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Cam Preus, Executive Director

John Wykoff, Deputy Director

Karen Smith, General Counsel

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Elizabeth Cox Brand, Executive Director, Student Success Center

Suzette Boydston, Statewide Affinity Coordinator

Susan Baker, Executive Assistant

 

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260 13th St NE 

Salem, OR 97301

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All-Oregon Academic Team

2020 All-Oregon Academic Team Luncheon

Due to COVID-19 and restrictions on large in-person gatherings, sadly we will not be able to hold a luncheon this year to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2020 All-Oregon Academic Team (AOAT).

Please click here to view the 2020 AOAT Recognition Program.

Below is a message from OCCA Executive Director Cam Preus to the 2020 AOAT:

 

Dear Members of the All-Oregon Academic Team:

 

I am delighted to write to you today to acknowledge your nomination and selection from your community college as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Oregon Academic Team. It is my privilege to celebrate your accomplishments as detailed in the enclosed All-Oregon Academic Team Recognition Program.

 

I would like to share some thoughts on the community college journey you have completed and why I believe each of you is ready to face the future. For me, community colleges are the happening place in higher education. We get to provide education to students, many of whom have been marginalized either because of academic preparation, ethnicity, skin color, religion, other-ableness, and so on. Community colleges were created to assure that you, our students, whatever your background or wherever you come from, have access to higher education – that we let you know that access to higher education is a right for everyone, not just the privileged few.

 

I hope you feel proud that you have attended a community college. Sometimes I hear students say they are going to just a community college – no, it is college, it is higher education. Be proud. In your time with us you have attained a quality education that will set you up for the rest of your life, whether you are going to work or transferring to a university.

 

Remember to think big – do not let anyone put limits on what you think you can achieve. Have the confidence to know that with a little help, perhaps a little more education or training, you can do whatever you set your mind to. As Henry David Thoreau said, “We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.”

 

Congratulations on your achievements and the completion of your community college degree. As our very best and brightest, you represent hope for a strong future. Stay involved and engaged in your community, by doing so, you will lead and teach by example, encouraging future generations as well.

 

Enjoy this day! I look forward to your future accomplishments.

 

Special Recognition

Every year, the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) Member Services Committee selects three to four students to share stories about their educational journeys at the annual All-Oregon Academic Team awards luncheon. The Committee is made up of local college board members, staff, and presidents. The criteria used for selecting the student speakers is based on academic excellence, leadership, and community service while pursuing an associate’s degree.

 

Those selected by the Committee include:

Esgar Garcia Avila, Blue Mountain Community College

Lucas, McMellon, Chemeketa Community College

Maya Treder, Lane Community College

Luisa Anderson, Linn-Benton Community College

 

Traditionally, the selected student speakers share their stories at the awards luncheon in April, where all members of the All-Oregon Academic Team are acknowledged and celebrated. Given we are all living in a different time with the COVID-19 and social distancing, we have regrettably had to cancel the event this year; however, we still wanted to acknowledge and congratulate the four students selected to share their stories. Even though we could not gather in person, OCCA thought it was still important to capture these students’ stories as they provide a prime example of the barriers community college students overcome to find success. As such, OCCA has recorded videos of Esgar, Maya, and Luisa sharing their inspiring educational journeys.  

 

Esgar Garcia Avila, Blue Mountain Community College

Maya Treder, Lane Community College

Luisa Anderson, Linn-Benton Community College

Overview

The All-Oregon Community College Academic Team, a part of the national All-State Community College Academic Team program, recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Phi Theta Kappa, community college presidents and community college state associations sponsor All-State Community College Academic Team ceremonies in 38 participating states.

Students from the 38 participating states nominated to the All-USA Community College Academic Team are automatically named to the All-State Community College Academic Teams. Ranking on the All-State Community College Academic Teams is generally determined by the student's score in the national competition.

