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Anderson and Graham honored at Phi Theta Kappa All-Kansas Team Luncheon
Two Cowley College-Mulvane Campus students were named to the 2016-2017 All Kansas Academic Team and were honored in Topeka on Thursday, February 16.
The event, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT), and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents, serves to recognize top students from the state's community colleges.
Scholars recognized from this event included Courtney Anderson and Abigail Graham, members of Beta Phi Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Mulvane campus.
While in Topeka, Anderson and Graham were able to tour the capital building and meet with the wife of their district's house representative, Mrs. Karen DeGraaf of Mulvane, KS. Additionally, Courtney Anderson was among the 10 students honored on the floor during the 11 a.m. house legislative session by Representative Richard Proehl of Labette, KS.
At the luncheon, Anderson and Graham were able to have lunch with and speak to Mrs. DeGraaf about their future plans and their experiences in community college. The keynote speaker was Reverend Dr. Jamie Washington, who spoke about engagement and that if you can leave things better than you found them, your time will not be in vain. He encouraged those in attendance to be active participants in their lives and to commit to specific goals each day of the week to better themselves as leaders in society.
Each scholar received a $300 educational scholarship, a medallion commemorating their membership in the All-Kansas Academic Team and a certificate signed by Governor Sam Brownback. In addition, each scholar is awarded a minimum of $1,000 transfer scholarship if they transfer to any of the Kansas Board of Regents Universities, Washburn University, or a Kansas independent college.
Anderson and Graham are now nominated for the All-USA Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community College. Qualifying team members receive an additional $2,500 stipend and will be featured in USA Today.
More about Mulvane's All Kansas Academic Team Scholars
Courtney Anderson of Derby, KS is a Chemical Engineering Major who plans to transfer to Kansas State University. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the chair of the Honors in Action Committee, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, and was named to the Dean's list. Additionally, Anderson works in the summers for KDOT helping maintain and clean highways. Anderson hopes to become a Petroleum Engineer after completing her degree.
Abigail Graham of Wichita, KS is an Anthropology Major who plans to transfer to Kansas State University. She hopes to complete her degree in Anthropology and participate in archeological digs as history is fascinating to her. Beta Phi Upsilon would like to express how proud the chapter is of these two scholars.
Mulvane PTK hosts inaugural induction ceremony
On Sunday December 11, 2016 the Beta Phi Upsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society hosted its chartering and first induction ceremony. The event was a spectacular success with a small brass ensemble from Southwestern College and a standing room only crowd of family and friends.
In attendance were keynote speaker and college President Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, regional coordinator Ms. Tammy Fuentez, regional President Mr. Curtis Walters, regional Vice President Alyssa Dehncke, chapter advisor Chad Killblane and chapter advisor Tiffany Killblane. Additionally, representatives of Alpha Phi Alpha, Butler Community College, Eta Gamma, Coffeyville Community College, Tau Theta, Independence Community College and Beta Omega, Labette Community College were in attendance.
Dr. Rittle gave a pointed speech on leadership, in which he stressed the need to find your own voice. He encouraged everyone to know who they are as they progress through their educational careers and life. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of remaining centered and aware. After his talk Dr. Rittle was presented the chapter charter by Ms. Fuentez, and the officers were installed by Ms. Alyssa Schartz, alumni of the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter.
Beta Phi Upsilon Runs for St. Jude
On December 2, member Courtney Anderson, Cowley College almunus Alyssa Schartz and Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Tiffany and Chad Killblane departed Coffeyville with the Kansas-Nebraska region to attend St. Jude Memphis Marathon weekend.
Every December, the Kansas-Nebraska Region of Phi Theta Kappa takes a service trip to Memphis, TN to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Some members pass out water at aid stations while others run in the races after having raised money for the hospital.
St. Jude is a cause the Kansas-Nebraska Region feels strongly about as no patient or family ever receives a bill for food, travel, hotel or treatment from the hospital. Team Kan-Neb typically contains many “St Jude Heroes” who commit to raise money for the organization and sign up for one of the four races.
St. Jude is a hospital committed to ending childhood cancer and other diseases. It was founded by Danny Thomas and costs approximately two million dollars a day to run. For the past 15 years, the hospital has held a race to raise money for their operations.
This year, all attendees of Beta Phi Upsilon (BPU) ran one of the races: Courtney Anderson ran the 5k, Alyssa Schartz ran the 10k, and the Killblanes ran the half marathon. Overall, BPU raised $1,200 for St. Jude. Members described their races as powerful, moving, and emotional.
Part of each course takes participants through the heart of the Research Hospital and many patients are outside cheering the runners on. Quotes, posters and bystanders are also plentiful for encouragement.
After the races on Saturday, the region enjoyed fellowship with one another as they took to iconic Beale Street to explore Memphis despite the rain. Everyone had a wonderful trip and they returned home Sunday tired but with an experience they will never forget.
The picture above shows the Kansas-Nebraska Region attendees outside of the St. Jude Marathon expo on Friday night.
Beta Phi Upsilon Attends Honors in Action Conference
On November 4-6, six students and two advisors of the Beta Phi Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Mulvane campus attended a regional conference in Lincoln, NE. The three day conference featured seminar groups to discuss the rising cost of education and FAFSA. Students met others from their Kansas-Nebraska region, participated in breakout sessions over honors in action, college projects, alumni associations, running for office and more.
Pictured left to right, back to front are: Members Abigail Graham, Courtney Anderson, Ethan Aldrich, Officer Amira Lamb, Member Emileigh Bond, Officer Jeramy Lamar, Channing Bear (Region Mascot), Advisors Tiffany and Chad Killblane.
