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Phi Theta Kappa


PTK News & Events 2011-2012

Alpha Gamma Upsilon named Five Star Chapter for fifth consecutive year
conferenceEight Cowley College students and their faculty advisors attended the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Conference at the Wichita Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, where Cowley’s Alpha Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was named a Five Star Chapter for the fifth consecutive year.
The weekend event was packed full of learning, fellowship and service, the three hallmarks of the International Honor Society. A political rally was held and regional officers were elected. The Kansas Region held its regular business meeting where attending chapters gave reports on their current activities and shared ideas. Several universities were represented at the transfer college fair.  Excellent keynote speakers included Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General, who spoke about Competition in Politics: Campaigning is not the same as Governing; Colonel Mark Johnson, Green Beret, author and Motivational Speaker, who spoke about leadership and team building, while sharing many of his experiences while serving all over the world; and Danny Thomas, President and General Manager for KOAM-TV in Joplin, MO, who share his experiences with the Joplin tornado and how people can make a difference. read more
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Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members
Twenty students participated in the 2011-2012 Phi Theta Kappa new member induction ceremony on Sunday, March 4th in the Wright Room of the Brown Center. Over 80 guests shared the special day with their honorees. read more

Student at Mulvane Center breaks records at Arnold Sports Festival
Michael FoxWhether he is achieving success in the classroom or in the area of powerlifting, Cowley College student Michael Fox strives for excellence.

Fox’s drive and determination have led to his being named to the All-Kansas Academic Team and compiling a 3.96 grade point average at Cowley. The Secondary Education/Physics major graduated from Douglass High School and chose to attend Cowley because he thought it was an inexpensive way to receive a great education.

At Cowley, Fox is a member of the Math and Science Club, Natural Science Advisory Council, Phi Theta Kappa, and is a work study tutor. He was named to the All Kansas Academic Team and is involved in the Cowley Weightlifting Club. His twin brother, Matt, is a student at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City, and is also involved in weightlifting. read more


Alpha Gamma Upsilon named a Five-Star Chapter for fifth straight year
Fulfilling all one through four star level requirements, the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Cowley College was recently named a Five-Star Chapter for the fifth straight year. read more


Phi Theta Kappa Application Letters
PTKMulvane Phi Theta Kappa members, Chris Romero and Michael Nguyen, spent several hours stuffing 550 envelopes with letters of invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. The letters were sent out to eligible Cowley Students the first week in February.
Did you recently receive a letter from Dr. Patrick McAtee, President of Cowley College, inviting you to join Phi Theta Kappa? Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States and many countries around the world.  read more

Cowley students attend PTK Honors Luncheon
The 17th Annual Kansas All-State Academic Team luncheon was held on Thursday, February 16 at the Ramada Inn in Topeka, KS. This team is made up of two honor student representatives from each attendance center of every community college in Kansas. Representing Cowley College were Hannah Dillard and Patrick Curl from the Arkansas City campus, and Mark Janzen and Michael Fox from the Mulvane Center.
Each member of the Kansas All-Sate Academic Team receives an honorary medallion and certificate, state-wide recognition through the media, a stipend to be used at the institution of his/her choice and a minimum of $1,000 scholarship to any of the state universities and many of the private universities in Kansas.

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 by Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges. read more



Ali Ybarra, a huge KU fan, won the K-State baby gear
The Phi Theta Kappa group at Mulvane wrapped up its annual Valentine's Sale/ Raffle/ Bake Sale on Valentine's Day after a very successful week. Gift items included everything from fancy chocolates and candy bags for kids to recordable roses and sterling silver and turquoise earrings.  read more
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Phi Theta Kappa members attend Honors in Action Regional Conference
PTK What do you think comes to the mind of the average non-resident of Kansas when they are asked about our state? What image would you want people from other parts of the country to have of Kansas? These are some of the questions that nine Cowley student members and two faculty advisors were asked to consider while attending the Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action Kansas Regional Conference at the Clarion Hotel in Manhattan, KS on Nov. 4-6. read more
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"Commit to Complete""Commit to Complete"
Over 300 Cowley students at the Mulvane Center signed the "Commit to Complete" banner, demonstrating the commitment to finish their associate degrees or certificate programs before leaving Cowley.
The "Community College Completion Corps (C4) Project" was sponsored by the Mulvane members of Alpha Gamma Upsilon, Cowley's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  read more
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PTK members attend the fall Southern District meeting
Members of the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Cowley College traveled to Parsons, KS on Saturday, Sept. 10 to attend the fall Southern District Meeting.
Kansas Regional officers shared the goals of the region as well as the Honors in Action Project for the region. Discussion also included the Community College Completion Corps (C4) project and the Honors Study Topic for the year, "The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise".
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