All-State Community College Academic Team recognition ceremonies vary by state, but are most often held in the state capital with legislators, education leaders and corporate leaders attending. All-State Community College Academic Team members receive special recognition at these ceremonies including medallions and certificates and may include scholarships. If applicable, Coca-Cola Gold, Silver and Bronze Scholars are also recognized.

Purpose

The All-State Community College Academic Team Program promotes statewide to legislators, corporate, community and education leaders our nation’s institutions, quality of instruction and outstanding students. The recognition ceremonies vary by state, but are most often held in the state capital with legislators, education leaders and corporate leaders attending.

History

The All-State Community College Academic Team program began in 1994 in Mississippi and Missouri.  To date, there are 38 states that host All-State Academic Team Programs each year to highlight two-year colleges and recognize exceptional students.

Benefits, Goals, and Outcomes

  • Each college may nominate up to two students per campus.
  • The All-State Programs provide individual recognition for students, highlighting their achievements and obstacles.
  • Team members receive special recognition at these ceremonies including medallions and certificates and may include scholarships.
  • The All-State Programs spotlight the state’s two-year institutions that provide high-quality education.  This provides recognition for two-year institutions as a state system.

Process and Deadlines

The All-USA Academic Team seeks to honor outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to hold up as representatives of all outstanding students enrolled in associate degree/certificate programs. Because each school is limited to nominating a total of four students per campus (2 transferring by fall 2019 and 2 entering the workforce prior to fall 2019), the work students put into their application will determine how competitive they will be in the national competition. Weaving their story in a coherent fashion is critical in letting nominators and judges know who the student is, what they are doing, and why they feel qualified to receive this recognition.

All‐USA Academic Team nominees may also be considered for the Coca‐Cola Academic Team, New Century Pathway Scholarship programs, and All‐State Academic Teams where applicable. To be considered for these scholarships, students must be nominated by the designated nominator on their college’s campus.

The online application opens September 15, 2018, for access by both students and nominators. Student access will close at 5:00 pm CT on November 15, 2018. Nominators will have until December 1, 2018, at 5:00 pm CT to submit their nominations. Student applications and nominations must be submitted online; incomplete applications will not be considered for nomination.

Apply here!

Eligibility – Students MUST:

  • Be enrolled through December 2018 in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours [or nine (9) quarter credit hours] of associate degree, college-level coursework at the time of application.

  • Hold a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all college-level coursework completed in the past five years.

  • Include all transcripts, fall 2013 – present.

  • GPA is evaluated at the time of application, and no courses can be marked as incomplete. Student must maintain a 3.50 or higher GPA through the fall 2018 semester to remain eligible.

  • Be on track to earn an associate or a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of a U.S. associate or bachelor's degree).[1]

  • Applicants must have a minimum of 36 semester (or 54 quarter) college‐level credit hours completed at or transferred into an associate degree or certificate program by December 31, 2018, and 48 semester (or 72 quarter) college‐level credit hours by August 31, 2019.[2]

    • To be considered for the Coca‐Cola Academic Team, the student must be enrolled at least part‐time at a college for the fall 2019 semester. Proof of enrollment will be requested.
    • To be considered for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship, the student must be enrolled at least part-time at a college for the fall 2019 semester. Proof of enrollment will be requested.
    • To be considered for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, the student must be entering the workforce prior to fall 2019 after completing a certificate or associate degree.
  • Not have previously been nominated for the All‐USA Academic Team or the Coca‐Cola Academic Team.
  • Hold permanent or temporary residency in the country of the college the student is attending or possess a visa considered appropriate by the college. Please see the help article or application for acceptable documents verifying proof of citizenship.
  • Students who attend a college in the United States do not need to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Students attending colleges outside of the United States need to be members of Phi Theta Kappa and may only apply for the New Century Pathway Scholarship programs.
  • Have a college record free of suspension, probation or other serious disciplinary action.
  • Not have a criminal record, or if a convicted felon, must have all conditions of sentencing, including parole/probation, completed.[3]

Acceptable forms of citizenship

[1] Workforce Pathway applicants must be on track to earn an associate degree, career or technical certificate prior to fall 2019.

