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March 10, 2010


Cowley’s PTK named Most Improved Chapter in the Kansas Region


Twelve members of the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and their faculty advisors ptk collageattended the Kansas Regional Convention March 5-7 at the Marriott Hotel in Salina, KS.

The keynote speaker was Steve Thompson, BSNT, CSCI Program Director at Garden City Community College. He gave a presentation introducing the new honors study topic for Phi Theta Kappa for the next two years -- "The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril and Promise".

Students also participated in two service projects. "Pennies for Peace" were collected for the American Red Cross to help with the relief efforts in Haiti.

A select group of conference attendees traveled across town to the National Guard Armory and provided lunch for 53 guardsmen.

A Kansas Region business meeting was held and new regional officers were elected and inducted.

Students were able to choose from several interesting and relevant break-out sessions and representatives from several area universities were available to meet with students concerning scholarships and degree programs at their respective colleges.

At the awards banquet on Saturday evening, the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter at Cowley was presented with many honorable mentions, distinguished recognitions and distinguished hallmark awards, including Most Improved Chapter in the Kansas Region. (See list below).

As is tradition, the conference concluded with a dance following the awards banquet.

Several members and the advisors are planning to attend the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Orlando, FL April 8-11.

It is not too late to accept the invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa this semester. See Melinda Neal in Ark City or Nancy Ayers at the Mulvane Center for more information.

Honorable Mentions:
Sister Chapter Award (with Butler College) Yearbook Award – Irona Cliver
Distinguished Chapter President Award – Phuong Huynh
Paragon Award for Advisors – Nancy Ayers
Paragon Award for Advisors – Melinda Neal
Outstanding Chapter Award

Distinguished Recognitions:
Achievement in Art Award – Saundra Highsmith
Achievement in Literature Award – Irona Cliver
Chapter Communication Award – Whitney Hall
Distinguished Chapter Officer Award – Rebecca Johnson
Distinguished Member Award – Robin Ray

Distinguished Hallmark Awards:
Scholarship Hallmark
Service Hallmark
Most Improved Chapter
Five Star Chapter