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January 15, 2010


Cowley students named to All-Kansas Academic Team

 

Four Cowley College students will be among 49 of the top community college scholars recognized for their academic accomplishments in an award ceremony held Feb. 18 at the Ramada Inn Hotel in Topeka.

These scholars have been named to the 2010 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents.

Phuong Huynh and Aubrey Lyman from Cowley’s Arkansas City campus, and Gregory Anderson and Rebecca Johnson from its Mulvane Center, will be recognized in an award ceremony that draws educators and lawmakers each year.

Each scholar was selected by his or her own community college for the statewide academic team, and each also is a nominee for the 2010 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Huynh, who was named Cowley’s November Student of the Month, has a cumulative 4.0 grade point average and is majoring in accounting.

Lyman is an elementary education major that has a 3.85 GPA. While, Anderson (3.84 GPA) and Johnson (4.0 GPA) are majoring in engineering and liberal arts/English, respectively.

Students selected for the 2010 All-Kansas Academic Team are listed as follows:

  • Cowley College-Arkansas City
    • Phuong Huynh
      Transfer Institution: Northern Illinois University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Co-President; Phi Beta Lambda President; President of Students Honoring All Diverse Ethnicities Club; Math and Science Club member; Cowley Student of the Month; Awards recipient at PBL State Conference; Academic Civic Engagement Through Service Club; volunteer for Manna Ministries, Ark City Clean-up Project
    • Aubrey Lyman
      Transfer Institution:  Wichita State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Service; Academic Civic Engagement Through Service Club President; Young Democrats President; Student Government Association Representative; Peers Advocating Wellness Among Students member; TRIO Program member; America Reads Program volunteer; Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Cowley College – Mulvane
    • Gregory Anderson
      Transfer Institution: Wichita State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Scholarship; Cowley College Mulvane Math and Science Club Vice President
    • Rebecca Johnson
      Transfer Institution:  University of Central Oklahoma
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Executive Vice President; Angel Tree Project Chair; Daisy Scout Co-Leader and Recycling Project Chair; Kansas Region Phi Theta Kappa Achievement in Literature Honorable Mention; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; YMCA Soccer Coach
  • Allen Community College – Burlingame
    • Megan Burkholder
      GPA: 4.0
      Major: Elementary Education
      Transfer Institution: Washburn University
      Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa member; coordinated fund-raisers for Lou Gehrig Disease Foundation; Worship and Children’s Ministry Leader at church
    • Jonathan Vincent
      GPA:  3.88
      Major: Exercise Physiology
      Transfer Institution: Washburn University
      Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa member; Topeka Young Life Leader; Church Youth Group member; participant in service trip to orphanage in Haiti
  • Allen Community College – Iola
    • Christopher Nungesser
      GPA: 3.94
      Major: Biology
      Transfer Institution: Missouri Southern State University
      Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Scholarship; full-time EMT; Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks seasonal worker
  • Barton Community College
    • Ethan Deckert
      GPA: 4.0
      Major: Pre-medicine
      Transfer Institution: Undecided
      Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President; Student Senate President; men’s tennis team member; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; America’s Promise volunteer
    • Hannah Voelker
      GPA: 3.81
      Major: Early Childhood/Business
      Transfer Institution: Emporia State University
      Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Publicity Co-Chair; Community Student Organization Publicity Chair; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Jack Kilby Science Day volunteer; tutor at local elementary school; volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters toy drive; participant in Phi Theta Kappa food drive and other projects
  • Brown Mackie Community College – Lenexa
    • Amber Huser
      GPA:  3.97
      Major:  Nursing
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President; President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls; volunteer for No Kill Animal Shelter, Parks Sims–City Union Mission, Respect Life, Pink Bud Nursing Home, Golden Years Village
  • Butler Community College – Andover
    • Luis Carbajal
      GPA: 3.78
      Major: Political Science/Pre-Law
      Transfer Institution: Wichita State University
