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April 14, 2011


Cowley students and advisors attend PTK International Convention


ptkThree advisors and seven members of Cowley's Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter were among the nearly 3,600 who attended the 2011 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention last week at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

The convention theme was Commit to Completion, emphasizing the newest Phi Theta Kappa initiative, which is to encourage and promote the concept that all students should complete their associates degree or certificate program. Most community colleges have an 'open door' entrance policy for students, but that should not turn into a 'revolving door' for students.

The Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter will be working with Cowley College this year to try to find ways to retain students and help them complete their credentials before leaving the college. The keynote speaker for the convention was Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, who gave an entertaining and enlightening presentation on Modern Skepticism in the Internet Age. 

The students also attended educational forums where they received information on how to improve their local chapter and their region, as well as their personal lives. During their free time, the Cowley group visited the Space Needle, Pike Street Public Market, the international district and the Seattle piers.

The convention concluded Saturday evening  with the Hallmark Awards Gala and Banquet and the traditional farewell dance. Attending this year's convention were advisors, Ryan Doom, Nancy Ayers and Elisha Swope, and students, Justin Balmer, Frances Hasemann, Roberta Anis, Chi Fung Ng, Jordan Lukert, Sheyne Pickard and Jennifer Waldorf.

Those pictured are, back row from left, Elisha Swope, Nancy Ayers, Jordan Lukert, Justin Balmer, Chi Fung Ng, and Frances Hasemann. Front row from left are, Ryan Doom, Jennifer Waldorf, Sheyne Pickard, and Roberta Anis.