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March 3, 2008

Cowley PTK members honored at Kansas Regional Convention


PTK Regional ConventionMembers of Cowley College’s Phi Theta Kappa organization received several awards at the PTK Kansas Regional Convention held February 29-March 2 at Johnson County Community College and the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park.

Cowley College’s Phi Theta Kappa organization was named the Most Improved Chapter in 2007; was recognized as a Five-Star Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in 2007; and received the Sister Chapter Award with Butler Community College.

Nancy Ayers, Cowley College’s PTK north campus advisor, and Melinda Neal, the PTK main campus advisor, received the Horizon Award, which recognizes new advisors.

Neal also received honorable mention for the Paragon Award for new advisors. While, Jillian Tatum received an Achievement in the Arts Award for her sculpture titled “God’s Hand in Creation.”

Other Cowley PTK students at the convention were, Keoki Waipa, Nancy Chisom, Lisa Burns Cody Groves, and Elisha Swope.

The event included keynote speakers, individual break-out sessions, regional business meeting, campaigning and election of regional officers for 2008-09 and an awards banquet and dance on Saturday evening.

Representatives from several universities were available to students throughout the weekend to discuss scholarship opportunities and transfers.

Lisa Burns, Cowley’s executive vice president, ran for alumni relations officer of the Kansas Region, but was defeated by a small margin.

Picture of members and the awards: L to R: Keoki Waipa, Nancy Chisom, Jillian Tatum, Nancy Ayers, Lisa Burns, Elisha Swope, Cody Groves