden Key?

Having the opportunity to travel to different college campuses and meet new people.

Is there anything else we should know about you? 

I used to be a news reporter, and I went to the Masters and the Super Bowl this year!


2014 North America Key Chapter Award Winners

June 24, 2014

Considered to be one of Golden Key’s most prestigious honors, the Key Chapter Award is presented annually to select Golden Key chapters that have achieved a Gold chapter standard, the highest possible reporting in the Society. In order for a chapter to achieve said status, the chapter must fulfill all activity and service requirements determined by Headquarters; only 25% of the Society achieves this status. Although a chapter must be of Gold status to receive this award, being named a Gold chapter does not necessarily mean that a chapter will be named a Key Chapter. Of the 84 chapters that earned a Gold status in 2014, only 23 will be named a Key Chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year.


The Key Chapter Award Winners in North America are:

      • American Public University
      • Ashford University
      • California State University, Los Angeles
      • Florida International University
      • Metropolitan State University of Denver
      • Norfolk State University
      • Oakland University
      • Pace University, Pleasantville
      • Stony Brook University
      • University of Alabama
      • University of Alberta
      • University of British Columbia
      • University of California- Riverside
      • University of Florida
      • University of Hawaii at Manoa
      • University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez
      • University of Texas- Arlington
      • University of Texas- Dallas
      • University of Texas- El Paso
      • University of Virgin Islands- St. Croix
      • University of Virgin Islands- St. Thomas
      • University of Wisconsin- La Crosse
      • Wright State University


Congratulations to all of our dedicated chapters!

2014 Society Leadership Election Results

June 19, 2014

We’re proud to announce the results of our 2014 Society elections!

International Leadership Council Vice President
Linda Naimi

International Leadership Council Student Member
Roberta (Bobbi) Capps

Council of Student Members, US Region 1 Representative
Nicole Marte

Council of Student Members, US Region 2 Representative
Ian Anderson

Council of Student Members, US Region 3 Representative
Kelvin Chavez

Council of Student Members, US Region 4 Representative
Urmimala Chaudhuri

Council of Student Members, US Region 5 Representative
Zenobia Bey

Council of Student Members, US Region 6 Representative
Billy Gurr

Council of Student Members, US Region 7 Representative
Bradley Mason

Council of Student Members, US Region 8 Representative
Kellie Rollins

Council of Student Members, Canada Representative
Azin Zanganeh

Council of Student Members, Asia-Pacific Representative
Timothy Ng

Council of Student Members, South Africa Representative
Nerissa Smith


Young Entrepreneur Leaves Google to Create Start-Up

June 16, 2014

Some could say that Ryan Hayward is the archetype of a young entrepreneur. Not too long ago, he left his well-established and successful career to pursue his dream of creating a new form of e-commerce that enables users to be involved in the creative process of their purchases. Oh, did we mention that his career was with Google?

ryan HatchSix years ago, as an undergraduate student working towards a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Ryan was approached by Google for a job opportunity. At the time Ryan was still considering the option of going to law school, but later chose to move to San Francisco to start his career with the illustrious company. While on the airplane, he met a fellow University of Pennsylvania graduate and future Google employee– Anastasia Leng. Ryan went on to become a Product Marketing Manager, working on Google AdWords and leading the launch of Google Places, and Anastasia soon after moved to London to work in New Business Development and Product Marketing, which made her responsible for the early-stage partnerships for Google Voice, Wallet and Chrome. Years later Ryan moved to Tokyo to take on the role of managing the Asia-Pacific regional marketing for Google+, which distanced the two to opposite ends of the Earth, literally. As fate would have it, though, the two met at a wedding not long after, which would lead to a future business partnership that would soon conceive their brainchild– Hatch.

Having become fascinated by the culture while living in Tokyo, Ryan noticed that Japanese people had a strong focus on quality rather than quantity; as a people, they had a strong appeal to high-end products and service. Whether it be furniture for their home, a present for a birthday or just dinner at a restaurant, they had a taste for exemplary service and premium-quality products. This appealed to Ryan and became an initial “spark” for the idea of Hatch.Hatch He wanted the products to not only be of high quality but also for them to represent something meaningful, so he came up with a platform for selling top-notch merchandise that is customizable to the consumer’s liking. With makers in eighteen different countries from across the globe, Hatch presents consumers with an experience that is similar to working with independent artisans without the hassle and guaranteed high quality. You can learn more about Ryan and the dream that he pursued at

Six Reasons Why Millennials are The Best Workers

June 11, 2014

In conjunction with Golden Key’s recently established partnership with Collegefeed, we would like to share an article that was shared by the founder and chief executive of Collegefeed, Sanjeev Agrawal.

