March 15, 2012
March Student of the Month glad he chose Cowley
As a senior at South Haven High School, Patrick Curl and the rest of his graduating class made a visit to Cowley College. While on the school’s main campus in Arkansas City, Curl filled out a student application just to fit in with the rest of his classmates, though he never really intended to attend the school. Now, nearly two years later, Curl is preparing to graduate from Cowley College and was named the school’s March Student of the Month.
“I applied with others in my class but always said I would not come to Cowley,” Curl said. “By the middle of the summer I decided it was the right choice to attend Cowley and it has turned out to be a good decision. I was able to be involved in a lot of different activities and the teachers here know who you are and care about you.”
Curl, the son of Jim and Cathy Curl, is a sophomore Business Administration major from Braman, Oklahoma. He has a twin sister, Christa, which attends Northwestern University in Orange City, IA. Grandparents are, Guy and Rebecca Stamps of Hot Springs Village, AR, and Floy Anna Curl (deceased).
Curl graduated from South Haven High School in 2010. While at South Haven he was president of FFA, president of FCA, was in Student Senate, Science Club, and the National Honor Society. He also was a first-team All-South Central Border League basketball player and qualified for state in three events as a senior member of the track and field team.
Curl considered continuing his track career at the collegiate level but decided the time commitment was too much.
Still, Curl has found many other ways to occupy his time. Curl’s involvement at Cowley includes Vice President of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, Vice President of Phi Beta Lambda, and Captain of the AEC (Academic Excellence Challenge) Team. He is also Treasurer for FCA, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, and is involved in Cowley intramurals. He maintains a 4.0 GPA and thus has been on the President’s Honor Roll every semester he has been at Cowley.
A normal day for Curl can consist of going from one campus organization meeting to another.
Being one of 18 seniors in his graduating class at South Haven, Curl was a bit overwhelmed when he stepped foot on Cowley’s main campus in Arkansas City.
“It has helped to be involved on campus,” Curl said. “It forced me to interact with people. Even though I don’t know everyone on campus, I see everyone around and it makes the school feel like home.”
Curl’s hard work at Cowley has been noticed; with instructors and staff having many positive comments about him. Beverly Grunder, Business, Computer & Information Technology Department Chair and co-sponsor of the Academic Excellence Challenge Team, is one person who has noticed Curl’s accomplishments at Cowley.
“Patrick excels in academics with a 4.0 GPA while also being involved in several activities on Campus. He is well mannered and always considerate of others. When the AEC team was in need of members he helped recruit and has attended practices regularly. He is a joy to have in the classroom.”
After Cowley, Curl plans on transferring to Oklahoma State University and major in Crop and Soil Science. After earning his Bachelor’s degree he plans to return home and continue working on the family farm.
He comes from a third generation farm family in which his great-grandfather homesteaded a quarter section of land in Braman, OK in the Land Run. His grandfather, Kenneth, then took over the farm, prior to his father, Jim, handling the farming duties since the 1980’s.
The family farms 2,000 acres, consisting of wheat, soy beans and corn.
“I have always liked farming,” Curl said. “Everyone always said not to get into farming and I think that has made me want to do it even more.”
He looks forward to farming alongside his father, who he considers to be a major influence in his life.
Until then he is planning to enjoy his final two months at Cowley, and the honor of Student of the Month is one that Curl does not take lightly.
“It means a lot to me to be named Student of the Month,” Curl said. “I never thought I would be chosen for it because there are so many deserving students up for it.”