The annual Academic Team Celebration and Induction Ceremony for the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was Sunday in the Brown Center’s Earle N. Wright Community Room, with 61 new members welcomed to PTK.
The celebration was conducted by officers Trevor McDowell, Allie Wright, Shelby White, Brianna Dutton and Adrienne Norris, along with advisors Jennifer Rupp and Melinda Neal.
The chapter has actively engaged in projects during the year despite the pandemic. They have happily grown the student pantry that provides free food, toiletries and cleaning supplies to students in need, and they have successfully implemented their plan to provide a shuttle to Walmart for students without reliable transportation.
Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle was on hand to present the All-Kansas Academic Team of Brianna Dutton, Trevor McDowell and Adrienne Norris with a scholarship for their achievements. A number of students applied for this honor in the fall, and through a series of essays demonstrating their leadership and volunteerism, these three were selected to represent Cowley. The students also received certificates and medals as recognition.
A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation by Humanities and Communication Department Chair Marlys Cervantes, who encouraged the students to “live in the moment,” which is a concept she teaches through storytelling. She went on to express how various well-known people, from athletes and scientists to authors and musicians, did not quit in the face of failures and adversity, but strove onward to let passion lead them. She also spoke of Toke Paludan Moller’s ideas about the three levels of storytelling and their power as they relate to the pillars of PTK: scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service. She concluded by inviting students to seek joy but to remember their responsibility to the world as they are the future.
Officers also chose to honor admissions representative Mandi Hernandez with a certificate of appreciation and commemorative pin for her support of them and the organization. She was instrumental in assisting students with their idea for a college service project to beautify the area between Galle Johnson and Kerr Technology building. The chapter intends to work with other student groups on campus to sustain the landscape.
After signing the membership book with their own PTK pens, students were presented with a white rose symbolizing purity, with buds representing intellectual associations, ribbon-wrapped in the official colors of blue and gold. The ceremony ended with pictures and cookies imprinted with Phi Theta Kappa’s key.
New Inductees were Charmaine Aggson, Gavin Beesley, Britney Bounvongxay, Rowan Catlett, Rhea-Lee Childs, Javyn Contreras, Jordan Cory, Jacob Denholm, Elijah Espinoza, Rachel Failing, Austin Fink, Brooke Finnell, Shelby Fuqua, Josie Gage, Corbin Gillihan, Karissa Glover, Javier Gonzalez Pla, Kyler Hamed, Samuel Hanna, Juli Hickenbottom, Marc Hunter, Edwin Isinta, Cody Kerner, Alexis Kirk, Aimee Kozushko, Anisa Layton, Thomas Lee, Elise Legrand, Caleb Liermann, Corbin Liermann, Caitlin Lockett, Spencer Maclaughlin, McKenna Markle, Emaleigh Martin, Sophia Martin, Faith McElroy, Nevaeh McKissick, Bethany Middendorf, Hannah Moncada, Joshua Montgomery, Nikolette Morrissey, Josie Munson, Madason Ouellet, Elsa Pelicant, Brian Powell, Carolina Pruss De Abreu, Julien Ramirez, Megan Reynolds, Peyton Reynolds, Xoel Rodriguez Abad, Bryce Runyan, Holly Saguto, Madilynn Sanderholm, Keely Solida, Isabella Sturgeon, Marissa Teter, Cecilia Trent, Hunter Turner, Garrett Vandeventer, Katy Windsor and Caden Wood.