CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 28, 2006 — Dr. Donald Jung, Jr., president-elect of Southeast Missouri State University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, participated in a Partnering For Success Workshop Aug. 5-6 at the Red Lion Hotel in Portland, Ore.
The workshop featured advanced skill development in enhancing chapter public relations and communication, recruiting and involving faculty and professional staff, insuring chapter officer succession and continuity and increasing member participation. The two-day session was fourth in a series of five major training workshops scheduled for 2006 across the country.
Jung, assistant professor of mass communication at Southeast, represented one of 30 other chapters from across the nation to share ideas and to learn proven strategies for making their respective chapters operate at maximum efficiency.
“It was truly a cooperative group with a lot of sharing and networking that will serve the chapters well,” said Dr. Penny Wright, vice president of the western region for the Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors.
Each participant was provided financial support by Phi Kappa Phi Headquarters to attend the workshop.
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 staff and alumni. The Society has chapters at nearly 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, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, writer John Grisham and Netscape founder James Barksdale. The Society has awarded approximately $12 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $700,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. The Society’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.”
For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, please call (800) 804-9880 or visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.