CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 8, 2015 — The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Southeast Missouri State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization.
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.
The Chapter of Excellence distinction is a part of the Society’s Chapter Recognition program, which acknowledged 44 chapters with recognition this year including 29 as a Chapter of Excellence.
“The Chapter Recognition program offers Phi Kappa Phi the opportunity to say a special thank you to chapters who go above and beyond in promoting academic excellence on their campuses,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.
By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, the chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select award and grant programs.
“Our Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 260 at Southeast Missouri State University is pleased to receive the Chapter of Excellence award,” said Chapter President Marge Phillips. “We strive for excellence in our chapter and hope to be able to pass on our ‘love of learning’ to those around us in our chapter, our University, and our community.”
Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence distinction receive a $500 award along with other recognitions.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.
Phi Kappa Phi membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.