March 6, 2018
Cowley PTK sweeps Kansas region Hallmark Awards
This semester the Phi Theta Kappa Kansas-Nebraska Regional Convention was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Cornhusker Marriot from March 2-4 with the following Cowley College PTK members in attendance: officers Edgar Fuentes, Julian Cornejo and Symantha Shelton, and advisor, Deborah Layton.
The students were able to participate in the regional officer political rally, a college fair and breakout sessions including “Picking the Perfect Profession for Your Personality” and “Ways to Stay Involved as an Alum.”
The students heard an end of year report for its region and presentations for two international officer candidates, along with participating in Game Night.
On Saturday, the group contributed to a service project called “Lincoln Kids Against Hunger” where they packaged meals for over 6,000 people.
They also went to the University of Nebraska campus to walk through the Sheldon Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden.
The students attended a banquet, award ceremony and dance Saturday night. Cowley proudly swept the Kansas region Hallmark Awards with 16 different honors, including:
Most Outstanding Chapter Award - 3rd place
Honors in Action Award - 2nd place
College Project Award - honorable mention
Distinguished Officer Team Award - 5th place (President Edgar Fuentes, Vice President of Leadership, Symantha Shelton, Vice President of Fellowship, Julian Cornejo, and Vice President of Scholarship Kelsie Whitcomb)
Distinguished Officer Award, Kelsie Whitcomb - 5th place
Distinguished Officer Award, Symantha Shelton - honorable mention
Great Idea Award - 5th place
Achievement in Literature Award, Julian Cornejo - 3rd place
Achievement in Art--Photography, Kelsie Whitcomb - 4th place
Plaques were awarded to the following students for being a Competitive Edge Five Star Member: Edgar Fuentes, Kaitlyn Taylor and Gemma Dunn.
The Cowley PTK chapter was celebrated for once again reaching the Five Star Level, which is the top status of achievement at the international organization.
The convention had several keynote speakers. Dr. Mitch Stimers, Chief Information Officer and Instructor of Geography and Geosciene at Cloud County Community College presented the next Honors in Action themes on Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change.
Next was keynote speaker Amanda Karpinski, an international vice president of PTK. She discussed the current campaign “IAMPTK” and the impact the organization has had on her life. Following was a student speaker for “Up to Us” sponsored by Net Impact. The presentation was about how student leaders can mobilize their campus community doing activities that spread awareness for fiscal policy and the national debt, which affects the futures of this generation’s students.
The last and one of the most exciting speakers of the convention was coach Kevin Kush, whose inspiring speech based on his book A Piece of the Puzzle: Eight Traits of a Quality Teammate, had the students thinking and laughing about life lessons and leadership. Mr. Kush is a long-time teacher, coach and speaker, and was featured on ABC World News Tonight as their Person of the Week. He spoke about the importance of taking pride in your work no matter what it is. He said that in order to be a quality piece of the puzzle, one must believe in the team concept, exhibit selfless behavior, respect everyone, handle adversity, adapt to change, accept feedback, demonstrate high energy and be accountable.
The weekend wrapped up with drawings for prizes and a scholarship awarded by the Alumni Association to a Labette Community College student.
Five members of Cowley College PTK will travel to the international convention, Catalyst, in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 18-22. Meanwhile, Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction on Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Brown Center’s Earle N. Wright Community Room to help raise funds for leadership conferences like the ones mentioned here. Tickets for the event will be sold after spring break.