In recent years, millennials have been the targets of scrutiny and animosity for a number of reasons, whether it be our lethargic approach to work, our sense of entitlement or perhaps just being self-absorbed. Many in Generation X believe that our generation is the worst group of workers in memory, but Sanjeev Agrawal thinks otherwise.

From his time as Senior Director at Cisco Systems to being Global Head of Product Marketing at Google, Sanjeev has employed hundreds of people ranging from recent college graduates to experienced professionals, and he believes that Millennials might actually be the best generation of workers, yet. Here’s why:

  1. Style of Communication

We, as Millennials, grew up in an era when distance did not affect our ability to directly communicate with others. Now we live in a time when long distance communication is so simple we can be a part of it during class lectures or at work, and we can do it without even having to open our mouths. The same cannot be said for Generation X and the Baby Boomers.

While members of older generations struggle to adapt to new services in the office, such as Basecamp, SharePoint or Yammer, Millennials have been exposed to these tools for years. As a generation, we are familiar with communicating in a one-to-many paradigm having grown up during the rise of social media. The capacity to think like this is beneficial for companies that are spread out globally and must rely on interacting in a virtual environment.

  1. Instantaneous Expectations

Many members of older generations complain about how fast the world moves and how Millennials expect everything immediately. Well, turns out this is one of our strongest assets.

While Baby Boomers and Generation X had to wait weeks for critical business documents to be delivered or spend hours researching information, our interpretation of “extensive” research would be going to the second page of Google results. Our approach to work is fast paced and responsiveness is near instantaneous resulting in a more efficient workplace.

  1. Obsession with Technology

Many industries are being forced into adopting web and mobile-first philosophies resulting in a demand for tech-savvy workers that possess skills like coding and programming. Having grown up in a technological age, many Millennials have been more exposed to these skills than older generations, thus, in turn, creating a demand for Millennials. We also have a knack for embracing new technology, as though it is some innate ability that we are born with. Whether older generations admit it or not, Millennials are the bridge to the future.

  1. Train of Thought

Without question Millennials are the most diverse generation in American history. It is expected that minorities, making up roughly one-third of the current U.S. population, will become the majority in the next thirty years. Needless to say, our generation does not just embrace diversity– we expect it.

Diversified workforces are sought after in that it translates into increased creativity, attitude and language skills, problem solving and a more global understanding. By being born into the era that we were, our understanding of society translates into the work environment, which allows for more efficient processes within companies and organizations.


To learn more about why Millennials are the best workers, check out Sanjeev’s article on the Forbes website.


Golden Key members- don’t forget to sign up for Collegefeed to get job offers from hundreds of companies through insider connections.




Mother, Daughter and Son Inducted Into GK At Same Time

June 2, 2014
From left: Jock Duncan (New Member), Amy Duncan (New Member), Sharon Duncan (New Member), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience), Amelia Yip (University Relations Officer), Michael Physick (Chapter Advisor), Jimmy Taing (Chapter President)

From left: Jock Duncan (New Member), Amy Duncan (New Member), Sharon Duncan (New Member), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience), Amelia Yip (University Relations Officer), Michael Physick (Chapter Advisor), Jimmy Taing (Chapter President)


On Friday 9 May 2014, three members of the Duncan family were proudly inducted into Golden Key at the University of Adelaide’s New Member Recognition Event. Sharon Duncan, a Flinders University student studying Paramedic Science, decided to attend the University of Adelaide ceremony so that she could be inducted along with her daughter, Amy, and son, Jock. “We all received our invitation letters in the post at the same time,” said Sharon. “We study different things Amy is topping her subjects in Medical Science (Vision Science/Master of Optometry) and Jock is studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering, as well as being Apprentice of the Year for AiGTS. I am so proud of them.” Congratulations to this brainy family!

Fall 2013 Scholarship Winners

May 29, 2014

This month we’ve announced the recipients of some of our biggest awards from fall of 2013: the Graduate Scholar Award winners ($10,000), the Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship winner ($5,000), and the Education Debt Reduction Award winners ($5,000).  Today, we’re excited to display the recipients of the remaining fall 2013 headquarters awards. These scholarships make up part of the $1,000,000 we award annually to members.

Alumni Professional Development Grant ($1,000):

  • Pamela Stover, Baylor University, United States
  • Olive Aneno, South Carolina State University, United States

Community Service Scholarship ($1,000):

  • Graham Kell, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Joshua Akman, University of Maryland, United States
  • Talita Delport, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Orysya Svystun, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Parmanand Dasrat, The City College of New York, United States

Parmanand PD photo“I would like to express my deepest thanks to the kind people at Golden Key for selecting me for this scholarship. I am grateful for this monetary push in my college education and commend the Society for supporting students like me throughout the years. This scholarship will help to not only support me financially, but also motivate me to continue into a life of service as a physician. As a lifelong resident of New York City, I know what the value of community service is in society and how vital it is. I’ve always felt welcome into Golden Key, from day one at the New Member Recognition Event, where the chapter officers made everyone feel proud and special.”