[2] Workforce Pathway applicants must have a minimum of 6 semester (or 9 quarter) college-level credits of associate degree coursework completed by December 31, 2018.

[3] Having a criminal record does not disqualify applicants; however, they will not be considered for Coca-Cola-related scholarships.

 

All‐USA Academic Team Applicant Guide

Overview
Applicants considered as nominees may be pursuing an associate degree, career or technical certificate, or intend to transfer to the four-year school. The All-USA Academic Team is a merit award based on your accomplishments while pursuing your associate degree. Judging criteria include academic excellence and intellectual rigor; leadership and service; and how you have extended your education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Nominators are asked to consider a wide variety of information in the application: the body of the student’s academic work; the student’s participation in honors programs; any awards, honors, and recognitions for academic or leadership achievement; and service to the college and community when selecting the college’s nominees. Nominees selected may be considered role models on their campus. Nominators are asked to consider students they feel would be a proud representation of their college.

Leadership Considerations
The centerpiece of your application is the 500‐word essay describing your most significant endeavor since attending college in which you applied your academic or intellectual skills learned during your college experience to benefit the school, community or society. Judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings. Your endeavor can be based in community service, research, the arts, journalism or public affairs. Students who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in service learning, who contributed to scholarly research, or who have made lasting contributions to their campus or community make excellent candidates. If endeavors are not yet complete, they must be far enough along so that the nominee and recommender can discuss the specifics of work done thus far.

Academic Considerations
The program is an "academic" team as well, so your academic record is important. Judges look at the overall academic record and how well your courses match your career goals. Transcripts are evaluated when a student's application is received, and GPAs are evaluated at the point of submission. Remedial or developmental courses are removed and are not counted toward the student's required total courses or toward the cumulative GPA. The application allows space for you to explain circumstances that may have affected your transcript, so if you have experienced several withdrawals or a temporary drop in grades, please detail the reasoning on your application. It will not necessarily rule you out of the competition; however, research shows statistically that students with several withdrawals do not achieve high academic rigor. As a result, a student nominee with more than a couple of unexplained withdrawals will not typically advance in competition. Judges will view your course information over the history of your college attendance.

The discussion questions posed are structured to give judges a sense of your background. The program is open to part‐time as well as full‐time students, so the answers to discussion questions give the judges a sense of your commitments outside of school so that your achievements can be seen in context. The questions should not be interpreted to mean that you must have overcome obstacles or be somehow disadvantaged in order to be named to the All‐USA Academic Team.

 

Questions?
Contact scholarship.programs@ptk.org.

Phi Theta Kappa Role

  • Facilitate the Fall Scholarship Application & the 2016/17 All-USA Community College Academic Team Scholarship Programs (student & college/nominator access & participation).
  • Provide All-State Academic Team Program processes, information and materials to All-State Coordinators. 

Oregon Community College Association Role

  • Facilitate participation in the All USA Community College Academic Team Scholarship Programs to ensure college representation and student recognition at the All Oregon Academic Team ceremony.   
  • Determine the All Oregon Academic Team structure.
  • Plan and host the All Oregon Academic Team luncheon.
  • OCCA does not play a role in the scholarship process between the four-year institutions and the scholarship recipients:
    • Download the Contact List for Oregon Transfer Scholarships, which lists the institutions providing scholarships to All Oregon Academic Team recipients in 2017.
    • Please note: The scholarships are not automatic. Students are responsible for contacting the institution they plan to attend to facilitate the scholarship process prior to the beginning of the term (or as each institution has outlined in the document linked in the above bullet point).

Timeline

  • Application opens in mid-September
  • Student Application Deadline - First of December
  • Recommendation/Assessment Deadline – Second of December
  • Nominator Deadline (deadline for college nominators to submit names) - Mid-December
  • Students names submitted to OCCA - January/February
  • OCCA plans All Oregon Academic Team event - February/March
  • All Oregon Academic Team event is held - April