LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2021) — A total of 33 new members were welcomed into the University of Kentucky’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recently during the 2021 induction ceremony led by chapter president Pat Whitlow.
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 and recognized for their scholarly achievements and distinction. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10% of seniors and graduate students and 7.5% of juniors.
This year, Lynn Hiler, the Chellgren Center program coordinator, was included as an honorary initiate into the prestigious organization for her contributions to student success for over 30 years at UK.
“Lynn is a conduit to connecting students to resources in the Chellgren Center, as well as opportunities from innumerable outside organizations. Lynn has served PKP in ways that we could never thank her enough for and this honorary event was long overdue,” said Student Vice President Matthew Melton.
“PKP is an organization that I have been lucky enough to be a part of for almost five years and served as the UK chapter student vice president for four years. During this time, I have witnessed the UK chapter induct almost 200 bright and committed students to our society,” Melton said. “PKP helps students by connecting them to a vast network of peers and mentors that can help them reach the long-term goals that we all strive to obtain.”
To see the Fall 2021 inductees and the ceremony, visit the Chellgren Center Youtube channel.
The UK chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Office of the Provost. To learn more about the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, please visit www.uky.edu/chellgren/.
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