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February 18, 2014

PTK students honored at awards luncheon


PTKFifty-two top community college scholars from the state of Kansas, including three from Cowley College, were honored Feb. 13 in Topeka at the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon.

Representing Cowley were, Will Weeks and Kristen Phipps from the main campus in Arkansas City, and Alyssa Schartz from the Mulvane Center.

“Their applications for the honor showed how committed they were to their futures and that they have hearts for service,” Cowley College PTK co-sponsor Deb Layton said. “These three students have done a fantastic job keeping the organization running this year. Their work ethic, leadership skills and determination to succeed drove them to put in a lot of time beyond all the many interests in which they are involved. We were proud to have them represent Cowley at our state's capitol”

Fellow PTK sponsors Scott Layton and Chad Killblane attended the luncheon as did Cowley president Clark Williams, Board Chair Ron Godsey, vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths, associate vice president for Mulvane and Online Operations Stephani Johns-Hines, associate vice president for instruction Cindy Lenhart, and vice president for institutional advancement Ben Schears.

Weeks, Phipps, and Schartz are members of the 2014 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents. Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for students attending community and two-year colleges. Membership is based on high grade point averages and other criteria, with members focusing on scholastic achievement and service to community and campus.

Students are selected by their own community college for the statewide academic team. Each is also a nominee for the 2014 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.

"The luncheon was a great way to honor the many deserving students, and it was nice for them to be recognized by legislators and college administration alike,” Scott Layton said.

Pictured, from left, Kristen Phipps, Will Weeks, and Alyssa Schartz.