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February 13, 2015

PTK students honored at luncheon


Kayla Crane and Madison McDowell from Cowley College’s Arkansas City campus and Kathryn McIntosh and Nhat Nguyen from Cowley’s Mulvane Center were among the students honored in Topeka February 12 during the 20th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon.

Representing the state's 19 community colleges and a private two-year college, these scholars were 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.

Other Cowley dignitaries at the luncheon were: Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch; Board of Trustees member Ron Godsey; vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths; executive director of enrollment management Josh Cobble; executive director of student affairs Jason O’Toole; Arkansas City PTK advisor Scott Layton, and Mulvane PTK advisor Melinda Neal.

“It was great to be there to honor our academic scholars from Cowley College,” Griffiths said. “We are very proud of them.”

Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, served as the keynote speaker.

Each student received 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 visited the Kansas Statehouse prior to the luncheon, where they viewed the Capitol and met legislators.

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.