Betty Owen, Patron Saint of Literary Magazines
Panku, on the verge of ceasing to exist, was saved when a new faculty member, Betty Owen, agreed to be the advisor.
For more than two decades, Betty was the driving force behind Panku and creative writing at the College. Known as the "Patron Saint of Literary Magazines," Betty was involved in all aspects of student writing at both the local and state level.
Betty is a member of the Florida College System Press Association's (FCSPA) Hall of Fame. At the annual convention, Betty's magazine critiques were the highlight of the presentations. Betty was also elected to the Florida Community College Activities Association's Hall of Fame, the first publications advisor to be so honored.
The issues of the magazine during the sixties, seventies, and early eighties reflect the diverse nature of the students and the nurturing and encouragement that Betty gives to everyone who comes in contact with her. Her ideals are reflected in the magazine today.