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March 30, 2011

McWhirt to serve as Cowley College Commencement Speaker


Amy McWhirtHaving recently been named a recipient of the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and also serving as Cowley College’s Endowed Chair, Amy McWhirt will have the honor of being the featured speaker at the school’s 88th Commencement exercises held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.

McWhirt, who serves as Cowley College’s Director of Academic Preparation and an instructor in the Humanities Department, has spent the past seven years at Cowley where she teaches beginning Spanish and basic English writing courses.

As the Director of Academic Preparation, she is responsible for providing support to adjunct instructors and ensuring that the curriculum the school uses in its developmental English courses is the most effective for students.

McWhirt is honored to be chosen to speak at Commencement.

“I am also excited to stand at the podium, look out and see the faces of all the students I have had the privilege to know,” McWhirt said. “I have been fortunate to be there as they have persisted in the education process—sometimes despite amazing odds—so anticipate it will be extremely rewarding to have the opportunity to celebrate the culmination of their hard work in such a concrete way.”

McWhirt has been a presenter at the NISOD and NADE conferences, and has served on several committees at Cowley. She currently serves as a member of the AQIP Steering Committee, Multi-Cultural Scholars Program Advisory Committee, chair of the AQIP Category 1 writing team, and co-directs the Multi-Cultural Scholars Mentoring Program.

She also serves as an academic advisor and serves 10 to 15 students each semester.

She has been the recipient of the National Security Exchange Program Grant to study in Mexico, earned a BA in Spanish and History and MEd from Southwestern College, and a MA in TESOL from Emporia State University.