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Student Spotlight: Melody Ethley

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 01/11/2019 Melody Ethley —Photo by Chris Urias Melody Ethley —Photo by Chris Urias

Goodwell, Okla. — Quite possibly one of the friendliest and most driven students on campus, Melody Ethley has certainly left a mark on campus during her time as an Aggie and her future looks equally as bright! A senior from Arlington, Texas, Ethley found her way to Goodwell with the opportunity to attend on a volleyball scholarship being the key reason.

She said, “The coach and the team were very welcoming when I came on my visit.”

It seems to have been the perfect fit for Melody! She is extremely active on campus and is a member of the Volleyball team, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). She was named the 2018 Winter Homecoming Queen and is currently serving as the Volleyball Team Captain, PBL President, and AITP Secretary. Melody is also a writer for the student newspaper, The Collegian.

She has had numerous honors as a student including being named to the Dean’s Honor, Chi Alpha Sigma Inductee, 2018 Honorable Mention at the US Information Technology Collegiate Conference, and 2018 USITCC Regional 3rd Place in Systems Analysis & Design.

Her favorite thing about Panhandle State is the people. “I have met some truly genuine people here on campus, and in the community. I also love that there is opportunity for growth for every student here.”

As far as plans following graduation this spring, Melody has a couple of different options in mind. She is interested in continuing her education in Information Technology and pursuing a master’s degree plan that will allow her to become Microsoft certified. Melody would like to attend Gonzaga University or Eastern Washington University. Other future plans include gaining an internship at her hometown in the field of Cybersecurity or Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Panhandle State Instructor Kim Tuttle commented, “As Melody’s academic advisor, it has been a pleasure to see her blossom at Panhandle State. I recall having her in class her freshman year in Introduction to CIS. This fall, she is in my Systems Analysis course which she placed in the regional competition in the subject area. She has unlimited possibilities in front of her for career paths and a bright future in whatever she chooses to pursue.”

Melody has a Pit Bull named Buddy who “owns her whole heart” and she is the youngest of four girls. She loves everything about makeup and even taught a makeup class this past summer.