Southeast Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Honored as Chapter of Merit

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 20, 2010 – The Southeast Missouri State University chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society was recently recognized as a Chapter of Merit at the Society’s national biennial convention in Kansas City, Mo.

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 serving others.

Dr. Craig Roberts, president of the Southeast chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, says, “We are pleased and honored to be recognized as a Chapter of Merit. The award is a result of the dedication and hard work of current and past chapter officers, student vice presidents and members. Our membership has a passion for learning and service, and each member integrates into their professional and personal lives the Phi Kappa Phi motto to ‘Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity.’”

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Established in 1897, Southeast chartered its Phi Kappa Phi chapter in 1992. The chapter is only extended to colleges and universities meeting the society’s rigorous standards, and is open to men and women in all academic fields who have demonstrated excellence of scholarship and integrity of character.

Graduating seniors who rank in the upper 10 percent of their class, juniors who rank in the upper 7.5 percent of their class; and graduate and professional students who have a graduate grade point average of 4.0 and have an outstanding undergraduate record are eligible for consideration.

In receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, Southeast’s chapter was recognized as a thriving organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select scholarships, grants and fellowships.

The award brings with it a citation from the Society president; a commendation letters sent to the chapter officers and campus administration; special recognition on the Society’s website, in Society publications and at the Phi Kappa Phi’s National Convention; and a $100 award given to Southeast.

“Those chapters that have earned Chapter of Merit status are led by committed officers who give generously of their time and talent to honor outstanding students,” said Perry Snyder, the Society’s executive director. “Officers of award-winning chapters live out their personal commitments to honor and excellence through Phi Kappa Phi.”

Some of the national 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.

Today the Society awards more than $700,000 annually to qualifying members and non-members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.