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November 17, 2011

Phi Theta Kappa members attend Honors in Action Regional Conference


PTKWhat do you think comes to the mind of the average non-resident of Kansas when they are asked about our state? What image would you want people from other parts of the country to have of Kansas? These are some of the questions that nine Cowley student members and two faculty advisors were asked to consider while attending the Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action Kansas Regional Conference at the Clarion Hotel in Manhattan, KS on Nov. 4-6.

Student representatives of community colleges from across the state were in attendance. For the past two years the Phi Theta Kappa honors study topic has been "The Dissemination of Information: Power, Promise, and Peril". The conference focused on this topic from a regional perspective, specifically looking at what type of information is being disseminated about Kansas and how can we change the perception that many people have of our state.

One of the keynote speakers, Mike Matson, Director of Communication and Public Relations for Kansas Farm Bureau, led the students through an exercise culminating in the creation of new advertising slogans to promote Kansas. Another speaker was Jim Hoy, PhD, from the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and strengthen our sense of community. His presentation included folklore and music from the state of Kansas.

Conference attendees took part in a Fun Run on Saturday morning to raise money for the Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association Scholarship. They also helped with a service project of cleaning up parts of the Manhattan Linear Park.

The conference concluded with a dance on Saturday evening, where the group surprised Kate Darby with a birthday cake and sang happy birthday to her. Cowley students attending the conference were Hannah Dillard, Kate Darby, Patrick Curl, Chi Fung Ng, Jeremiah Bierle, Amanda Hood, Amber Coffman, Ashley McKnight and Alicia Weber. Also attending were faculty advisors Ryan Doom and Nancy Ayers.