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April 11, 2016


Cowley PTK named Top 100 Chapter for second straight year


PTK honors


The Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Cowley College was just recognized as a Top 100 Chapter, among nearly 1,300 chapters worldwide at the national convention in Washington, D.C.

Each year, all chapters who participate in the Hallmark Awards Program and have completed the Honors in Action and College Project are eligible for the achievement. The written entries of those projects are competitively judged for excellence in the exhibition of scholarship, academic research, leadership, service and collaboration. The Top 100 Chapters are selected by the totals of their combined scores.

This year’s Honors in Action project involved researching the concealed carry law revision, which will allow guns on campuses in Kansas. Students interviewed Director of Security and Public Safety, Matt Stone, and surveyed students at Cowley and others from different campuses around the state at the fall regional convention in order to assess the attitudes toward the house bill. Upon discovering the majority was opposed, members wrote informational letters about their findings and concerns to the college president and state legislatures.

This year’s College Project began with officers meeting with president, Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, to determine the present needs in regards to the college mission. After Dr. Rittle suggested there was a population of underperforming students at the college, the officers decided to interview a random sampling of students in order to get feedback on needs and processes in their education. Data was collected and reported back to the president so that systems could be considered for improvement.

The chapter advisors, Deborah Layton, Scott Layton, Tiffany Corley, and Melinda Neal who oversaw the students’ progress, are ecstatic about this achievement.

“We are quite proud of the commitment that it took from everyone involved in completing these projects,” Deborah Layton said.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses internationally. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.