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Nazareth Installs Prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Chapter

  • Published: January 10, 2013

Highlights

  • Nazareth is newest chapter of national honor society Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society
  • Nazareth's first students will be initiated on March 22

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Media: Julie Long (585) 389-2456

Nazareth Installs Prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Chapter

 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society—established its newest chapter at Nazareth College on January 9, 2013, during a ceremonial installation. Nazareth College became the 320th chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine.

Nazareth was approved to establish a chapter by the Society’s board of directors in October 2012. Each year, approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the Society, which has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.



"The commitment to excellence at Nazareth College is evident in the number of scholarships available to students, as well as through the presence of the college’s strong honors program,” said Society President Dr. Diane G. Smathers. “All of us at Phi Kappa Phi are excited about the addition of the Nazareth chapter and look forward to developing a strong working relationship with the chapter.”

Officers elected by the chartering group of the Nazareth chapter to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. MaryAnn Bush (2nd from right in photo), Vice President Dr. Paula Brown(2nd from left), Secretary Dr. Matthew John Temple (far right) and Treasurer Dr. William L. Hallahan(far left).
The new chapter will initiate students for the first time on March 22, 2013. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
More About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 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 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $14 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate 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.http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, please call 800/804-9880 or visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org

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