February 9, 2012
Working to help others, Fisher named Cowley College�s February Student of the Month
Whether she is helping students as a Cowley College Tutor or working to bring awareness of those in need as part of the Cowley Activity Awareness Team (C.A.A.T.), Bree Fisher is doing a lot of good things on the school’s main campus in Arkansas City. The sophomore accounting major’s deeds have not gone unnoticed as she was named Cowley College’s February Student of the Month.
Fisher is the daughter of Don and Sabrina Bonilla. Grandparents are, Linda and Roger Brown of Wichita, Rosemary and Forty Bonilla of Salina, and Sabra and Larry Fisher of Winfield. She has two younger brothers, Kaleb 19 and Cody 14, as well as two younger sisters, Rosemary 12 and Linda 9.
She graduated from Wichita Northwest High School in 2010 and heard about Cowley through a counselor at the school. She planned a visit to the college and the rest is history.
“I fell in love with the campus and the people made me feel really welcomed on my visit,” Fisher said.
Fisher’s involvements at Cowley include the Cowley Activity Awareness Team (CAAT), where she is a student leader in promoting and assisting with awareness activities on campus and community services in the Arkansas City area. She is also a Cowley Tutor, a resident assistant in the Oscar Kimmell Dormitory, and is a member of PBL and PTK. She maintains a 3.71 GPA and was on the President’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2011 semester.
“When I found out I was nominated for Student of the Month it made me strive to be better because it is a really great honor,” Fisher said.
Charlee Wilson, Director of Retention and Tutoring Services, is among those on campus who have noticed Fisher’s accomplishments.
“Bree is a great person,” Wilson said. “She is always friendly and always goes out of her way to help. Working with her through C.A.A.T. and Cowley Tutors I have found Bree to be very reliable and a hard worker. Bree is a leader here at Cowley, and I know she will be a leader after she leaves Cowley.”
Fisher received a C.A.A.T. scholarship to attend Cowley and her work in the group has been very rewarding as well as her work as a Cowley Tutor.
“C.A.A.T. has made me a better leader and has made me more aware of the things I need to be thankful for,” Fisher said. “As a Tutor, it feels really good making that connection with students and being able to help others.”
Fisher credits her mother and grandmother, Linda, for making her the person she is today.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her younger brothers and sisters and attending their sporting events.
After Cowley, Fisher is thinking of transferring to Southwestern College to earn a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Her dreams are to become a C.P.A. (certified public accountant).
“Cowley has been an amazing experience and has opened so many doors for me,” Fisher said.