Posted: 10/11/12

Earns Merit Recognition

  The nation’s oldest and largest all-disciplinary honor society, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, has recognized the Texas A&M International University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Merit. The award is given to chapters for promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

“We are honored and humbled to be recognized with this award,” said Dr. Lola O. Norris, TAMIU assistant professor of Spanish and chapter president.

“The Chapter of Merit award recognizes the hard work of the chapter’s officers and, especially, our student vice presidents, plus our whole TAMIU membership. The award underscores our chapter’s dedication to students, service, and the Phi Kappa Phi motto: ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity,’” Dr. Norris said.

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Merit distinction receive:

  • A commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration
  • Special recognition on the Society’s website and publications
  • Specially designed logo for use in chapter communications
  • Recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals
  • $100 award.

“The sharp rise in the number of chapters that have achieved recognition this year is impressive. It shows our chapters aspire to live Phi Kappa Phi's mission to recognize academic excellence, starting on their own campuses,” said Dr. Mary Todd, Society executive director.

“Chapter officers are volunteers with a deep commitment to Phi Kappa Phi — they are to be commended for their tireless effort on behalf of students,” Dr. Todd added.

The Chapter of Merit distinction is a part of the Society’s Chapter Recognition Program, which acknowledged 73 chapters with recognition this year, including 54 as a Chapter of Merit. Thirty-two chapters received chapter recognition in 2011.

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

Founded in 1897, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts over 32,000 student, faculty, professional staff and university alumni members from more than 280 select colleges and universities like TAMIU.

Those elected to membership include the upper 7.5 percent of last-term juniors and the upper 10 percent of seniors, the upper 10 percent of graduate students, along with outstanding faculty and alumni.

For additional information, please contact Norris at pkp@tamiu.edu, call 956.326.2648 or visit http://www.phikappaphi.org/web/

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