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March 8, 2011

Forty-five new members inducted into PTK International Honor Society


PTKThe Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Cowley College held its spring 2011 induction on Sunday, Feb. 27 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room of the Brown Center. Twenty-five of the 45 new members participated in the induction ceremony with approximately 80 family, friends and guests sharing the special afternoon with their students.

Piano music was provided by Hannah Dillard, who was also an inductee. Faculty advisors, Nancy Ayers and Ryan Doom welcomed the large group and thanked them for the contributions each of them had made to their respective students to help them attain this honorable recognition. Meg Smith, director of journalism and instructor of digital photography at Cowley, was the featured speaker for the induction. Smith is also the advisor for The Cowley Press and sponsor of the Media Club at Cowley. Using the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Study Topic, The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise, as her guideline, Smith spoke about the changes that have occurred over the years in the way information is disseminated to the masses. She challenged students to understand the responsibility each of them has to use this vast amount of information wisely and appropriately.

The chapter officers then conducted the formal induction ceremony. Group pictures were taken and a cake and punch reception followed. Students attending the induction ceremony were: Will Austin, Taylor Coney, Christopher Crain, Craig Cropek, Kate Darby, Jessica Dean, Michael Decker, Devin Dice, Hannah Dillard, Lydia Farley, Richelle Farley, Ricky Hobbs, Amanda Hood, Sarah Kernel, Brian LeBaron, Felicia McCormick, Duffy Parker, Christopher Romero, Melissa Snider, Austin Stephenson, Lindsey Thomas, Mamie Way, Alicia Weber, Jon Wedel and Madison Zimmerman.

“If students received a letter of invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa this semester, it is not too late to accept,” Ayers said.

Membership continues until April 1. Monthly meetings and activities are held both in Ark City and in Mulvane.