News Release

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013

Two Western Technical College instructors have been selected as 2013 Faculty Scholars for Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of Two-year Colleges. Amery Bodelson, English instructor, and Dan Rooney, Communication Skills and Technical Communication instructor, were selected out of a pool of 3,000 Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisors and regional coordinators.

They are two of only 25 – and the only two from Wisconsin – to serve as Faculty Scholars. Selection is based on applications, knowledge of the current Honors Study Topic, "The Culture of Competition," and demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Bodelson, of La Crosse, has served as an advisor to Western’s Beta Nu Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for the past two years.

Rooney, a resident of Onalaska, has served as an advisor since the charter was granted in 2005. This is the fifth consecutive year he has been chosen as a Faculty Scholar.

As Scholars, the two instructors will attend the upcoming Faculty Scholar Conference in Jackson, Miss., and will serve as seminar leaders 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 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, 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 135,000 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