April 29, 2015

BY Steve O'Keefe Ed.D
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE –The John A. Logan College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, recently won five prestigious awards at NerdNation, the society’s international conference in San Antonio, Texas.  The chapter received a Top 100 Chapter award and a Distinguished Chapter Award, placing them in the top 50 chapters in the nation.  The group also received the Distinguished Project Award and Distinguished Theme Award.  The students’ Honors in Action project explored political economy by researching value-added taxes.

In addition to the students Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Education, Dr. Tim Daugherty, was named a Distinguished College Administrator for his outstanding support of PTK and all John A. Logan College students. 

Seven Upsilon Pi members were among the 4,000 conference attendees: Europe Doan (Upsilon Pi president); Brandi Husch (vice president of membership); Kayla Malone (fundraising coordinator/treasurer); Tori Ladd (secretary); Steven Whitaker (vice president of fellowship and service); Lauren DeRossett (vice president of public relations); and Emily Buetow (member). They were accompanied by their advisor, Adrienne Barkley Giffin.

NerdNation offered educational forums, and featured an impressive list of speakers that included Grammy Award winning musician, John Legend and journalist, Malcolm Gladwell.  Chapter President Europe Doan said the experience will have a long lasting impact on her and the other students.

“Everyone returned from the conference thrilled for the validation of our successful year,  proud to have had the opportunity to represent John A. Logan College in such a profound way, and anxious to embark on upcoming chapter projects,” said Doan. 

The first project that the group will take on will be a class sample day called the “Logan Lowdown, Eliminating the Uncertainties” on May 15.  During the event current students and high school students will be able to attend classes that they are interested in taking in the future.   


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