By Becky Musard
Rogue Community College’s top scholars have been chosen, and for the first time they are both Student Body Presidents.
Each student is a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship to a public Oregon university to further their academic studies. They also will be attend a Salem reception this spring with Gov. John Kitzhaber, RCC President Peter Angstadt, and their counterparts from the state’s other 16 community colleges.
ASG President from Redwood Campus is Frank Hamilton, and ASG President from Riverside Campus is Katilyn Eccleston.
A family man and former carpenter Hamilton “always questions ‘why?’ said Social Science Instructor Niki Theis-Coulter from Redwood campus. Theis-Coulter nominated Hamilton for his “outstanding community service.” And She also nominated him because he never takes anything at face value.
As work was slowing down in carpentry Hamilton decided it was time to move on. According to RCC’s Press Release, he is working on finishing his Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree has kept a steady GPA at 3.7.
With a wife studying in RCC’s Early Childhood Education program, and three kids ages seven to 21. Hamilton aims to transfer to the Oregon Health and Science University nursing program at Southern Oregon University and pursue a second major in psychology.
His ultimate goal is to be a college instructor.
Riversides ASG President Katilyn Eccleston is a 2008 graduate from Gold Beach high school. She was nominated by two
RCC staff members who have worked closely with her. According to a Press Release, Gaia Layser and Sue Orris described Eccleston as a “hard worker, intellectually curious, asking sophisticated questions and always looking for a way to improve services.”
After graduating in 2008 Eccleston studied at Oregon State for a year before transferring to RCC. “I came to RCC and have succeeded way past my expectations. I’ve done well, and it’s given me my confidence back,” said Eccleston.
According to Margaret Bradford in a press release, RCC transfer students consistently earn higher grade point averages at four-year colleges and universities than most other Oregon transfer students and have higher GPAs than students who begin their baccalaureate studies at a four-year school.
Eccleston explains how the smaller class sizes make it easier to communicate with other students and the instructors to get extra help.
Eccleston is a hard working student who is involved on campus and she works as a peer assistant in the counseling department.
As a psychology major here at RCC she has a GPA of 3.2 and will graduate in June.
After graduating she plans to transfer to Southern Oregon University to study psychology and sociology. Her goal is to be a school counselor.
This year the Oregon Community College Association teamed up with Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society to sponsor the award.
The PTK membership consists of over 2 million students attending 2-year colleges worldwide.
The OCCA and PTK created the Oregon All-State Team, so that the two student scholars from each of Oregon’s community colleges can be recognized for their achievements, and also be eligible for additional scholarship funds.
Hamilton and Eccleston have both been named to the Oregon All-State Academic Team, they will receive a medallion to wear at graduation and a certificate to commemorate this high academic achievement.
They will also continue through the PTK selection process for possible additional scholarships including the Cola-Cola scholarship and PTK’s Guistwhite Scholarship.
For those students who may be interested in how to become eligible for this award, Eccleston says to get involved. “There are lots of things that students can do to get more in touch with school, ASG, clubs, the Byline and working on campus are just a few.” she said.
Eccleston offers some words of advise to her fellow students, “To the person you wish to become, the more you act and portray yourself in that way the more likely people will notice.”