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PTK News & Events 2009-2010

International Convention

PTK Receives Awards at International Convention

Six chapter members and two advisors from Cowley’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter returned Sunday from Walt Disney World in Orlando. They joined over 3600 other Phi Theta Kappans who attended the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel and Resort. Those attending from Cowley were students, Phuong Huynh, Sarah Montgomery and Danielle Napier and advisor Melinda Neal from the Ark City campus; students James Walling, Irona Cliver and Justin Balmer and advisor Nancy Ayers from the Mulvane campus.

Awards are presented on the basis of achievement in many areas of programming, organizational structure and chapter participation. Irona Cliver, V. P. of Leadership for the Cowley chapter and V. P. of Alumni Relations for the Kansas Region, was awarded a Distinguished Regional Officer Award, one of only ten in the nation.

BowlingBowl For Kids Sake

Members of Phi Theta Kappa at Mulvane enjoyed pizza, pop and prizes as they participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl For Kids' Sake.

The event took place at Thunderbird Bowl in Wichita on Sunday afternoon, March 28th. The Alpha Gamma Upsilon team raised over $1000.

As with many other charitable organizations, Big Brothers/Big Sisters is experiencing great financial challenges and any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

ptk collageCowley’s PTK named Most Improved Chapter in the Kansas Region

Twelve members of the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and their faculty advisors attended the Kansas Regional Convention March 5-7 at the Marriott Hotel in Salina, KS.

At the awards banquet on Saturday evening, the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter at Cowley was presented with many honorable mentions, distinguished recognitions and distinguished hallmark awards, including Most Improved Chapter in the Kansas Region. (See list below).

As is tradition, the conference concluded with a dance following the awards banquet.

Honorable Mentions:
Sister Chapter Award (with Butler College) Yearbook Award – Irona Cliver
Distinguished Chapter President Award – Phuong Huynh
Paragon Award for Advisors – Nancy Ayers
Paragon Award for Advisors – Melinda Neal
Outstanding Chapter Award

Distinguished Recognitions:
Achievement in Art Award – Saundra Highsmith
Achievement in Literature Award – Irona Cliver
Chapter Communication Award – Whitney Hall
Distinguished Chapter Officer Award – Rebecca Johnson
Distinguished Member Award – Robin Ray

Distinguished Hallmark Awards:
Scholarship Hallmark
Service Hallmark
Most Improved Chapter
Five Star Chapter

PTK Spring Induction 2010
PTK spring 2010
Approximately, eighty guests gathered in the Wright Room of the Brown Center on Sunday afternoon, March 28th to witness the induction of twenty-seven new members into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Cowley College.

 ttendees consisted of family and friends of the inductees, as well as some faculty and administrators. Nancy Ayers, Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor at the Mulvane Campus, welcomed the inductees and guests.

Slade Griffiths, V. P. of Academic Affairs at Cowley was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the different “keys of life” and encouraged students to hold on to these keys and use them throughout their academic career and beyond.

Melinda Neal, faculty advisor at the Ark City campus, along with current Phi Theta Kappa officers conducted the induction ceremony and the new members were sworn in.


PTK students represent Cowley at honors luncheonAll State 2010

Recognized for being named to the Kansas All-State Academic Team, four Cowley College students were honored at a luncheon held at the Ramada Inn in Topeka on Thursday.
The State Academic Teams were introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.  The State Academic Teams are a division of the Academic All-American Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students, an international program sponsored annually be Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Representing Cowley College were Phuong Huynh and Aubrey Lyman from the Arkansas City campus, and Gregory Anderson and Rebecca Johnson from the Mulvane center.
Honorees and sponsors were given the opportunity to visit and tour the capital before the recognition luncheon.  One honoree from each of the colleges was recognized on the house floor on Thursday morning.  Phuong  Huynh, the college’s November Student of the Month, represented Cowley.  '

PTK Adopts a Garden

Phi Theta Kappa is partnering with Keep America Beautiful for their international service project. 
Keep America Beautiful challenges Phi Theta Kappa chapters to look closely at the needs of their community, to engage faculty members and fellow students in meaningful action, to broadcast successes, to educate, and, above all, to take personal responsibility for the world around them.

Cowley PTK students chose to help with the garden area between Kerr and Galle Johnson. Their tasks range from planting new plants, pulling weeds, scrubbing rocks, watering, removing dying annuals, and planting spring bulbs.

Induction fall09Fall induction ceremony held for Phi Theta Kappa

New inductees along with their many friends and relatives attended the 2009 fall induction ceremony of Phi Theta Kappa held Sunday inside Cowley College’s Earle N. Wright Community Room.
Melinda Neal, faculty advisor on the Ark City campus, welcomed the group and showed a video explaining the honor and benefits of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Irona Cliver, V. P. of Leadership on the Mulvane campus and Kansas Regional AlumniRelations Officer, was the speaker for the program. Cliver is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps and attends Wichita State University as well as Cowley College. She spoke about what membership in Phi Theta Kappa has meant to her and shared with the attendees her thoughts on the qualities of a good leader. She also encouraged the new members to get involved with their campus groups right away and take advantage of all Phi Theta Kappa has to offer. The Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter officers from both campuses conducted the induction ceremony and hosted the reception that followed.