Phi Theta Kappa All-Minnesota Academic Team

Joyce Ludwig and Awbre Henry join scholars from colleges across the state

Joyce Ludwig & Awbre Henry | All-Minnesota Academic Team | Dakota County Technical College

Dakota County Technical College announced that Joyce Ludwig, a student triple-majoring in Graphic Design Technology, Electronic Publishing, and Multimedia and Web Design, and Awbre Henry, a student majoring in the Automotive Technician program, have been named to the All-Minnesota Academic Team.

Co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents and community college state associations, All-State Academic Team recognition programs are active in 32 states. All-Minnesota Team members are honored with medallions and certificates. They are also eligible for stipends and scholarships. Outstanding academic performance as well as exemplary collegiate and community service are the criteria for nomination to the prestigious and scholarly team.

DCTC President Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D.,  served as the college’s designated nominator and selected Ludwig and Henry from a superb group of candidates. “Joyce and Awbre are ideal Phi Theta Kappa scholars,” Thomas said. “They continually take a leadership role on campus and in our community while excelling in their chosen academic fields. We are all proud to have them represent DCTC on the All-Minnesota Academic Team.”

Joyce Ludwig

Joyce Ludwig

A resident of Farmington, Minn., Joyce Ludwig has a 3.79 GPA while pursuing three A.A.S. degrees in the college’s Visual Communications department. She also works full-time as a casino scheduler at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn. She serves on the Activities Committee in the Student Senate. She is actively involved in the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Theta Tau chapter on campus and used her graphic design skills to design the invitation for the fall semester 2010 Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony.

She is president of the DCTC Multicultural Student Leadership Association, or MSLA, and has been directly involved in planning the college’s annual Multicultural Celebration.

“The MSLA is a group of students from the more than 30 cultures from around the world represented at DCTC,” Ludwig said. “We learn to recognize and appreciate our differences such as how we dress, how we talk, the foods we eat, and the things we do and believe in. From this sharing, we are discovering what we can learn from each other.”

Ludwig enjoys backpacking and canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Several times during the summer months, she and her significant other, David, explore the BWCA in a hand-built, cedar-strip canoe. They have also guided other family members and friends on trips to area.

Awbre Henry

Awbre Henry

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Awbre Henry resides with his wife, Alissa, and the couple’s two children, Awbre Jr., now 21 months, and Avery Ann, 3-months-old. He maintains a 3.82 GPA in the Automotive Technician program while working full-time as a supervisor at Servisair, a leading global provider of aviation ground services.

As a member of the Beta Theta Tau chapter, he participated in several community service projects, including one drive to collect donated winter coats and another to collect canned foods for local food shelves. He is involved in Auto Club on campus and is an integral part of a program-related project to transform a donated Chevy S-10 pickup truck into a high-performance vehicle. He is also a charter member of the newly formed DCTC Campus Lions Club.

With the skills Henry has learned at DCTC, he is able to help people in the community who have car problems, but can’t afford to go to a repair shop because of the economy. He recently had the opportunity to leverage his tech skills on campus.

“My most significant endeavor since attending DCTC was a Veterans Day community service project called Blue Knights for Red Bulls,” Henry said. “I had the opportunity to service the vehicles of several veterans. Local automotive shops donated the parts. If there had been more time, I would have done much more to help the veterans, but overall, they were very appreciative of everything we did for them. Similarly, we as students felt pride and gratefulness for having had the opportunity to serve the veterans just as they have served this country.”

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