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Phi Theta Kappa


PTK News & Events 2008-2009

Cowley PTK students attend International ConventionInternational Convention

Seven Cowley College students and their advisors joined over 3,500 other community college students from around the world at the 91st annual Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Grapevine, Texas April 16-19.

Convention goers attended workshops on a myriad of topics, including membership building, honors programs, fundraising, leadership and saving the environment. Keynotes speakers for the event were Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., environmental activist and attorney, and Dr. Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International and CNN host.

“Both gave great insights into current national issues, the energy and economic crisis, with an emphasis on how our country got to this point and what we need to do to turn things around,” said PTK advisor Nancy Ayers.
The students also visited The Stockyards (Billy Bob's) in Fort Worth, Texas and the Dallas Museum of Art where they toured the King Tut exhibit.

Phi Theta Kappa students that attended were Emily Crain, Phuong Huynh, Shayla Roebuck and Allie Crow from the Ark City campus, and Keoki Waipa, Tina Wohlford and Irona Cliver from the Mulvane center. Phi Theta Kappa advisors are Melinda Neal and Nancy Ayers.
Pictured, left to right: Melinda Neal, Shayla Roebuck, Phuong Huynh, Allie Crow, Emily Crain, Tina Wohlford, Keoki Waipa, and Nancy Ayers.


PTK MembersCowley students attend Phi Theta Kappa Kansas Regional Convention

Eleven Cowley PTK students attended the Phi Theta Kappa Kansas Regional Convention held Friday through Sunday, March 6-8 at the Clarion Hotel in Wichita.
Emily Crain and Tina Wohlford, received a plaque for winning the Service Hallmark Award. Crain and Wohlford presented “Tons of Fun”, which covered the electronic recycling project they have been working on.
While, Irona Cliver from the Mulvane Center, ran for the Regional Alumni Officer position and won.
Members of Cowley College’s Phi Theta Kappa organization will attend the Phi Theta Kappa International Conference in Grapevine Texas on April 16-April 19.
Here is a list of Regional Awards members of Cowley College’s PTK organization won at the PTK Kansas Regional Convention:

  • Service Hallmark Award – Top three of  Kansas region.
  • Certificate of appreciation for contribution in hosting the 2009 Kansas Region Convention
  • Certificate of appreciation for providing a Breakout Session during the 2009 Kansas Regional Convention
  • Certificate for Five Star Chapter
  • Most Improved Chapter in the Kansas Region – Honorable Mention •Paragon Award  Advisors – Melinda Neal
  • Paragon Award for New Advisors – Nancy Ayers – Honorable Mention
  • Kansas Region Horizon Award for New Advisors– Nancy Ayers
  • Distinguished Member Award – Jessie Zimmerman – Honorable Mention •Distinguished Chapter Officer Award – Tina Wohlford – Distinguished Recognition
  • Distinguished Chapter President Award – Keoki Waipa – Honorable Mention
  • Kansas Region Achievement in Art Award – Tina Wohlford – Distinguished Recognition
  • Kansas Region Achievement in Art Award – Cori Brooks – Outstanding Award Winner
  • Kansas Region Achievement in Literature Award – Rebecca Johnson – Honorable Mention
  • Kansas Region Achievement in Literature Award – Michelle Vishnefske – Distinguished Recognition
  • Regional Alumni officer - Irona Cliver

PTK Members honored at luncheon in Topeka

All State Honors

Four Cowley College students were recently honored at a luncheon in Topeka for being named to the Kansas All-State Academic Team.
Representing Cowley College were, Candice Bliss and Emily Crain from the Arkansas City campus, and Keoki Waipa and Tina Wohlford from the Mulvane center.
Cowley College president, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, and Board of Trustee members, Ron Godsey, Mark Patton, and Donna Avery attended the luncheon.
Cowley College students were joined by PTK sponsors Melinda Neal and Nancy Ayers.

Pluck The KardinalsSheet

On February 11th, Phi Theta Kappa members Made a banner for homecoming activities.

Members Tammie Zimmerman, Jessie Zimmerman, Kayla Slack, Ashley Heptig, Micaela Marks, Robert Young, and Joe Berg helped with the decorations.

