News Release

Published on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Dan Rooney, Communication Skills and Technical Communication instructor at Western Technical College, has been selected as a 2011 Faculty Scholar for Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of Two-year Colleges.

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 25 chapter advisors and regional coordinators, and the only one from Wisconsin, to serve as Faculty Scholars. Selection is based on applications judged on knowledge of the current Honors Study Topic, "The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise," and demonstrated excellence in teaching.

As a Scholar, Rooney will attend the Faculty Scholar Conference in Jackson, Miss.,
Feb. 2-6 and serve as a seminar leader at the International Honors Institute in at Boston University in Massachusetts June 13-17. During this conference the Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholars will lead groups of 15-20 honor students in seminar discussions of the issues presented throughout the week.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses 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 in 1918, 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