This semester the Phi Theta Kappa Kansas-Nebraska Regional Convention was held in Wichita at the Hyatt Regency from March 1-3 with the following in attendance: officers Bri Hutto, Bethany Wolff, Chandra Alford, Symantha Shelton, and advisor, Deborah Layton.

The students learned about scholarships available at various Kansas and Nebraska schools, heard an Honors in Action wrap up from the regional officer team and won fourth place in the Channing Competition where students had to submit a lip sync video in February. Members and officers with the help of Leah Darnell, mass communications student extraordinaire, celebrated their intellect lip syncing to a mash up of “Geekin” by and “Workin” by Big Smo featuring Alexander King.

Speaker Mark Potter, a Cowley College Tiger Athletic Hall of Famer, inspired the audience with his presentation called “Embrace the Journey.” He encouraged students to consider developing “process goals” in order to be the uncommon “one percenter.” These are goals that people can control on a daily basis that can help them focus on things that are important. He also discussed the “silent epidemic” of anxiety and depression from personal experience. He said there is strength in getting help, not weakness, and that it was important to him to use his influence to help and inspire other people. To find out more about Coach Potter, see

Fellowship activities for Friday included drawings for prizes, a painting session and the pool! PTKers painted an 8x10 canvas that they were able to take home with them.

“I enjoyed spending time with other officers while meeting other PTK members from other schools,” said chapter president, Bri Hutto. “The conference had great speakers and breakout sessions that I was able to learn from and that we will be able to apply to our campus.” 

Breakout sessions on Saturday included informational meetings on changes to the Five Star Chapter Plan, PTK 101, How to be an active alum after transferring to a university, and the college project. The chapter fellowship activity that day was a ride on the “Budapest Express,” a murder mystery escape room located at The Alley. The scholars escaped with six minutes still on the clock.

The students attended a banquet, award ceremony and dance Saturday night. Cowley proudly obtained hallmark awards with 10 different honors:

Most Outstanding Chapter Award - 3rd place

Honors in Action Award – 4th place 

College Project Award – 4th place

Distinguished Officer Team Award – 3rd place

President Brianne Hutto, vice president of leadership Emily Harris, vice president of fellowship Allison Wolfe, vice president of scholarship Symantha Shelton, vice president of service Thais Gomes, vice president of communication Bethany Wolff, and historian Chandra Alford

Distinguished Member Award – 3rd place, Megan Roth

Achievement in Literature Award in the Research Category, Brianne Hutto – 2nd place

Achievement in Art, Sculpture -- Chandra Alford, 2nd place 

Achievement in Art, Photography-- Chandra Alford – 3rd place

Yearbook Award – 4th place

Plaques were awarded to the following students for being a Competitive Edge Five Star Member: Allison Wolfe, Emily Harris, Brianne Hutto, Thais Gomes, Symantha Shelton, Bethany Wolff, Megan Roth and Chandra Alford.

Our chapter was celebrated for once again reaching the Five Star Level, which is the top status of achievement at the international organization. In addition, Alpha Gamma Upsilon is being recognized for its recruitment efforts as a Reach Rewards chapter for having a 26.5 percent acceptance rate, which surpasses the region, division and international rates.

Seven members will travel to the international convention, Catalyst, in Orlando, Florida, April 3-7.  Meanwhile, Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room to help raise funds for leadership conferences like the ones mentioned here. Tickets for $15 are available now in the Humanities office.