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Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Installs Phi Kappa Phi Chapter #328      

August 18, 2014

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society—will establish its newest chapter at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi today, August 18, during a ceremonial installation. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi will become the 328th chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine.

Texas A&M–Corpus Christi was approved to establish a chapter by the Society’s board of directors on May 1, 2014.

Officers elected by the chartering group of the Texas A&M–Corpus Christi chapter to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. JoAnn Canales, President-Elect Dr. Bunny Forgione, Vice President Dr. Cynthia A O’Neal, Vice President Dr. Charles Etheridge, Secretary Dr. Lauren Cifuentes, Treasurer Dr. Thomas Naehr, Public Relations Officer Dr. Michelle Marie Maresh-Fuehrer, Awards & Grants Officer Dr. Dorina Murgulet.

Each year, approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the Society, which has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence-one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophía Krateítõ Phõtôn "Let the love of learning rule humanity."

Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Phi Kappa Phi inducts more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni at approximately 300 select colleges and universities. Membership is by invitation only and is reserved for the top 7.5 percent of second-semester university juniors and top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Good moral character is an essential supporting attribute of membership in Phi Kappa Phi.


You can contact the chapter via E-mail at pkp@tamucc.edu

 


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