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TAMIU Phi Kappa Phi Recognized as Chapter of Excellence Posted: 10/15/15

TAMIU Phi Kappa Phi Recognized as Chapter of Excellence


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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Chapter 296 of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization.

The award is given to chapters excelling in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.     

The Chapter of Excellence distinction is part of the Society’s Chapter Recognition program, acknowledging 44 chapters with recognition this year -- including 29 as a Chapter of Excellence. 

“The Chapter Recognition program offers Phi Kappa Phi the opportunity to say a special thank you to chapters who go above and beyond in promoting academic excellence on their campuses,” said Society executive director Dr. Mary Todd.

By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, TAMIU’s chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select award and grant programs.

“Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 296 at TAMIU is extremely proud of our accomplishment,” said Chapter president Dr. Peter F. Haruna, TAMIU professor and director of the University’s Public Administration Program.  “We will continue to work hard to earn more prestigious awards for our membership body and University ‘love of learning’ community,” Dr. Haruna added.

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence distinction receive  a commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration; special recognition on the Society’s website, publications and at the biennial convention; specially designed logo for use in chapter communications; recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals and a $500 award.

The nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

It annually inducts approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. It has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi at TAMIU, contact Dr. Haruna at 956.326.2613 or email

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