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Bragging Rights
Phi Kappa Phi Posts Remarkable Year
members of the Honor Society
of Phi Kappa Phi can hold their
heads up high. This year, the
TAMIU Chapter was accorded
multiple honors recognizing its
accomplishments, culminating
in being named one of only
19 chapters nationwide to receive the Chapter of
Excellence distinction.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest andmost selective
collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
As a Chapter of Excellence, TAMIU Chapter 296
was recognized as a thriving organization that meets
regularly, holds annual initiations and applies and
frequently receives Phi Kappa Phi’s select awards,
grants and fellowships.
This year, three members of the Chapter received
the Love of Learning award: María Del Rosario
Benavides, graduate assistant studying sociology;
As this year ends, we share
some of TAMIU’s most
notable accomplishments.
This year saw Texas A&M International
University receive several honors.
TAMIU ranked in the
US News and World Report
“2014 Best Colleges Rankings.” TAMIU was listed
as number 35 in the Top Public Schools (Regional
Universities West) category of 1800 institutions
surveyed. TAMIUwas also ranked 87 among regional
universities (West). And TAMIU was recognized in
new listing categories for the 2014 edition.
G.I. Jobs
, a premier
magazine for military
personnel transitioning
to civilian life, awarded
TAMIU the designation
of “Military Friendly
Schools.” This is the
third year in a row the University has made the list.
In a survey conducted for the
Washington Monthly
Master’s Universities “2013 College
Rankings,” TAMIU ranked in the top 5%—23 out of
684 institutions. TAMIU was the only A&M campus
in the ranking’s Top 100.
TAMIU was also named
third in U.S. Colleges for
Hispanic Students among
the 22 most popular
Students. Utilizing IPEDS,
the primary federal entity
for collecting and analyzing
data related to education, The College Database
ranked TAMIU No. 3 on its national list, with a
reported 94% of students being of Hispanic descent.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
 cited TAMIU
among the nation’s fastest-growing public master’s
institutions in its “Almanac of Higher Education
2013.” TAMIU was named fourth in the nation in
recognition of its 108.6% enrollment growth. Of the
20 fastest growing public research campuses, six
were in Texas. TAMIU was the only A&M campus
included in the public master’s institutions category. 
Dr. Anna Cieslicka, associate professor, psychology;
and Selma Herrera, graduate student at Texas
Christian University.
This summer, junior José Jacobo was one of 50
students nationwide to be awarded a Phi Kappa Phi
Study Abroad Grant. An accounting major, Jacobo
used the Study Abroad Grant to study in Europe.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi
Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 select
colleges and universities in North America and the
Philippines. Its 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.”
TAMIU’s Chapter was formed in 2005.
Dr. Anna Cieslicka