LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2011) — A chapter meeting will be held and a new class of honorees will be officially welcomed into the University of Kentucky's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in ceremonies in the Commons area of the Charles T. Wethington Jr. Building (College of Health Sciences building) on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m.
Jane Kirschling, dean of the College of Nursing, and Kelly Smith, associate dean of the College of Pharmacy, will be inducted into the prestigious honor society together with a number of undergraduate and graduate students.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Each year, approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the organization. Its chapters are on more than 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.
“This latest class of inductees further strengthens the prestige of Phi Kappa Phi on this campus," said David W. Sogin, professor of music education and president of the UK chapter. "The induction ceremony serves as a celebration of our best academic efforts, as well as a commitment to lifelong learning and community service."
Phi Kappa Phi members have served in the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States. They have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national and international awards for service and achievement in their chosen fields. The society is proud to include among its membership thousands of men and women who, for more than a century, have sought to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.
Phi Kappa Phi has bestowed approximately $12 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $800,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. 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.”