      Accomplishments: Kansas Region Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Correspondence; Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President and Officer; Hispanic American Leadership Organization member; Sustainability Team member; Foundations of Excellence All Students Dimension Team member; coordinator for Homecoming and Spring Fling dances, International dinner, and campus aluminum can recycling; Leadership Summit participant; Grizzly Leadership Academy participant; Emerging Leader Award; Leadership Recognition Certificate recipient; President’s Honor Roll
    • Loren “L.T.” Honse
      GPA:  3.90
      Major:  Pre-Engineering
      Transfer Institution:  Wichita State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Butler Community College – El Dorado
    • Lisa Hickel
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Liberal Arts and Science
      Transfer Institution:  Kansas State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Officer of Scholarship; participant in Relay for Life, Better World Books, Adopt-A-Highway, Symphony of the Flint Hills fund-raiser, Butler Sustainability Team, Grizzly Leadership Academy, Lead Diversity Summit; President’s Honor Roll
    • Miranda Smith
      GPA:  3.90
      Major:  Pre-Med/Physician’s Assistant
      Transfer Institution:  Wichita State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; Grizzly Ambassadors Vice President; Breast Cancer Boot Camp Project Team Chair; CRU member; participant in Leadership Summit and Grizzly Leadership Academy; Emerging Leader Nominee; Co-Curricular Service Learning Award recipient; President’s Honor Roll; volunteer for Global Youth Service Day, Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, United Way, Mid-CAP, Butler Women’s Fair, Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award Dinner
  • Cloud County Community College – Concordia
    • Scott Henry
      GPA:  3.97
      Major:  Agronomy
      Transfer Institution: Kansas State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; Chemistry Peer Tutor; participant in Soils and Crops Judging Teams; Dean’s Honor Roll; Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree.
    • Patrick Schulte
      GPA:  3.83
      Major:  Pre-Medicine
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; men’s basketball team member; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Peer Tutor; Resident Assistant; volunteer for highway clean-up and Moose Lodge Thanksgiving Dinner; Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Cloud County Community College – Junction City
    • Anita Pritchett
      GPA:  3.84
      Major:  Elementary Education
      Transfer Institution:  Kansas State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President; Campus Crusade for Christ Treasurer; TRIO Program; Quiz Bowl Team member; Peer Tutor; mission work in Mexico; volunteer in many areas at church; Rotary Student of the Month – January 2009; President’s Honor Roll
    • David Ramirez
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Pre-Dentistry
      Transfer Institution:  Fort Hays State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Leadership; Student Representative for the college; Peer Tutor; TRIO Program; volunteer for 4-H Senior Citizen Program, Valley View, and Templo la Hermosa; Dean’s and President’s Honor Roll
  • Coffeyville Community College
    • William Fulls
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Political Science/International Relations Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Kansas Region Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Southern District; Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President and Provisional Members and Presidential Scholars Liaison; International and Kansas Region Distinguished Phi Theta Kappa member; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; CCC Outstanding Student of the Month; CCC Honors Program student; CCC Strategic Planning Committee; participant in National Defending the American Dream Summit, Tallgrass Prairie National Park Volunteer Day, many Phi Theta Kappa service projects
    • Falicia Mansfield
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Secondary Education
      Transfer Institution:  Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Co-Vice President of Scholarship; CCC Outstanding Student of the Month; CCC Show Choir member; assisted with Phi Theta Kappa fund-raisers;  participant in National Defending the American Dream Summit, Reading Is Fundamental, Junior Advisory Council, many Phi Theta Kappa service projects; President of South Coffeyville 4-H Club; Friends of Brown Mansion member
  • Colby Community College
    • Katherine Jones
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Music
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President; Honor Choir; Sunflower Singers; Pep and Concert Band member; Compressive Learning Center Tutor; Art Club member; volunteer for clothing drive, “Kids Cooking Program,” quilting projects, many other service projects related to her student organization memberships; President’s Honor Roll; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
    • Aireus Stephenson
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Pre-Law/Criminal Justice
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; men’s basketball team captain; participant in CCC March Madness, Just Say No to Drugs, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Halloween Party; Colby All-Academic Scholar; KJCAA All-Academic Team member; President’s Honor Roll; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
