POTEAU–Shirley Olund, Student Affairs Assistant and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Co-Advisor at Carl Albert State College, is one of 25 PTK chapter advisors recently recognized as 2012 Faculty Scholars. The 25 honorees were chosen from over 3,000 advisors following a rigorous application process.
The Faculty Scholars will participate in the Society’s Faculty Scholar Conference in February in Jackson, Ms. in preparation to serve as facilitators during PTK’s Honors Institute in Denver this June. Over 400 PTK members and chapter advisors from around the world will be in attendance at the Honors Institute. PTK will cover travel, accommodations, and program expenses for each Faculty Scholar to participate in both the conference and the honors institute.
“What a wonderful honor for Shirley,” said Dr. Brandon Webb, Carl Albert State College president. “We at CASC are proud to have her represent CASC at this level. To be selected as one of only 25 from a pool of thousands is outstanding, and we are excited for Shirley as she takes part in the upcoming PTK activities.
“We know she has much to offer, and at the same time will come back with new ideas and opportunities for our students here at Carl Albert to benefit from in the future. We have a very strong PTK Chapter at CASC, and the leadership provided by our chapter sponsors on campus certainly plays a part in that success.”
When asked about the award, Olund stated, “I was a student in the PTK chapter at CASC, and now have the privilege to serve as an advisor. It is exciting to witness the transformation so many of our students attain in their academic achievements and as they become distinct, servant-leaders.
“The past year has been amazing for the CASC chapter. We were named the top chapter in our Oklahoma/Arkansas region, and received top honors in the Action Award for the entire organization of PTK. In addition, I received both the Paragon and Horizon Award for new advisors.”
The PTK Honor Study topic for 2012-2014 is Culture of Competition. Olund stated the knowledge she gains at the conference and honors institute will be shared with the Alpha Delta Lambda chapter at CASC as the local students continue to grow and achieve distinction within the international honor society.
“We have been ranked as one of the top 100 chapters, and it is my goal to continue this level within PTK,” Olund said. “I strongly believe in the mission of PTK which recognizes academic excellence and provides opportunities for individuals to grow personally and professionally.
“I would like to thank Annette Staats for being such an amazing friend and mentor; and our Chapter-Relations Manager, Luke Davis, for encouraging me to apply. I also thank Dr. Webb for the opportunity to be part of the CASC PTK chapter, and a special thanks to the officers and members of PTK – they make it fun and keep it interesting.”