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Nazareth is excited to induct its very first class into the College’s new chapter of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The students eligible for induction have been personally invited, and a special ceremony is set for March 22.
“It is exciting to think that I will be among Nazareth's first inductees to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society,” says Megan Morrison, a junior physical therapy major. “The new chapter will offer enriching opportunities for our students. Phi Kappa Phi is another example of what keeps Nazareth College at the forefront of academic excellence.”
Phi Kappa Phi 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.
“I am excited to meet like-minded, driven professionals from a variety of disciplines,” says Ryan Flynn, a senior information technology major. “I am honored to be invited to such an elite and reputable organization. I look forward to developing relationships within Phi Kappa Phi.”
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.” 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.
"When I saw that Naz would soon have a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, I reached out to learn more,” says John Horner, a senior business administration major. “I am excited for the opportunity to be part of it, and look forward to the long-term networking possibilities."
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. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley.
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.