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Don Bickley Chosen as Finalist

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by Ryan Adkins No Comments

PWSCC students have the opportunity to conduct science labs in a virtual world, using virtual chemicals and virtual lab coats. Using the Second Life venue, Don Bickley and Julie Fronzuto have been creating an innovative way for our students in all locations to experience a real time learning environment like no other. As Julie says, “Don takes my ideas and turns them into virtual labs that we use in an online Biology course, quite successfully.” The work was entered into a challenge and the entry has been selected as a finalist for the “Engaging Learning” focus area of the Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge.  As a result, Don has been invited to attend the GameTech conference (gametechconference.com) March 28-30, 2012.  Says their web site, “GameTech is a unique user-focused conference dealing with gaming technologies that enhance warfighter training. Gaming experts will discuss the current state of gaming technologies. Government, industry and academia will share knowledge, research and technology on virtual worlds and games for training.”

 Congratulations to Don for amazing work and innovative spirit!

Phi Theta Kappa Honored

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by Ryan Adkins No Comments

The Alpha Psi Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa represented our state well at the Spring Conference in Tacoma, Washington.  Diane Hawkins was elected as the Vice President for Region IV (Alaska) and will be attending the International Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, in April with Kerra Apolo, our chapter vice president, and advisor Chris Washko.

Alpha Psi Gamma achieved its chapter goal and earned the Five Star Level.  This award is based on a series of projects that involve both scholarship and service.  The results of the chapter’s activities for 2011 were reported to the International headquarters; subsequently, they are scored and each region ranks their chapters accordingly.  In competition with 56 other chapters, Alpha Psi Gamma received the following regional awards:

3rd Place as Distinguished Chapter

3rd Place for Honors in Action Project (“Where Do You Wear”)

PTK March 2012 Awards

The chapter is now preparing for two orientation meetings for prospective new members: 3:00 pm on March 21 and March 23.  Students will receive their invitations this week and are encouraged to attend one of these orientations in order to find out what Phi Theta Kappa can do for them and what they can also do for Phi Theta Kappa if they are looking for a way to enhance both their scholarship and civic engagement.

For more information, contact either of the co-advisors: Chris Washko or Gail Renardson.