News Release

Published on Thursday, April 05, 2012

Dan Rooney, Communication Skills and Technical Communication instructor at Western Technical College, has been selected as a 2012 Faculty Scholar for Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of Two-year Colleges. He received the same honor in 2011.

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 Culture of Competition," and demonstrated excellence in teaching.

As a Scholar, Rooney attended the Faculty Scholar Conference in Jackson, Miss., and will serve as a seminar leader at the International Honors Institute in June. 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 1,275 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, 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 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 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