May 2, 2012
Students in Multicultural Scholars Program tour locations in Ponca City
A group of students from Cowley College's Multicultural Scholars Program recently toured two locations in Ponca City, OK finding out about a variety of cultural issues and history.
First, the group toured the Standing Bear Museum and Education Center, where they learned about the history of area tribes, especially the Ponca Nation. Museum Director T. L. Walker explained the community history that led to the project and the place Chief Standing Bear has in the history of his tribe and justice overall. After the discussion at the Education Center, the group toured the Poncan Theatre, learning about its history and integration at the local theatre and in the film and entertainment industry. Local businesswoman and Poncan volunteer Christina Rich-Splawn hosted the group at the theatre.
Following the tours, the students and Multicultural Scholars Program co-directors Marlys Cervantes and Amy McWhirt had dinner and discussed the information. MSP is a select group of students from diverse backgrounds who are active in various cultural events and are part of a mentoring program at the College. The MSP program was initially funded as part of a grant obtained by the University of Kansas. It is now funded by Cowley College.
"We are very fortunate that the administration at Cowley understands the importance of both mentoring and culture in the lives of students,” Cervantes said. “We thank Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, along with President (Dr. Patrick J.) McAtee, who have always been supporters of our students and what is best for them."
Students desiring to be part of the program must apply. The program has recently offered scholarships to incoming freshmen who will be part of next year's group. Cervantes and McWhirt have served as co-directors since the program's inception at Cowley College.
Pictured, from left, Julia Bautista; Mayra Garcia; Charles Ross and Van Ahn Nguyen.