Eastern’s PTK Society claims seventh consecutive victory in statewide voter registration contest


WILBURTON, OK (Dec. 21, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society recently earned its seventh consecutive victory in Oklahoma Campus Compact’s statewide voter registration competition.

Eastern PTK members registered an additional 12.2 percent of Eastern’s student population to take home the top award in the small institution category. Members Bailee Davis, Zane Johnson, Paige Campagna, Amanda Hawthorne, Alexis Goodwill and Kayla Ward accepted the award at a ceremony during the December meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

This year’s competition included participants from 23 Oklahoma colleges and universities, registering 3,622 in-state and 136 out-of-state students to vote.

The competition is comprised of three categories based on full-time student populations. Eastern is in the RED category for state universities and colleges with 1-3,000 FTE (full-time-equivalent students). The runner-up for the RED category was Rogers State University with 6.4 percent of its students registered.

The WHITE category (3,001-7,000 FTE) winner was East Central University with 12.2 percent, followed by Northern Oklahoma College with 6.3 percent. The University of Central Oklahoma led the BLUE category (7,001-30,000 FTE) with 3.8 percent of their student population registering to vote, followed by Oklahoma City Community College with 3.3 percent.

Two additional categories award colleges and universities for the most out-of-state students registering to vote in their states. Eastern registered the highest percentage of out-of-state students at 6.4 percent to capture the EQUALITY award. The University of Oklahoma registered 86 out-of-state students for the highest number for the LIBERTY award.

Oklahoma Campus Compact is an organization of 38 public and private colleges and universities focused on the importance of civic responsibility.

Representatives of Eastern Oklahoma State College receive an award from Chancellor Glen Johnson (far right) and State Regents Chair John Massey (second from left) at the December State Regents meeting. Pictured are Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith (far left), EOSC students on (front row, left to right) Amanda Hawthorne, Bailee Davis, Paige Campagna, Alexis Goodwill, (back row, left to right) EOSC faculty Brenda Kennedy, students Kayla Ward and Zane Johnson, and EOSC faculty Kellye Semeski.

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