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June 12, 2013

PTK at Cowley named Five Star Chapter


Fulfilling all requirements to be named a Five Star Chapter, the Alpha Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Cowley College received special commendation during the Kansas Regional Convention. The chapter was also recognized at the Society's recent Annual Convention and is recognized on the Society website at

The Five Star Chapter Development Plan serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter, improves student engagement on your campus, and recognizes progress in the attainment of goals set by the chapter. Using the Five Star Plan as a guide, chapters enhance their strategies to recognize eligible students, provide significant personal and professional development opportunities for members through Honors in Action, and build a working relationship with the college administration by becoming active on campus and in the community. As chapters reach these milestones they progress through each level of the Five Star Plan, ultimately reaching the pinnacle Five Star Level.

“On behalf of the outstanding chapter members and advisors of the Alpha Gamma Upsilon Chapter, we express appreciation for your efforts toward providing rewarding educational experiences inside and outside the classroom,” Rod A. Risley, Ph.D, executive director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa, said in a statement sent to the college.

Deborah Layton and Scott Layton serve as PTK sponsors on the college’s main campus in Arkansas City, while Chad Killblane is the PTK sponsor for the school’s Mulvane Center.

“The sponsors and members were very excited to be awarded the Five Star status again,” Deborah Layton said. “It's a multi-step process that takes a lot of commitment, so we're delighted about the recognition.”