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March 10, 2011

Alpha Gamma Upsilon named a Five-Star Chapter for third consecutive year


PTKEleven students and two advisors represented the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Cowley College this past weekend as they took part in the Kansas Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention at Washburn University in Topeka.

Alpha Gamma Upsilon received recognition for the College Project Hallmark and the Honors In Action Hallmark and were, for a third consecutive year, named a Five-Star Chapter in the Phi Theta Kappa Five-Star Development Program. Cowley student Chi Fung Ng received distinguished recognition for the Distinguished Chapter Member Hallmark and Justin Balmer received distinguished recognition for the Distinguished Chapter Officer Hallmark. Ryan Doom, Phi Theta Kappa advisor at the Arkansas City campus, received the Horizon Award which is given to new advisors.

During the conference, students were entertained by multi award-winning and national recognized magician and motivational speaker, Devin Hendersen, who challenged students to adopt his “no strings attached” giving philosophy by investing in people and making giving a way of life. 

David Seale, Division I International Officer, was present to give an update from International Headquarters, which is located in Jackson, Mississippi.

On Saturday, students attended breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including the new Phi Theta Kappa initiative, Community College Completion Corps, which encourages chapters to work with their administration to improve graduation and retention rates at their colleges. A regional business meeting was also conducted and new regional officers were elected. The conference culminated in the awards banquet and dance on Saturday evening.

Students attending from Cowley College were Jordan Lukert, Claudia Sotelo, Jeremiah Bierle, Sheyne Pickard, Chi Fung Ng, Justin Balmer, Chris Romero, Amanda Cole, Stacey Storck, Frances Hasemann and Roberta Anis. Advisors attending were Ryan Doom and Nancy Ayers. Six students and the advisors will be attending the 2011 International Convention in Seattle, WA, April 6-9.