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November 17, 2010

Personable sophomore named Cowley�s November Student of the Month


Milissa CrawfordKnown on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City as someone who is always willing to lend a helping hand, and to always seem to have a smile on her face, Milissa Crawford was recently recognized for her outstanding work in the classroom by being named the school’s November Student of the Month.

Crawford, daughter of Michael and Renae Crawford, is a sophomore psychology major from Newton, Kansas.

She has two older sisters, Maria, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Michelle, who lives in Newton. Her grandfather, Donald Crawford also lives in Newton.

At Newton High School, she was a member of the spirit squad and played three years on the Lady Railer volleyball team. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.

At Cowley, Crawford is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Campus Christian Fellowship, and is a Cowley Student Ambassador. She also serves as a work study at the Cowley Bookstore. 

“All the clubs and organizations Cowley offers serves as a terrific opportunity to meet new people and make connections,” Crawford said.

Along with her activities at Cowley, Crawford has been a stellar student in the classroom maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Crawford’s campus involvement, academic success, and friendly personality has been noticed by many people, including Ben Schears, Executive Director of Enrollment and Outreach Services at Cowley. 

“She is very plugged into campus life and is a wonderful student ambassador,” Schears said. “She knows no stranger and is very friendly to new people she meets.”

After graduating from Newton High School in 2009, Crawford wanted to find a school that was not too far from home and was also affordable. After hearing about Cowley, she planned a visit to the school.

“When I came on my visit it just felt like home and seemed like a tight nit community,” Crawford said. “Cowley is a great stepping stone to transition on to a four-year school.”

She credits Cowley instructors such as Dejon Ewing, who serves as her Interpersonal Communication instructor, with helping provide her with a solid base before transferring to a four-year school.

“I have learned skills in her classroom that I will be able to take with me into the work force,” Crawford said.

Being named Student of the Month is an honor that Crawford was surprised, yet excited to receive.

“The Student of the Month award is cool because it gives students a chance to showcase the things that they are good at, and I am honored to say that I am a part of that,” Crawford said.

Being the first high school graduate and college attendee in her family, Crawford credits her parents as being influential on all her academic successes.

“They have been extremely supportive in my going to school and have pushed me to push myself,” Crawford said. “I would not have the motivation or ambition I have today without their support.”

In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, or working out.

After Cowley, Crawford plans to transfer to either the University of Kansas or Wichita State University and work toward a Bachelors in Psychology. Then on to graduate school to obtain a Masters in Psychology and eventually try to work toward a Ph.D.

“Cowley has provided me with the skills I need to take elsewhere,” Crawford said.