  • Dodge City Community College
    • Phuoc Bui
      GPA:  3.91
      Major:  Pre-Pharmacy
      Transfer Institution:  Kansas State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President; Student Government Association President/Treasurer/Representative; Hispanic American Leadership Organization member; Academic Challenge Team member; Peer Tutor; participant in many Phi Theta Kappa service projects; President’s Honor Roll
    • Pamela Maynez
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Pre-Med
      Transfer Institution:  University of Kansas
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Scholarship; Peer Tutor; cheerleader; participant in campus blood drive and community pumpkin carving; Homecoming Candidate; President’s Honor Roll Fort Scott Community College – Fort Scott
    • Chioma Okoronkwo
      GPA:  3.67
      Major:  Physical Therapy
      Transfer Institution:  Hogeschool, Van, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
      Accomplishments:  Men’s basketball team and track and field team member; Student Support Services participant; President’s Ambassadors; Honor Roll
    • Megan Wyman
      GPA:  3.6
      Major:  Undecided
      Transfer Institution:  University of Missouri – Kansas City
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President; Homecoming Dance coordinator; Homecoming Candidate Runner-Up; volunteer for Community Blood Drive, Earth Day, Clean-Up Projects, Canned Food Drive
  • Fort Scott Community College – Miami County
    • Dustin Olson
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Art Therapy/Graphic Design
      Transfer Institution:  Ottawa University or Emporia State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President and Vice President; Miami County Campus Ambassadors Vice President and Secretary; volunteer for local thrift store that supports a shelter; volunteer for “Roots Festival”
    • Josh Brend
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Mathematics and Computer Science Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Public Relations and Secretary; Miami County Campus Ambassadors Vice President and Secretary; Eagle Scout; member of 4–H and Church Youth Group; math tutor
  • Garden City Community College
    • Johanna Diaz
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Biology
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Scholarship; tutor; Student Support Services; mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; volunteer for Christmas Box Project, Recycling Project, Phone-A-Thon, Garden City Homestead Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lee Richardson Zoo, Hispanic Christian Church
    • Kasyn Scott
      GPA:  3.75
      Major:  Psychology
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Service; Concertmaster/First Chair Clarinet; Pep Band; Student Support Services; volunteer for Children’s Christmas Box Project, Recycling Project, Phone-A-Thon
  • Highland Community College
    • Stacy Rottinghaus
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Mathematics
      Transfer Institution:  Truman State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; academic tutor; cheerleader; Student Leadership Team; KNEA Student Program participant; 4-H Club member; church song leader; President’s Honor Roll.
    • Johnathan Simmons
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Art
      Transfer Institution:  Northwest Missouri State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; Student Leadership Program participant; Foundation Scholar; Visual Arts Club member; GSA Alliance; work accepted in Student Art Exhibit; volunteer for clean-up events
  • Hutchinson Community College
    • Amie Heide
      GPA:  3.75
      Major:  Nursing
      Transfer Institution:  Wichita State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Leadership; Circle K Club; Concert Choir and Honor Choir; Dean’s Honor Roll; volunteer at church; assists with Phi Theta Kappa fund-raisers and service projects
    • Jolie Koehn
      GPA:  3.86
      Major:  General (Photography)
      Transfer Institution:  Fort Hays State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; Honors Program participant; Honors Student Council Co-President; The Hutchinson Collegian online editor; member of Volunteer Center of Reno County; People’s Choice candidate for the Kansas State Fair Collegiate Photography Internship
  • Independence Community College
    • Joseph Bryson
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Exercise Science
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Executive Officer; football team captain; Student Support Services Tutor; College Student of the Month (2); Jayhawk Conference All-Academic Team member (2)
    • Amanda Raef
      GPA:  3.7
      Major:  History and English
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President and Executive Officer; Student Support Services member and tutor; Book Club President; Homecoming Queen
  • Johnson County Community College
    • Megan Walkowiak
      GPA:  3.93
      Major:  Education
