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PTK to Hold Convocation at Western Iowa Tech on Mental Health Issues

Posted on: November 10, 2016

The Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Beta Zeta Mu, will host its annual convocation on Monday, November 14, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the College’s Rocklin Center.  The convocation, “Critical Issues in Mental Health for Siouxland and Beyond”, arose from PTK student interest in the staggering numbers of homeless in Siouxland and the ways mental health, substance abuse and poverty tie into the numbers.  As part of its “Honors in Action” project, PTK members conducted extensive research into the issues, both locally and nationally.  That led them to help organize this education session on the topic.

The convocation will consist of expert panel members sharing their insights through discussing mental health issues from their perspectives and fielding audience questions.  Panel members include:

  • Judge Steven Andreasen, District Court Judge-Third Judicial Court of Iowa
  • Maxine Buckmeier, Attorney – Counsel for people who are court committed to mental health treatment
  • Sherriff Dave Drew, Woodbury County Sherriff’s Office
  • Dr. Daniel Gillette, Psychiatrist - Unity Point St. Luke’s
  • Heidi Krammer-Hodge, Vice President and Chief Operation Officer - Jackson Recovery Center
  • Wade Kuehl, MSW, LISW – Director of Behavioral Health – Mercy Medical Center
  • Leesa McNeil, District Court Administrator – Third Judicial District
  • Joe Verdoorn, B.S. – Community/Hospital Care Coordinator – Siouxland Mental Health Center

The convocation is free and open to the public.  Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.; panel will be held noon to 1:00 p.m.; small group discussions will take place 1 to 1:30 p.m.  Free will offerings and silent auction proceeds will be used to help local public mental health organizations.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of students in two-year colleges.  It provides for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship among scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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