News Release

Published on Monday, December 15, 2008

Dan Rooney, Communication Skills and Technical Communication instructor at Western Technical College, has been selected as a 2009 Faculty Scholar for Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-year College.

Rooney, a resident of Onalaska, has served as an advisor to Western’s Beta Nu Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa since the charter was granted in 2005. He was chosen as one of only 20 chapter advisors and regional coordinators to serve as Faculty Scholars. Selection is based upon the quality of the application, including experience with facilitating small-group discussions and length and quality of service to Phi Theta Kappa.

As a Scholar, Rooney will attend the Faculty Scholar Conference in Jackson, Miss.,
Jan. 29-Feb. 1 and serve as a seminar leader at the International Honors Institute in Richmond, Va., June 22-26. During the Honors Institute, Faculty Scholars will lead participating students in seminar discussion relating to the current Honors Study Topic, “The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences,” from interdisciplinary, humanities-based perspectives.

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa serves 1,250 two-year colleges around the world. The Society’s operations are global in scope with chapters located in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.

For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, visit For details on programs and services at Western Technical College, call 608.785.9200 or visit