LITTLETON, Colo. – Arapahoe Community College (ACC) student Karen Rothe Osband has been selected to be published in Phi Theta Kappa’s literary magazine, Nota Bene. Osband is one of 17 Phi Theta Kappa members from across the country to have her work selected and was chosen from more than 800 entries.
“At a time when writing skills are neglected, Phi Theta Kappa is proud to provide a platform to nurture creative writing and effective communication. Nota Bene, which is distributed internationally, will showcase outstanding writing by community college students and emphasize the opportunities for excellence found at community colleges,” said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod A. Risley.
Nota Bene will feature Osband’s short story, An Afternoon with Mom. The story is non-fiction, written while spending an afternoon with her Mother who was in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s. It is a loving retrospect of times past, of better days and a tribute to her Mom who passed away shortly afterwards.
Osband, of Littleton, started her college experience at ACC at the age of 62. She graduated last December with her Associate of Arts degree and is currently finishing her Associate of General Studies degree at ACC. She was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at the end of her first year at ACC and has maintained a 4.0 average throughout all of her studies at the College. In addition to her studies, Osband continues to work full time and volunteers with her dogs doing therapy visits at nursing homes and retirement centers in the area – and never misses an opportunity to tell other seniors about her school experiences and the benefits of continuing an education at a more advanced age.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States and 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.
The ACC Phi Theta Kappa chapter received Colorado’s Most Distinguished Chapter the last two years and received numerous regional hallmark and officer awards. The chapter also earned several international awards including a USA Today Case Study Challenge in 2008 and the Scholarship Hallmark Award in 2010.