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December 15, 2010

Harmon named December Student of the Month


Anne HarmonRecognized for her leadership and academic success, Anne Harmon was recently named Cowley College’s December Student of the Month.

Harmon, daughter of Kelly and Eva Harmon, is a sophomore, music education major from Wichita.
She has two sisters, Victoria 16, and Isabel 8. Grandparents are, Ed and Alice Erickson of Arkansas City and Charlotte Harmon of Wichita.

Harmon attended Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita and was active in the theatre and the school’s madrigal group. She has continued her involvement at Cowley, as she is active in Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, Cowley College Singers, while also serving as president of Act One Drama Club, work-study in the Theatre Department, and a Cowley College Student Ambassador.

“I have had a great experience at Cowley and have had a lot of opportunities here that I would not have had anywhere else,” Harmon said.

Along with her activities and involvement at Cowley, Harmon has been a stellar student in the classroom maintaining a 3.80 GPA.

Lory West, Director of Retention and Assessment, is one of several people on campus who have noticed Harmon’s accomplishments at the school.

“She is a model student and model person,” West said. “She works as a student ambassador in admissions and she is always very responsible, respectful and friendly. She is a wonderful young lady.”

Harmon’s mother, Eva, and several other relatives attended Cowley, so she already knew about the school when her high school counselor, Steven O’Hair recommended she look at Cowley.

Harmon visited with Cowley College vocal music director, Connie Donatelli, and came for a visit on the school’s fine Arts Day.

“Connie was very energetic and I was impressed with the campus, it just seemed like the right place for me,” Harmon said.

Along with singing in the annual Christmas Vespers concert, Harmon also played the role of Kate Keller in the school’s production of “The Miracle Worker”, which told the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute, Helen Keller.

“We understood the importance of the story, so we wanted to do our best,” Harmon said.

Harmon has had an opportunity to work closely with both Donatelli and theatre director, Scott MacLaughlin.
“They both love what they do,” Harmon said. “You don’t usually get that close, personal relationship with the directors like you are able to get at Cowley.”

Harmon will get to try her hand as a director as she was recently offered to direct a Christmas program for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arkansas City.

In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing the piano.

“Music is kind of a family thing, it has always been there,” Harmon said.

Harmon’s mother, Eva, has long been involved in music and earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Harmon credits her mother as being the most influential person in her life, “She has always been more than just a mother to me, she has been my best friend,” Harmon said. “I would not be the accomplished student I am today if it was not for the hard work and determination she has shown me.”

Being recognized as Cowley College’s December Student of the Month was humbling for Harmon.
“This means a lot to me,” Harmon said. “It’s nice to be recognized for everything I am involved in.”

After Cowley, Harmon plans to transfer to Kansas State University. While at Kansas State University, she plans on being involved in the Kansas State Concert Choir.

After college Harmon would like to teach music in a parochial school.