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February 22, 2010

PTK students represent Cowley at honors luncheon


PTK honors luncheonRecognized for being named to the Kansas All-State Academic Team, four Cowley College students were honored at a luncheon held at the Ramada Inn in Topeka on Thursday.

The State Academic Teams were introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.  The State Academic Teams are a division of the Academic All-American Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students, an international program sponsored annually be Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Representing Cowley College were Phuong Huynh and Aubrey Lyman from the Arkansas City campus, and Gregory Anderson and Rebecca Johnson from the Mulvane center.

Last year, more than 800 of the country’s finest community college students competed for recognition, spots on the national team and cash stipends.  The Kansas All-State Academic Team is designed to provide the same kind of recognition to the state’s two-year college scholars by saluting their academic achievement, leadership and service.

Each honoree was introduced and the president of the college awarded them an honorary medallion, certificate and a stipend to be used at the institution of his/her choice. Jill Docking, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, gave the keynote address.

Attending the luncheon from Cowley College were president Dr. Patrick J.  McAtee, vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths, vice president of student affairs Sue Saia, as well as Board of Trustees members Mark Patton  and Ron Godsey.  Phi Theta Kappa sponsors Melinda Neal and Nancy Ayers also attended the event.

Honorees and sponsors were given the opportunity to visit and tour the capital before the recognition luncheon.   One honoree from each of the colleges was recognized on the house floor on Thursday morning.  Phuong  Huynh, the college’s November Student of the Month, represented Cowley.