Saturday morning, students toured the capital and learned of its history, construction, and what the many murals and painting represented. Some students journeyed to the top of the tower and saw Lincoln from the highest point in the city.
After the capital building, the chapter visited the Sheldon Art Museum on the University of Lincoln-Nebraska's campus to view unusual art that challenged traditional stereotypes of art. In the seminar groups, students discussed the art and what they thought it represented.
During the Saturday general sessions, four Beta Phi Upsilon members participated in a Scholars Bowl with general knowledge and PTK questions. Although they did not win, it was a lot of fun and a very close round. They continued their honors in action product on Beauty and Vulgarity in a digital age by asking the region to participate in their research with them through a survey and photo shoot.
Friday and Saturday nights contained fellowship opportunities, first with board games and then with a trip to Champions of Fun for bowling, miniature golf and arcade games.
Sunday, Demoine Adams, a former Nebraska Huskers defensive lineman and motivational speaker addressed the group about getting into "Leader Shape". He emphasized that we can change our environments and those around us so that we are products of positivity, not negativity. He also encouraged attendees to help provide commas in the lives of others instead of leaving them with periods. The comma, Mr. Adams said, is a chance to change direction and an indication that this is not the end of the story. Beta Phi Upsilon left motivated and enthusiastic for Phi Theta Kappa's mission and work.
Brisket Feed at Mulvane
On Wednesday, October 19 from 11am to 3pm the Mulvane Math and Science Club held a free Brisket Feed for students. Many thanks for Uwe Conrad who prepared the delicious brisket for the sandwiches. The Mulvane Math and Science Club served 36 pounds of brisket!
Barbecue Lunch at Mulvane
On Wednesday, October 13 from 11am to 3pm the Mulvane Math and Science Club held a free Barbecue Lunch for students. The club realizes how hard students work during the semester and wanted to reward them during the middle. Many thanks for Uwe Conrad who prepared the barbecue meat for the sandwiches. The Mulvane Math and Science Club served 80 sandwiches!
Oktoberfest at Mulvane
On Tuesday, October 4 from 11am to 3pm the Mulvane Math and Science Club held their annual OktoberFest. The club would like to thank all of our customers! We raised $63.00. The club is raising money through activities to remodel part of Mulvane West to create a lunch area for students.
The club would like to extend a special thanks to our chef Uwe Conrad who delivered some fantastic polish sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels with cheese sauce.
Math and Science Club Bridge Contest
The Math and Science Club sponsored a bridge contest where students could design a bridge using the West Point Bridge Designer Program. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the event. A special mention goes out to the naming of the teams including "99 Probs But A Bridge Ain't 1,” "Minus Nein Bridges Road,” and many more clever names. It is a yearly tradition that is enjoyed by many students. Our winners of the 2016 contest are:
1st place Rocco Ybarra (Banjo)
Congratulations to all the winners! A special thank you goes out to Uwe Conrad who donated the prizes for the contest.
"Hot Legs in the Hall" event raised money for Math & Science Club.
Pies in the faces for Pi Day
The Mulvane Math and Science club celebrated PI Day early on March 9.? Students had been voting with "spare change" on which of the three instructors: Ryan Doom, Uwe Conrad or Chad Killblane would receive a pie in the face.? A frito pie chili feed was also held to raise money.? read more
Douglass High School students tour Cowley CTE program
Wanting to learn more about programs offered in Cowley College’s Career and Technical Education Department, students from Douglas High School had an opportunity to tour the school’s facilities. The students are interested in Cowley College’s CTE programs at the school’s Mulvane Center. The students range in age from freshmen to juniors and plan to attend Cowley’s automotive or welding programs.“They were very interested in both programs and I expect most of them to come back starting next fall,” Joe Clasen, Career and Technical Education Department Chair said.
Phi Theta Kappa Mulvane Students Raise $479 for Upcoming Conference
All you can eat chili for the price of a can of food
On Wednesday, December 9 from 11:30am to 2:00pm the Mulvane Math and Science Club offered an "all you can eat" chili feed. The price was a can of food. The food was then donated to the Methodist Church food drive. The club would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and our chef Uwe Conrad! He prepared the delicious chili.
November Food Drive!
Mulvane Math and Science Club celebrates Veterans' Day
Math and Science club's October Fest raised $70
The Mulvane Center Math and Science club held their annual October Fest on the 7th. The club offered unlimited polish sausages and sauerkraut to students for only a dollar. With a large number of students participating they were able to raise $70 which will fund their annual field trip. The club would like to extend a special thanks to our chef Uwe Conrad who delivered some fantastic polish sausages and sauerkraut. Unfortunately nobody performed a traditional dance but Uwe Conrad and Chad Killblane sang together to honor OktoberFest.
The State of Kansas will pay tuition so high school students can take the fast-track toward earning a degree, certificate, industry-recognized credentials, or work-ready skills. read more
See what’s happening in Mulvane!
Shakespeare In The Park
“Hamlet” - Sunday Sept. 6 @ 7:00 p.m. – Mulvane Main Street Park
Wichita Shakespeare Company is a not for profit theatrical organization based in Wichita, Kansas. It is our mission to provide quality, free of charge performances of Shakespearean plays in a setting that is accessible, and provide an opportunity for those interested in working in the arts to develop their skills through practical application. WSC presents the Shakespeare in the Park series each summer.
Mulvane Old Settlers - tradition for 142 years!