-Parmanand Dasrat

Golden Key Research Grant ($1,000):

  • Alexandra Galindo, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, United States
  • Brian Squitieri, The University of Oklahoma, United States
  • Gabriel Chernitsky, The University of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Kaitlyn Enright, McGill University, Canada
  • Mathew Hamula, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
  • Rebecca Cross, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Song Zhang, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Ying Qi Winnie Li, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Ying Qi (Winnie) Li photo 350dpi“Receiving this award greatly motivates me to continue conducting research of my interest that I believe will have an impact to the society. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Science (Interdisciplinary Studies) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. My research involves the evaluation of novel biomarkers of health in a group of Australian adults that will have original contribution to multidisciplinary academic fields and will lead to practical use and benefits to the wider community. I am utterly thankful to the society that provide this acknowledgement and to my family and friends who support me in embarking a research journey at the very first end. Making the decision to do a research degree overseas is definitely not an easy one, but with assistance like this, it will turn out to be meaningful and rewarding.”

-Ying Qi Winnnie Li

Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship ($2,500):

  • Lorin Dawson, The University of Mississippi, United States

Outstanding Alumni Award ($1,000):

  • Shanling Yu, LaTrobe University, Australia
  • Kaitlyn Bentley, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

Colour_headshot_-_Kaitlyn_Bentley[1]“I come from a small town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, called Port Elizabeth. Last year I had the privilege of teaching at a small school, called the Human Dignity Centre, which reaches out to the children of a local township. Due to the extreme poverty stricken conditions, many of the learners have fetal alcohol syndrome, are malnourished, etc. and therefore cannot keep up academically. There is a huge need, in not only this school, but all over South Africa, for children such as these to be assed in order to assist them. My intention is to eventually return to the Human Dignity Centre, in order to aid them with performing assessments for the children who have trouble academically in the school. This scholarship will help me towards achieving my goal of obtaining my masters in educational psychology in order to do so. I, therefore, feel very honoured to win the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2013.”

-Kaitlyn Bentley

Study Abroad Scholarship ($1,000):

  • Sarah Llewellyn, The Australian National University, Australia
  • Brandon Kwong, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Kate Poppa, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Nishtha Vashishta, University of Delhi-Lady Sri Ram College, India
  • Adam White, James Madison, United States
  • Jessie Zanutig, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Jacques van der Berg, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Rose Kenyon, George Mason University, United States
  • Akinlolu Makinwa, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

GK Akin2014 Photo“I hereby wish to express my profound gratitude to the Golden Key International Honour Society for selecting me for the 2013 study abroad scholarship award. Thank you for the honour bestowed on my family, my university, my country and me. Winning this award is a confirmation of my call to contribute to the emergent and essential field of youth and family ministry, especially in Africa. It also means, to me, that Golden Key International Society recognizes the fact that all fields of study have the potential to make impact in society. This award will assist me to pursue my quest to be grounded in the study of youth and families in order to become a resource-person for prospective and practicing youth and family ministers in Africa. This award will also help me to collaborate and dialogue with fellow youth and family ministers abroad as we continue to seek effective ways to address the challenges faced by youth and families. The lessons learnt from my study abroad will also contribute to the outcome of my PhD dissertation in Youth Ministry as I seek to identify, analyze and establish the theological foundations of youth and family ministry for a good life-transforming practice.”

-Akinlolu Makinwa

QS World MBA Tour Scholarship ($5,000):

  • Natalie Hatour, University of California, Los Angeles, United States

QS World Grad Tour Scholarship ($5,000):

  • Tatevik Shaboyan, York University, Canada

Tatevik Shaboyan Photo“I feel very privileged to receive the QS World Grad Tour Award. It is a great honour to be recognized for my achievements and dedication to my chosen career path. This award will help me financially through the Doctor of Optometry Program, which is a very focused field. It requires extensive knowledge and sharp clinical skills, which are developed through four years of schooling. Receiving this award is a motivation to continue learning and refine my clinical skills, in order to provide high quality patient care. The award also brings pride to my family, friends, and community, who have supported me throughout the years. I will continue to uphold Golden Key’s pillars of Academics, Leadership, and Service, by spreading awareness of eye health and regular eye exams. This includes both local programs and international mission trips to developing countries, to provide eye-care in underserved communities around the world. I would like to extend a thank-you for this generous award, which will allow me to continue these initiatives.”

-Tatevik Shaboyan

Congratulations to the winners!


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