      Transfer Institution:  Kansas State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Membership/Service; Student Ambassador (CAV Leader); Concert Band; Note Taker and Math/Statistics Tutor; volunteer for the Lose the Training Wheels Program, Via de Esperanza, Invisible Children; President’s Honor Roll
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
    • Wallace Rachford
      GPA:  3.6
      Major:  Pre-Public Administration
      Transfer Institution:  Washburn University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Executive Officer; Kansas Region Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Chapter Member Honorable Mention; Outstanding Officer for Phi Theta Kappa Chapter; volunteer for Christmas in the City, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, other Phi Theta Kappa projects
    • Breanne Somolik
      GPA:  3.91
      Major:  Psychology
      Transfer Institution:  Washburn University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, local animal shelter, Lawrence Humane Society, church
  • Labette Community College
    • Ryan Hizey
      GPA:  3.62
      Major:  Elementary Education
      Transfer Institution:  Pittsburg State University
      Accomplishments:  Kansas Region Phi Theta Kappa President; Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Executive Officer; Campus Activities Board Co-President; Student Ambassador; Cardinal Christian Fellowship; volunteer for local chess tournaments, church activities, Phi Theta Kappa activities, community service; Top Cardinal Award recipient; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
    • Ian Kraskoff
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Accounting/Business/Communications/Psychology
      Transfer Institution: Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President and Executive Officer; Phi Beta Lambda President; Kansas State Phi Beta Lambda Parliamentarian; Student Government Association Senator; men’s basketball team member; tutor; coordinated 3-on-3 Benefit Basketball Tournament; Top Cardinal Award recipient; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; College Student of the Month
  • Neosho County Community College – Chanute
    • Bridget Fairchild
      GPA:  3.77
      Major:  Elementary Education
      Transfer Institution:  Pittsburg State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Board Member; volunteer for Phi Theta Kappa service projects, Relay for Life, church projects, Community Theatre, High School Booster Club; Who’s Who Among Students in American Community and Junior Colleges; President’s and Vice President’s Honor Rolls
    • Mary Kelly
      GPA:  3.66
      Major:  Theatre Education
      Transfer Institution:  University of Central Missouri
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Board member; Theatre Club President; Academic Excellence Challenge Team member; History Club member; Salvation Army Bell Ringer; Vice President’s Honor Roll
  • Neosho County Community College – Ottawa
    • Amy Erwin
      GPA:  3.7
      Major:  Nursing
      Transfer Institution:  Washburn University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; volunteer for church, Parent Teacher Organization, Rummage House Community Outreach, Interfaith Food Pantry
    • Seth Polsley
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Undecided
      Transfer Institution:  University of Kansas
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Executive Committee member; volunteer for Hope House, Phi Theta Kappa activities; volunteer for candidate in 2008 elections; Student of the Month; President’s Honor Roll
  • Pratt Community College
    • Ryan Clark
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Business
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President; Resident Assistant; baseball team captain; Student Life Leadership Advisory Committee member; participant in Christian Challenge; volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Highway Cleanup, Blood Drive, Scholarship Phone-a-thon; Presidential and Above Scholar; All-Conference Academic Team
    • Elvis Hodzic
      GPA:  3.56
      Major:  Business
      Transfer Institution:  Undecided
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President; Chamber of Commerce of Kappa Beta Delta member; men’s basketball team film technician; volunteer for Relay for Life, Make a Difference Day, Red Cross, other Phi Theta Kappa Projects; Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Seward County Community College
    • Jordan Eder
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Pre-Medicine
      Transfer Institution:  Kansas State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Secretary/Co-Public Relations Chair; Block and Bridle Vice President; Farm Bureau Vice President; Pathways Student Government Association Representative; cheerleading co-captain; SGA member; co-coordinator for Campus Recycling; Group Leader for Farm Education Day; Math-Science Day Student Ambassador; volunteer in Greensburg; Presidential Honor Roll
    • Shaley Thomas
      GPA:  4.0
      Major:  Business Finance
      Transfer Institution:  Oklahoma State University
      Accomplishments:  Phi Theta Kappa member; SIFE President; Presidential Tour Guide; volunteer at Good Samaritan Center