March 16, 2020
The Phi Theta Kappa Kansas-Nebraska regional convention was held March 6-8 at the Hilton Double Tree in Lawrence, Kansas. Attending from Cowley College Alpha Gamma Upsilon were president Priscilla Bianchini and vice president Childress Rittle. Attending from Cowley College Beta Phi Upsilon was advisor, Melinda Neal.
Attendees had opportunities to gain information about Phi Theta Kappa’s Competitive Edge Program, Scholarships, and Fundraising opportunities during breakout sessions on Saturday. Both Bianchini and Rittle had a chance to interact with officers and members of other chapters in the region.
Three informative speakers entertained and educated participants throughout the weekend. Adrienne Bulinski, a Liberal native, a KU graduate, and Miss Kansas 2005 shared her personal journey and the important role that attitude, dreams, and perseverance plays in our lives.
Jasmine Merrill, a five time author and entrepreneur in Kansas City, Missouri, shared her 3D model on writing goals: Discover, Develop and Deliver.
The last speaker for the weekend was VJ Smith, author of The Richest Man in Town, shared his experiences as the Executive Director of South Dakota State University Alumni Association and his relationship with “the guy that changed his life” Marty Anderson, an elderly Walmart greeter. He reminded us that “You get what you give,” and “in life you got to give a little more!”
Both of Cowley College’s chapters were recognized at the Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.
Awards for Alpha Gamma Upsilon
- Five Star Level
- Distinguished Officer Team Award – 5th place Priscilla Bianchini and Childress Rittle
- College Project – 5th place
- Priscilla Bianchini received a plaque for completion of the Five Star Competitive Edge program
- Jennifer Rupp - Horizon Advisor Award
Awards for Beta Phi Upsilon
- Two Star Level
- Distinguished Officer Team Award – 3rd place Hattie Staley, Adrienne Norris, and Allie Wright
- College Project – Honorable Mention
- Melinda Neal received a plaque for completion of Five Star Advisor Program
In addition, both chapters were recognized for recruitment efforts as Reach Rewards Chapters. Chapters would like students to consider joining this great organization to reap the many benefits. Emails and postcard invitations have been sent to qualifying members from ptk.org. Contact local advisors with questions.