LANSING - The annual Phi Theta Kappa Awards Luncheon, honoring the 2014 All-Michigan Academic Team, was held at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.
Students were selected based on academic achievement, community service involvement, and leadership accomplishment.
The State Academic Teams are a division of the Academic All-American Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students, an international program sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges.
DR. CATHI GATEWOOD, left, Bay College vice president of academics, is shown at the Phi Theta Kappa Awards Luncheon with Bay College’s representatives on the PTK All-Michigan Academic Team, Noelle Cutler, center, and Kathryn Capodilupo.
Kathryn Capodilupo and Noelle Cutler were Bay College's representatives on the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Michigan Academic Team. They were recognized at the luncheon and will also be recognized at the Bay College Awards Dinner on April 29, and at Commencement on Saturday, May 10.
Capodilupo holds a 3.93 GPA and majors in business administration management, with a marketing minor. During her time at Bay College, she completed an internship with the Delta County Chamber of Commerce where she worked closely with the head of accounting and helped plan the U.P. State Fair.
She was named to the dean's list for four consecutive semesters, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
As an honor's project in 2012, she wrote an editorial on financial aid inequalities among students that was published in the Daily Press, and received much positive feedback. She has also volunteered at Bay College's annual golf outing as a previous Golf Scholarship recipient.
Outside of school, Capodilupo is a member of Delta Fit Camp, a local fitness and CrossFit organization that has organized events to honor fallen servicemen and hosted 5k races for the community. She is employed by Shopko Pharmacy in Escanaba, but hopes to pursue another internship in the next year to explore career opportunities.
Starting in summer of 2014, she plans to start working on her bachelor's degree through Lake Superior State University.
Cutler will graduate in May with an associate in arts degree with a major in liberal arts. During her time at Bay, Cutler maintained a 3.98 GPA and was selected to the dean's list each semester. She was accepted into the honors program and will be completing this program when she graduates.
As part of the honors program, she wrote an article entitled "Why Should College Students Vote?" that was published in the Daily Press.
Cutler is also in her fourth semester as a writing tutor for the TRiO program at Bay.
In the fall of 2012, she co-presented at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing held in Chicago.
Cutler has been involved in her community by volunteering as an assistant volleyball coach and at local non-profit businesses, like Head Start. She also works as a shift manager at Wendy's in Escanaba.
This fall, she will transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to pursue a bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis in organizational communication and conflict resolution.
The Michigan luncheon is held every year in conjunction with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). According to Mike Hansen, president of the MCCA, "this event is all about recognizing student excellence and achievement in community colleges. It was very inspiring to hear about the individual stories of perseverance, resilience and not giving up on your dreams."
Besides the All-Michigan Academic Team members, luncheon attendees included community college presidents, administrators and trustees, state legislators, and Phi Theta Kappa advisors.
Bob Hoffman delivered the luncheon keynote address. Hoffman, a graduate of Lansing Community College, is a motivational speaker, trainer and coach, founder of ePIFanyNow, and public relations manager for Michigan State University's Wharton Center.