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December 6, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone:  360-992-2921


Gypsy Alderman, a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Clark College,
is honored for writing excellence

Scholarship recipient Gypsy AldermanVANCOUVER, Wash. -- Gypsy Alderman, a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Clark College, has received a national scholarship for writing excellence.

Alderman, who resides in Vancouver, received a $500 Reynolds Scholarship for her submission, Claude, which will be published in Phi Theta Kappa’s 2007 literacy anthology, Nota Bene.

Alderman is one of only 20 Phi Theta Kappa members whose works were selected for publication from more than 1,000 submissions.

Communications Studies instructor Deena Bisig, who serves as Phi Theta Kappa advisor at Clark College, said, “After reading several of Gypsy Alderman’s writing examples in Phoenix [Clark College’s student literary and art publication], I encouraged her to apply for the Nota Bene. I thought she would be an excellent candidate for this honor as her writing is engaging and creative. I am excited that Phi Theta Kappa agreed with me.”

Gypsy Alderman is working toward an Associate of Arts degree at Clark College. She hopes to continue her studies at Marylhurst University with a focus of creative writing as a major and communications/gerontology as minors.

Aldeman said, “Writing still feels very new to me, as it was not until my first quarter at Clark (2004) that I wrote my first short story, ‘Another Day in Paradise,’ which was published in the Phoenix. Before beginning my college education, I worked for 35 years as a stewardess for Delta Airlines. Therefore, I refer to myself as an ‘accidental writer.’”

Alderman added, “I enjoy writing so much; learning that other people enjoy reading my stories is just whipped cream and a cherry on top.”

The name Nota Bene comes from the Latin expression “note well.” Nota Bene was first published in 1994 to showcase exceptional work by Phi Theta Kappa members and to promote the ideal of excellence in writing. The anthology is now distributed to more than 1,700 community college libraries nationwide and abroad.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in American higher education, with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, Germany and other countries.


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