April 15, 2010
Alpha Gamma Upsilon named in Top 100
Six chapter members and two advisors from Cowley’s Phi
Theta Kappa chapter returned Sunday from Walt Disney World in Orlando,
FL, where they joined over 3,600 other Phi Theta Kappans who attended
the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention at the Swan and Dolphin
Hotel and Resort.
The Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter was also named in The Top 100 Chapters, competing with over 1,200 chapters internationally. This award is based on the combined point totals from the three major Hallmark Award entries submitted to headquarters by the individual chapters. The Leadership, Scholarship and Service Hallmark entries are a combination of essays that describe in detail the projects and activities that chapters have accomplished during the previous year. The entries must also reflect how the projects relate to the current Honors Study Topic and/or the International Service Project and how they have impacted the chapter members, the college and the community.
“It’s a tremendous amount of work to, first, plan and carry out all the activities and then organize the writing of the Hallmarks,” Nancy Ayers, PTK advisor at the Mulvane campus. “But, that’s what makes the recognition so rewarding. And our students are building life skills, strong resumes and relationships, all at the same time.”
Those attending from Cowley were students, Phuong Huynh, Sarah Montgomery and Danielle Napier along with advisor Melinda Neal from the Arkansas City campus; students James Walling, Irona Cliver and Justin Balmer along with advisor Nancy Ayers from the Mulvane campus.
Cliver, Vice President of Leadership for the Cowley chapter and V. P. of Alumni Relations for the Kansas Region, was awarded a Distinguished Regional Officer Award, one of only 10 in the nation. The Distinguished Regional Officer Awards are presented for distinguished service, based on nominations submitted by Regional Coordinators.
Over the course of the three-day convention, students attended several forums where they were given insights into the new Honor’s Study Topic, “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril and Promise”, and the new format for the 2011 Hallmark Award entries. Featured general session speakers were Dr. Rachel Maddow, nightly news talk show host on MSNBC and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, medical correspondent for CNN.
During free time, the attendees networked with other members from around the world and took in the Disney experience. This included an evening at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and shopping at The Boardwalk and Downtown Disney.
The activities culminated in a banquet and awards gala on Saturday evening, where Alpha Gamma Upsilon and the Kansas Region were very well represented. The Kansas Region received a Distinguished Region Hallmark Award, one of only three in the nation. Distinguished Region Awards are presented on the basis of achievement in many areas of programming, organizational structure and chapter participation.