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February 9, 2015

Four Cowley students to be honored as Kansas Community College Scholars


Four Cowley College students will be among 55 community college scholars that Kansas will salute for their academic accomplishments Thursday, February 12 in Topeka during the 20th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon. The Luncheon will be held at the Ramada Inn Hotel in Topeka in conjunction with February's Kansas Board of Regents meeting.  Those in attendance will hear from Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Representing the state's 19 community colleges and a private two-year college, these scholars have been named to the 2014-15 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents.

Cowley students that were named to the Kansas All-State Academic Team were, from the Arkansas City campus Kayla Crane and Madison McDowell. From the school’s Mulvane Center, Kathryn McIntosh and Nhat Nguyen.

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. These 55 individuals are part of a statewide student body of more than 132,500 students enrolled at the 19 Kansas community colleges.

"We consider this a very worthwhile endeavor for all of the Kansas community colleges to come together and celebrate the achievements of the state's outstanding students," said Tammy Fuentez, Vice President for Student Affairs at Labette Community College, who serves as the Kansas Region Coordinator for the Honor Society. "These students are our finest not only in the academic sphere, but also in terms of service and citizenship."

Each scholar was selected by his or her own community college for the annual statewide academic team, and each scholar also is a nominee for the 2014-15 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by the newspaper USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges. First team members each receive a $2,500 stipend and will be featured along with second and third team members in USA Today. Team members are also presented with medallions. Names of the students will be placed on the society's Web site,

Each student will receive a certificate signed by Governor Sam Brownback, an educational scholarship of $300, and an academic medallion.  The Kansas Board of Regents universities, Washburn University and Kansas Independent Colleges have provided a minimum of a $1000 scholarship for the All-Kansas Team recipients who transfer to their institutions.

The students will go to the Kansas Statehouse prior to the luncheon, where they will view the Capitol and meet legislators. 

Deb Layton and Scott Layton serve as PTK advisors in Arkansas City, and Melinda Neal is the advisor in Mulvane.

Bios for the four Cowley College PTK students named to the Kansas All-State Academic Team: 

Kayla Crane
GPA: 4.0
Major: Nursing
Transfer Institution: Wichita State University
Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President of Scholarship;  Cowley Ambassador; Tutor; Member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Madison McDowell
GPA: 4.0
Major: Secondary Education - Math
Transfer Institution: Wichita State University
Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa Member; Student Ambassador; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Arkalalah Queen 2014; 5 Loaves Ministry Volunteer

Kathryn McIntosh
GPA: 4.0
Major: Electrical Engineering
Transfer Institution: Wichita State University
Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President; Math and Science Club Vice President; Tutor; Volunteer at the Lord’s Dinner, Angel Tree, and a local nursing home

Nhat Nguyen
GPA: 3.95
Major: Nursing
Transfer Institution: Wichita State University
Accomplishments: Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Vice President; Math and Science Club President; American Red Cross Volunteer