Phi Kappa Phi



The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. Once inducted, Phi Kappa Phi members gain a lifelong passport to a global network of academic and professional opportunities. Since its founding in 1897, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, writer John Grisham, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, and Netscape founder James Barksdale.

Mission Statement


"To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

About Phi Kappa Phi


Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on nearly 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, 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, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines—a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations. 

This information and more may be found at the national website for PKP:

Texas A&M International University
Chapter 296
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi


Photo of PKP Charter Group

TAMIU Charter Members at Chapter Installation on November 6, 2005 


Officers (2013 - 2015)

  • Dr. James A. Norris, President
  • Dr. Peter F. Haruna, President-Elect
  • Dr. Lola Orellano Norris, Immediate Past President
  • Dr. H. Lisa Gardner Flores, Secretary
  • Ms. Mary T. Treviño, Treasurer
  • Mr. Steve K. Harmon, Public Relations Officer
  • Ms. María Rosario Benavides, Student Vice-President
  • Ms. Olivia Corona, Student Vice-President
  • Ms. Velia Dávila, Student Vice-President
  • Mr. José Jacobo, Student Vice-President
  • Ms. Erika Medina, Student Vice President
  • Mr. Patrick Palacions, Student Vice-President
  • Ms. Dulce Partida, Student Vice-President

By-Laws of Chapter 296

Past Presidents of Chapter 296

  • Dr. Thomas Mitchell (2005 - 2007)
  • Dr. Kathleen Pletsch de García (2007)
  • Dr. Deborah Blackwell (2007 - 2009)
  • Dr. John C. Kilburn (2009 - 2011)
  • Dr. Lola Orellano Norris (2011 - 2013)

Charter Members

  • Dr. Deborah Blackwell, First Chapter Secretary and Associate Professor of History
  • Mr. Clayton Baum, Laredo Businessman
  • Dr. Barbara Greybeck, Associate Professor of Education
  • Mr. Steve Harmon, First Chapter Public Relations Officer and Director of Public Relations and Marketing
  • Dr. Juan Homero Hinojosa, Professor of Physics
  • Dr. J. Charles Jennett, President Emeritus
  • Dr. Dan Jones, First Chapter Treasurer and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Mrs. Patricia Keck, Coordinator of Health Services for Laredo I.S.D.
  • Dr. Ray Keck III, Professor of Spanish and President
  • Dr. Archibald Laud-Hammond, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Mr. John Maxstadt, Associate Librarian and Head of Public Services at Killam Library
  • Dr. Thomas R. Mitchell, First Chapter President and Professor of English
  • Dr. James Norris, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Dr. Kathleen Pletsch de García, First Chapter President-Elect and Associate Professor of English & Spanish
  • Dr. Doris Rosenow, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Dr. Judith Warner, Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Judith Zaffirini, Texas State Senator
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