October 13, 2011
October Student of the Month has large goals in life
A talented pianist, accomplished student, and respected by fellow classmates
as well as faculty and staff at Cowley College, Hannah Dillard was
recently named the school’s October Student of the Month.
Dillard, the daughter of David and Lora Dillard, is a sophomore pre-law major. She has a sister, Bethany, which also attends Cowley. Grandparents are, Rita Cooper and Daniel Dillard (deceased) of Ohio.
Dillard grew up in Crawfordsville, IN prior to her family moving to Ponca City, OK. While trying to decide on a college to attend, she made a visit to Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City.
“Cowley seemed to have the right atmosphere for my sister (Bethany) and I,” Dillard said. “I visited the campus and it seemed like a good place.”
Both Dillard and her sister, Bethany, are members of the President’s Honor Roll at Cowley College.
At Cowley, Dillard is the president of PTK Alpha Gamma Upsilon Chapter, and is involved in Creative Claws and Writers’ Corner. She has also performed at several piano events at Cowley and will help with the school’s trip to Joplin, MO to clean up tornado debris and the CAAT/ACES Numana food packaging event on Sunday, Oct. 16.
“Cowley has been absolutely wonderful,” Dillard said. “I have been able to participate sooner in a lot more activities here at Cowley than I would have been able to at a bigger school.”
Social Science Department instructor Cathy Hendricks recognized her work at Cowley.
“Hannah is one of the brightest, most conscientious, and respectful students on campus,” Hendricks said.
Despite all of the wonderful things she is involved in at the college, being named the school’s October Student of the Month came as a surprise to Dillard.
“It is a great honor, I did not expect to be selected,” Dillard said. “I would like to thank professor (Cathy) Hendricks for nominating me. Her classes are always very interesting, there is never a dull moment in her class.”
Away from the school, Dillard was selected to perform at the Walnut Valley Piano Teachers Spring Festival and volunteers at the Ponca City Nursing and Rehab Facility where she spends one-on-one time with residents and also reads to them.
In her free time, Dillard has been working with an off campus tutor to learn Mandarin Chinese. She can hold a basic conversation in Mandarin Chinese and has learned to read and write in the language.
“I wanted to learn to read and write in Chinese so I could better understand the music and subtitles of the movies I was watching,” Dillard said.
She has spent the past year working as a Library Clerk at the Ponca City (OK) Library and is currently enrolled in 23 hours of coursework this semester. Despite her hectic schedule, Dillard has posted a 4.0 grade point average at the school.
“The faculty and staff are wonderful, they never have an issue with you seeking extra help,” Dillard said. “It really feels like they want you to succeed.”
Dillard hopes to earn a law degree and practice international corporate law. To pursue this goal she intends to finish her degree at Cowley, then pursue a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in East Asian Studies & Pre-law at a four year institution. She then hopes to attend law school at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.