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April 12, 2011

Griffiths caps time at Cowley by being named April Student of the Month


Erin GriffithsPreparing to start a new chapter in her life, Erin Griffiths has left her mark at Cowley College as the sophomore business administration major was recently named the school’s April Student of the Month.
Griffiths was proud to be one of only eight individuals to be named Student of the Month during the 2010-2011 academic year.

“It is an honor to be one of the few selected as Student of the Month,” Griffiths said. “These past two years at Cowley have been the most amazing experience of my life.”

She is the daughter of Slade and Terri Griffiths and has two younger sisters, Ashley, who is a junior at Winfield High School, and Courtney, who is in eighth grade. Grandparents are, Gary and Sally Griffiths of Clay Center and Jo and Bob Lied of Woodland Park, CO.

Griffiths was born in Leavenworth and moved to Winfield at the age of six.

At Winfield High School, Griffiths was a member of the volleyball and track and field teams. She also was involved in the W-Club, was the secretary of HOSA, and was a member of the Honor Roll.

At Cowley, she spent this year as president of the Student Senate, a student ambassador, resident assistant in the Kimmell Dormitory, a member of CAAT (Cowley Activity Awareness Team), a finalist for Queen Alalah, and is actively involved in intramurals. She can be seen at school plays, concerts and sporting events and was recently named one of nine finalists for Cowley College’s Student of the Year.

Griffiths has also been a leader in the classroom maintaining a 3.45 grade point average. Many members of the faculty and staff have noticed her accomplishments at Cowley. Charlee Wilson, Coordinator of Career and Tutoring Services, is one of the individuals who had high praise for the hard working sophomore. 

“I have gotten to know Erin over the past two years through her involvement in Student Senate and she is one of those students who is always involved,” Wilson said. “I feel a balance of academics and involvement is important for a well rounded college experience, and Erin has done a fine job with this while at Cowley.”

Griffiths credits both her grandfather, Gary Griffiths, and her father, Slade Griffiths, who serves as Cowley College’s vice president of academic affairs, as being the most influential people in her life.

“My grandpa is someone that I can always turn to when I need advice and someone to vent to,” Griffiths said. “He has the patience and wisdom that I need sometimes. My dad is my best friend. I have learned more from him than anyone else and I am beyond thankful for the relationship that we share. Without their help, I probably wouldn’t be the person that I am today.”

The business and marketing major hopes to one day become a public relations agent for a company or celebrity. As part of her busy lifestyle, she would also like to be involved in party planning or serve as a wedding planner on the side.

She has gained valuable work experience at radio station KSOK in Arkansas City and is currently working part-time at the station.

In her free time she enjoys taking part in the college’s intramural program, playing video games on the X-Box, or spending time with friends.

Griffiths praises the instruction she has received at Cowley and credits Adam Borth, Marlys Cervantes, and Kristi Shaw with being instrumental in her academic growth over the past two years.

With both of her grandparents and her parents being graduates of the University of Kansas, Griffiths plans to attend the school after graduating from Cowley in May. At KU, Griffiths intends to be involved in spirit clubs, attend athletic events and join a sorority. She also hopes to be a student ambassador at the school.
If possible, Griffiths would have loved to stay at Cowley for another couple of years.

“I love Cowley, if I could make it a four-year school I would,” Griffiths said. “I have grown more than I ever expected and being able to see my dad every day has been great.”