MARCH 28, 2007

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Campus honor club wins top award for third straight year

When the Eastern Oklahoma State College Theta Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society returned from spring conference, they brought with them a number of awards that a few years ago could only have been seen from afar.

The Wilburton college chapter received its third consecutive “5-Star Chapter Award” at the Regional Oklahoma/Arkansas PTK Conference held in Eureka Springs, AR, recently. In all, the chapter received eight awards.

Eastern Chapter Advisor Brenda Kennedy says that it takes an “extreme amount of effort by a number of students” for the chapter to earn the top award.

“Each year during the spring semester we set goals for the coming year including projects we expect to complete,” she said. “It takes a huge amount of effort by all the PTK students to earn the 5-Star chapter rating.”

Chapter projects have included the cancer fundraiser Relay for Life; fundraisers for ill Eastern faculty, students and staff; Vote Smart program to encourage voter registration; Books for Tots and canned goods campaign at graduation and raising breast cancer awareness.

Each December the chapter participates in the Toys for Tots program. The members distribute to Eastern student families in need, the McAlester Youth Shelter, Wilburton community Angel Tree and to the Pushmataha County Jail Ministry system.

Kennedy received one of three “Horizon Awards” presented for outstanding chapter advisors in the 42 chapter two-state region for her efforts to maintain high local chapter accomplishments.

PTK is a national scholastic honor society with local chapters at colleges and universities across the United States. Eastern’s chapter generally has nearly 100 students qualify for local chapter membership annually.

The chapter also received the Scholarship Hallmark award, Service Hallmark award, Most Distinguished Chapter award and the Pinnacle Silver Chapter award.

Chapter members received the Distinguished Chapter President award, second place to Jim Coffey from Prairie Grove, AR; Distinguished Chapter Member Award, third place to Jana Chancellor, Talihina, and Distinguished Experience Award, second place to Advisor Kennedy.

Kennedy said chapter officers put a lot of time and effort into making the awards possible include: Coffey, president; Caroline Fairweather from Hominy, vice president of scholarship; Amanda Wingo, Henryetta, vice president of service; Krista Rowland, Pittsburg, vice president of leadership; Justin Mitchell, Broken Arrow, vice president of fellowship; Jennifer Robertson, Fanshawe, secretary; Ryann Skiles, Vilonia, AR, public relations and Student Senate Representatives Mandy Atkinson, Wilburton, and Levi Robbins, Moyers.

Contact: Hank Mooney, EOSC, (918) 465-1804