Kansas will salute 55 community college scholars for their academic accomplishments February 12 in Topeka during the Nineteenth Annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon. The event will be held at the Ramada Inn Hotel in Topeka in conjunction with February's Kansas Board of Regents meeting.  Those in attendance will hear from Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 

Colby Students Honored for Academic Excellence

Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 06:34 PM

Kansas will salute 55 community college scholars for their academic accomplishments February 12 in Topeka during the Nineteenth Annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon. The event will be held at the Ramada Inn Hotel in Topeka in conjunction with February's Kansas Board of Regents meeting.  Those in attendance will hear from Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Representing the state's 19 community colleges and a private two-year college, these scholars have been named to the 2014-15 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents.

Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for students attending community and two-year colleges. Membership is based on high grade point averages and other criteria, with members focusing on scholastic achievement and service to community and campus. These 55 individuals are part of a statewide student body of more than 132,500 students enrolled at the 19 Kansas community colleges.

Each scholar was selected by his or her own community college for the annual statewide academic team, and each scholar also is a nominee for the 2014-15 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by the newspaper USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges. First team members each receive a $2,500 stipend and will be featured along with second and third team members in USA Today. Team members are also presented with medallions. Names of the students will be placed on the society's Web site, www.ptk.org.

Colby Community College students chosen for this honor are Erica Cusnariov from Maldona, Chisinau and Steven Nelson, St. Francis.

Cusnariov is majoring in pre-medicine and computer science.  She is the Phi Theta Kappa Colby chapter Vice President and serves as a peer tutor.

Nelson is a criminal justice major.  He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, president of the Circle K Club, Criminal Justice Association president, a Resident Assistant, Student Ambassador and church volunteer.