TBCC student honored for high achievement by Governor Kate Brown

April 20, 2017
Melissa Cole with award and Sheryl Vanselow

Melissa Cole stands proudly with her Phi Theta Kappa advisor Sheryl Vanselow after receiving recognition from the Governor.

TBCC student honored for high achievement by Governor Kate Brown

Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) student Melissa Cole was recently awarded a high achievement honor from Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA).

Cole was nominated by TBCC and was selected by OCCA for the All-State Community College Academic Team. Each student of the team received a $1,000 scholarship for a four-year university and was invited to an exclusive luncheon with the Governor. To participate in the All-State Community College Academic Team, students must submit an application through Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), be nominated by their college and demonstrate academic excellence, quality stewardship of their campus, and a dedication to community service.

Cole completed an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree at TBCC this winter and plans to attend Eastern Oregon University and study psychology. Her goal is to obtain a doctorate in psychology, work as a school psychologist, and help eradicate the stigmas surrounding mental illness.

Cole’s service to the community and her college campus include serving as president of the Beta Delta Epsilon Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa honor society at TBCC. She was instrumental in planning the groups honor in action service learning project that included promoting literacy and empathy for the homeless at the elementary school level and serving as a volunteer at Helping Hands Homeless Shelter. Through the project, the chapter met with first through fifth grade students at Garibaldi Grade School, South Prairie Elementary, and East Elementary School. The chapter also had a book drive and collected children’s books, which they provided free to elementary students and underage residents of Helping Hands. Cole has also served as a student mentor assisting other students on campus. She was the recipient of the Fred Bennett Scholarship and Mario and Alma Pastega Family Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who seeks to give a helping hand to others in their community.

“Melissa is a servant leader who encourages her fellow members to be active participants. Her passion for community service was a big influence in the project with Helping Hands. For Melissa it is not about notoriety or personal legacy it is about doing her part to help these children to have a better future,” said TBCC’s PTK Advisor Sheryl Vanselow.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the International Honor Society for two-year college students, recognizing academic achievement and encouraging student success through resources that emphasize college completion, professional development and leadership skills.

At TBCC, PTK students participate in a variety of community based projects and are continually doing student outreach to help create a better learning environment for all TBCC students. “Active participation in Phi Theta Kappa allows students the opportunity to develop skills that will give them a competitive edge when applying for scholarships and employment through scholarly leadership activities at the local, regional and national level, we encourage everyone eligible to join,” states Vanselow.

To learn more about how to join PTK, contact Sheryl Vanselow at 503-842-8222 ext. 1220 or email sherylvanselow@tillamookbaycc.edu