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Fowler Named PTK Faculty Scholar in 2020

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Dr. Kathleen Fowler, an English instructor at Surry Community College, has been named a Faculty Scholar for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for 2020. As one of 30 selected advisors, she will facilitate small group discussions at the Honors Institute in June at Loyola University in Chicago.

“I am humbled by this opportunity,” says Dr. Fowler. “This will be the first time our chapter has been represented at the National Honors Institute. I look forward to the challenge.”

The Surry Community College’s PTK chapter was named one of the top 100 out of 1,300 chapters worldwide in 2019. The college’s PTK organization does campus service projects and participates in a college-wide service project each year. In 2019, the chapter worked on an Honors in Action project which surveyed students concerning their knowledge of drug addiction and its effects on the community. They also coordinated with several other groups within the community to create a documentary on drug addiction in Surry County which they presented in conjunction with a special visit in April by Beth Macy, the author of “DOPESICK,” at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology at Surry Community College.

This year the chapter is also working in partnership with Surry County’s Opioid Response team to create resource guides for families impacted by substance abuse. The local chapter has also helped to stock the local Foster Children’s Food Pantry, collected socks for the Eastern Carolina Homeless Organization, and donated supplies to the YEDDI Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,300 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 120,000 students inducted annually.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact PTK's Faculty Advisor Dr. Kathleen Fowler at (336) 386-3560 or fowlerk@surry.edu, or go to www.ptk.org. You can also follow the local chapter on Facebook @surryPhiThetaKappa.

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