MULVANE — Mulvane student and Phi Theta Kappa Beta Phi Upsilon chapter vice president Amira Lamb has announced her decision to represent Cowley College and run for the office of International President of Phi Theta Kappa.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international society of two-year colleges, elects five new international officers at its annual convention. Chapter voting delegates will vote on the five positions:
- International President;
- Division I Vice President;
- Division II Vice President;
- Division III Vice President;
- Division IV Vice President.
International officers of Phi Theta Kappa preside over the annual convention and honors institute. They also deliver speeches at regional meetings, hold seminars and workshops, and work to advance the mission of Phi Theta Kappa through collaboration with its international headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi.
All Phi Theta Kappa members are eligible to run if they are in good standing with their chapter and are enrolled exclusively in an associate degree program at a community college.
Lamb is a first-year pre-medical student at Cowley College-Mulvane, after deciding her original pursuit of nursing would not allow her to serve those she wanted to assist in the capacity desired.
She is a very active member in the Beta Phi Upsilon (BPU) chapter, serving as the chartering vice president of leadership and heading up BPU’s efforts to assist with the Sumner County campus half-cent sales tax. Lamb also has begun a proposal for a food and basic necessity assistance pantry on the Mulvane campus.
After Cowley College, Lamb intends to pursue her bachelor’s degree and then apply to medical school to become a geneticist. She also would like to serve as a medical doctor in under-served communities such as poverty-stricken, rural or specific homeless services.
When asked why she wanted to run for international office, Lamb said, “I never want to be comfortable. If you are comfortable, you are not growing — greatness is not made in comfort zones. I also would like to inspire others with similar backgrounds to me, such as first-generation college students who feel like they have the world against them. Education is incredibly important and will change your life.”
“Amira has a heart of service and is happiest when she is helping others,” said Tiffany Killblane, Cowley College-Mulvane PTK advisor.
“She has the characteristics of the best type of leader — one who will never ask you to do something they wouldn’t, one who will serve right beside you and one who listens to your feedback to make the organization better. She was instrumental in mobilizing BPU to a variety of initiatives and has an incredible passion for Phi Theta Kappa. It has been a pleasure to watch her change over the course of this application process and I am incredibly proud of her.”
Lamb will attend and campaign for International President during the PTK International Convention, with the theme of “PTK Catalyst,” on April 4-9 in Nashville, Tennessee.