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February 23, 2012

Alpha Gamma Upsilon named a Five-Star Chapter for fifth straight year


Fulfilling all one through four star level requirements, the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Cowley College was recently named a Five-Star Chapter for the fifth straight year.

Because of the difficult requirements, the recognition came as a surprise to PTK co-sponsor Nancy Ayers.

“I had already resigned myself to the fact that we would probably not be able to maintain our Five-Star status this year,” Ayers said. “I shared this with our officers (made up of students from Ark City and Mulvane) last fall. But the students were of a different mindset and they made the difference this year.”

The students in Ark City organized the Honors in Action Project, a computer literacy workshop for senior citizens, and the students in Mulvane organized the College Project, a campaign to encourage students to complete their degree or certificate program before leaving Cowley. Both of these projects are major requirements for the Five-Star status.

These projects must include the four hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa: scholarship (research), leadership, service and fellowship. Another requirement is for students to create a written document describing in detail the entire project from start to finish. These documents are called Hallmark Entries and are entered into a competition with entries from community colleges around the world. Hallmark awards are given out regionally at the Kansas Regional Conference in March and at the International Convention in April.

Ayers along with fellow PTK co-sponsor, Ryan Doom, will travel to Nashville, TN for this year’s convention.

“Ryan and I are very proud of the accomplishments of this group of members,” Ayers said.

Other requirements for Five-Star status are: monthly meetings, invite members to join twice a year and hold an induction ceremony once a year, attend regional and international conferences, and participate in regional projects.