News & Events
November 17, 2011
"Commit to Complete"
Over 300 Cowley students at the Mulvane Bloomenshine Center signed the "Commit
to Complete" banner, demonstrating the commitment to finish their
associate degrees or certificate programs before leaving Cowley.
The "Community College Completion Corps (C4) Project" was sponsored by the Mulvane members of Alpha Gamma Upsilon, Cowley's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
"With Cowley College's current focus on retention and improving graduation rates, we felt that this was the perfect college project for our Phi Theta Kappa chapter,” PTK advisor Nancy Ayers said. All last week,
Cowley's PTK members took turns manning a table in the main lobby of the Mulvane Center, handing out informational brochures and talking to students about the importance of completing their degree or certificate program. Members also offered to find help for students who had run into the common roadblocks of finishing their degree. Black and orange wristbands imprinted with "I'M COMMITTED!" were given out to each student who signed the banner. Also during the week, the chapter held a bake sale with all proceeds going towards the newly endowed Phi Theta Kappa Membership Scholarship at Cowley College.
English and composition students and Phi Theta Kappa members were invited to enter an essay contest, responding to the question "What motivates you to commit to complete your associate degree or certificate program at Cowley College?" The winner of the essay contest was Jeremy Waple, a Phi Theta Kappa member. Jeremy was presented a Target gift card at the chapter meeting on Monday night. He shared parts of his essay with fellow members, crediting Cowley College, and specifically, his instructors, for helping him find direction and the motivation for finishing his degree.
Phi Theta Kappa plans to continue to work with the college in their efforts to improve student retention and increase graduation rates.
All students who have completed 12 hours of non-developmental coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa. Deadline to join this semester is December 1st. There are many leadership, service and scholarship opportunities available to members.