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Phi Theta Kappa


2014-2015 News & Events



PTKPTK donates $500 to area libraries


As a commitment to scholarship and service, two of the pillars of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Cowley PTK Chapter recently donated $500 to the libraries of Winfield High School and Ark City Middle School to support literacy efforts.


The funds were raised over several years from book drives which pledged a portion of the proceeds to support reading programs. PTK officers decided to distribute the funds locally due to the budget constraints faced by many school districts. Donated funds will be used to purchase popular print and audio book sets that, when used in conjunction, have been shown to increase fluency, speed, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. read more


PTKPTK receives a Distinguished Chapter Award


Three 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. read more


Phi Theta Kappa holds induction ceremony


PTKOn Sunday, April 12, Phi Theta Kappa had its annual induction ceremony, officially welcoming 16 new members to the nationally recognized honors organization. Seventy-nine people attended this ceremony that was conducted in the Earle N. Wright Community Room by officers Amanda Krook, Kathryn McIntosh, Tori Anstine, Alecia Henson and Kandice Wright and advisors Deborah Layton, Scott Layton and Melinda Neal.


Guest speaker Keri Thompson, Kansas Region President and student at Labette Community College, presented the members with an informative and inspirational speech on the organization’s pillars: Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship and Service. read more


PTKPhi Theta Kappa students receive numerous awards at Kansas Regional Convention


This semester the Phi Theta Kappa Kansas Regional Convention was held in Wichita at the Holiday Inn East March 6-8.

Cowley College’s chapter was selected as first place winners for both the College Project on the Commit To Complete Campaign and the Honors in Action project on cell phone use in the classroom.  The Cowley College chapter was celebrated for once again reaching the Five Star Level, which is the top status of achievement at the international organization. read more


PTKPTK students honored at luncheon


Kayla Crane and Madison McDowell from Cowley College’s Arkansas City campus and Kathryn McIntosh and Nhat Nguyen from Cowley’s Mulvane Center were among the students honored in Topeka February 12 during the 20th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon.


Representing the state's 19 community colleges and a private two-year college, these scholars were named to the 2014-15 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents.


Other Cowley dignitaries at the luncheon were: Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch; Board of Trustees member Ron Godsey; vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths; executive director of enrollment management Josh Cobble; executive director of student affairs Jason O’Toole; Arkansas City PTK advisor Scott Layton, and Mulvane PTK advisor Melinda Neal.  read more


PTKPTK to host “Commit to Complete” signing at Cowley College Mulvane Center

Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. And that's exactly what students at Cowley College’s Mulvane Center and Arkansas City campus are promising to do – signing a mass pledge to complete their degrees and certifications before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market.

November 17 and 18, in the main lobby of the Mulvane Center, and November 19 and 20 at the Arkansas City campus students will have the opportunity to sign the completion banner, showing their commitment to completing their programs. The event is being hosted by the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Gamma Upsilon. This is part of a national community college movement. Phi Theta Kappa members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Corps, a national education initiative. read more


Phi Theta Kappa members have busy month

Writing WorkshopOn November 1, Cowley College Phi Theta Kappa president Amanda Krook; vice president Tori Anstine and advisor Deborah Layton, went to a Writing Workshop in Andover, KS.

Students learned the importance of preparing a vitae to distribute to those from whom they are asking recommendations. In addition, the College Project, Honors in Action research-based project and award opportunities were discussed. Kansas Region Honors

From November 7-9, PTK officers, Tori Anstine, Alecia Henson and Kandice Wright, and sponsor, Deborah Layton, attended the Kansas Region Honors in Action Conference in Junction City, KS, among 115 present.
Cowley contributed to the Alumni Association’s service project to donate cold weather gear and had the opportunity to speak with transfer college representatives at a college fair. They participated in many breakout sessions including College Fish and Scholarship guidance, the Community College Completion Challenge, how to get the Competitive Edge, Research as a Vital Component in Honors in Action, and Hallmark Awards workshops. read more


PTK students attend district meeting in Iola

PTKMembers of Cowley College’s Alpha Gamma Upsilon, the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and advisor, Deborah Layton, recently attended the district meeting in Iola, Kansas.
The one-day event on September 27 was directed at building stronger chapters with knowledge of the organization’s structure and origin, information regarding the Honors in Action research project, and time for fellowship among district members.

Students also got to video conference with the Associate Director of Regional and Chapter Development for Division III, Mia Ramos-Shirley, who shared ideas on chapter development.

Picture from left to right are Kandice Wright, Alecia Henson and Amanda Krook.


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