Going Green

Going GreenPhi Theta Kappa members at Cowley College have been focusing on “Going Green” the past few semesters by recycling plastics, cans and paper.

Tina Wohlford, vice president of service at the Mulvane Center, who has a real passion for recycling, wanted to do more.  After several brainstorming sessions the group decided to contact the college technology department and the City of Mulvane to work on a plan to collect old electronic devices and transport them to a company that would recycle them. Countless hours were spent planning the project and contacting city officials and companies that would take the electronic devices.

recycleDates were set and advertisements were placed in several locations. Mulvane City Administrator, Kent Hixson, was more than happy to participate in the project. He offered to fence off a corner of an open parking lot right next to the city building and allow residents to drop off their electronics. The City of Mulvane agreed to pick up the tab of $5.00 for every television that was recycled, which amounted to  $175.00.

Melinda Neal, PTK co-advisor and her husband Marc drove their 20-foot horse trailer to the campus in Arkansas City and students helped load the electronics donated by the college into the trailer. On Saturday, the trailer was pulled to Mulvane where Phi Theta Kappa members were waiting to help load the Mulvane City donations.

Two trips had to be made to American Waste e-Recyclers in Wichita. The project was a huge success with approximately two and a half tons of electronics collected in the city of Mulvane and three tons collected from the college in Arkansas City.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa want to encourage everyone to help save the planet by recycling whenever possible.

Rock SpringsPTK Kansas Region Holds Honor's Institute at Rock Springs

The focus at the annual Kansas Region Honors Camp was on the society's international honor study topic, "The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges and Consequences".

Students from community colleges across the state enjoyed speakers and small group discussions surrounding the topic. A town hall meeting was held allowing students to individually voice their opinion concerning the positive and negative effects of affluence on our society in the areas of education and health care.

The retreat also included a bonfire and "Kappa Klatch" where students performed original and canned readings pertaining to the honor's topic.

Attending camp were Nancy Ayers, co-advisor and PTK members, Emily Crain, Keoki Waipa, Tina Wohlford, Crystal McGuire and Lisa Burns.

HalloweenSafe Treat Night festivities in Mulvane

Members of the Mulvane Phi Theta Kappa participated in the Safe Treat Night festivities in Mulvane on Halloween night. Executive V. P. Keoki Waipa agreed to be the Cowley Tiger and member Curtis Hecker and V. P. of Service Tina Wohlford were his helpers. The three, along with advisor Nancy Ayers, walked the downtown area of Mulvane and through the city park handing out candy to hundreds of little ghosts and goblins. The event was sponsored by the Mulvane Chamber of Commerce of which Cowley College is a member.

LeadershipRegional Leadership Conference

Six members of Cowley's Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, along with their advisor, attended the Regional Leadership Conference in Hutchinson, KS on September 26-27.

Students were involved in a mock election.  They were assigned different roles in the campaign and carried out those duties.  Senator Schmidt from Independence was the guest speaker.

Body WorksPTK Presents "BodyWorlds"

It was free popcorn and standing room only, as 35 students and staff attended a showing of the documentary "BodyWorlds" at the Mulvane Center on Wednesday. The presentation was sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and Tina Wohlford, Vice President of Service at the Mulvane Center, organized the activity.

The movie gave some interesting background and insight into the human body exhibit now showing at Exploration Place in Wichita.

A group of students from the Math and Science Club along with members of Phi Theta Kappa are traveling to Wichita on Oct. 10th to attend the exhibit. The narrator described how the bodies are prepared for the exhibit, addressing each system of the body. Even a section on prenatal development was included. Following the showing, many students participated in informal discussions about what they had seen in the documentary.

Cowley PTK officers, advisors attend summer planning retreat

Summer Planning

The Phi Theta Kappa Kansas Region held its annual summer planning retreat Friday and Saturday at El Dorado Lake with 12 chapters and 75 members participating.
Attending from Cowley College were four officers, Keoki Waipa, Whitney Hall, Tina Wohlford and Colleen Detar, along with their advisors, Melinda Neal and Nancy Ayers. Students spent Friday moving into their cabins and tents, boating at the lake and playing yard games. Intermittent showers dampened the plans for an outdoor movie, but campers still enjoyed hanging out together and sharing ideas for the upcoming school year.