• UWA’s Phi Kappa Phi recognized nationally as Chapter of Excellence

    Posted: September 21, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    The University of West Alabama chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was recently recognized as a Chapter of Excellence by the prestigious society. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

    Upon this distinction, the UWA chapter is being recognized as a thriving organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for PKP’s select scholarships, grants, and fellowships.

    “This is a tremendous honor for our institution. We are very thankful for the faculty members who guide this chapter and contribute to the recognition of our outstanding scholars,” said UWA President Richard D. Holland.

    The Award includes a commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration; special recognition on Society website, publications and at PKP’s National Convention; recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals; and a $500 award.

    University Provost David M. Taylor, a past president of the chapter, says he is pleased with the work that the chapter’s officers have done to receive this recognition.

    “Since the UWA chapter was established in 1997, it has grown each year, not only in membership, but also in the chapter’s contributions to the intellectual vigor of the University community,” Taylor said. “Each year, the UWA chapter, under the guidance of outstanding faculty leaders, sponsors a number of programs and projects that enrich the academic experience of both students and faculty, including a colloquium series that hosts impressive scholars,” he explained.

    Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The organization inducts annually approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

    Since its founding, more than one million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, writer John Grisham, opera singer Renee Fleming, journalist and broadcaster Deborah Norville and Netscape founder James Barksdale.

    For more information on Phi Kappa Phi at the University of West Alabama, please call 205-652-3570 or email mdavis@uwa.edu.
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