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April 23, 2015


PTK receives a Distinguished Chapter Award


PTK AwardThree Cowley College students, Amanda Krook, Tori Anstine and Madison McDowell, along with advisor, Melinda Neal, joined over 3,800 other community college students from around the world at the annual Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in San Antonio, Texas, April 16-18.


Cowley's chapter members and advisors received a Distinguished Chapter Award during the Hallmark Awards Gala on Saturday night.  To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project and College Project.  Selection of the Distinguished Chapter is based solely on the written entries for these Hallmark Awards.  The scores in each of the two Hallmark categories will be averaged to determine a chapter’s overall ranking.  Awards are presented to the top ten percent of chapters entering the Honors in Action and College Project categories. 


Alpha Gamma Upsilon also received recognition for reaching five star level and being one of the top 100 chapters of Phi Theta Kappa.


Convention goers attended educational forums on many different topics, including membership building, honors programs, leadership, and program initiatives offered to Phi Theta Kappa members and advisors.  Keynote speakers for the event were John Legend, Oscar-and Grammy –winning musician of the critically acclaimed album Love in the Future, Dr. Michio Kaku, author of The Future of the Mind also internationally recognized theoretical physicist and co-founder of string field theory, and Malcolm Gladwell, award winning journalist and best-selling author of The Tipping Point.   Keynote addresses were thought-provoking and gave attendees insights into what the future holds for us in medical advancements and technology.  Most agreed that John Legend’s performance and message about love was the icing on the cake. Students also experienced Sea World, The Tower of the Americas, and the River Walk.