Southeast Phi Kappa Phi Member Honored at Phi Kappa Phi Convention

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 21, 2007 – Southeast Missouri State University Phi Kappa Phi member Misty Clifton, payroll manager in Southeast’s Office of Human Resources, was one of five 2007-2008 Phi Kappa Phi Award recipients honored at the Society’s 2007 triennial convention held Aug. 9-11 in Orlando, Fla.

Clifton received a 2007 Literacy Grant for her work with Southeast’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter’s Born to Read program. Representing Southeast, she presented a slideshow highlighting the Born to Read literacy project. The program promotes early literacy through the distribution of books to newborns at area hospitals. Phi Kappa Phi members, University administrators and students hold special events to promote the program and prepare books for distribution by including a Phi Kappa Phi book plate and letter about early reading with babies.

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. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional stuff and alumni.  The Society has chapters at 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.