Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Dr. Anthony Schroeder
PORTALES –The Eastern New Mexico University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi held their spring 2003 induction of new members on Friday, April 25 in the Zia Room of the Campus Union Building Zia room. The speaker for the banquet was Dr. Wendell McKenzie from North Carolina State University. Professor McKenzie is the national president of Phi Kappa Phi.
Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society that recognizes and honors excellence in all academic disciplines, started in 1897. There are nearly 300 chapters of Phi Kappa Phi on college and university campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Phi Kappa Phi has been and remains a unifying force for academic excellence on these campuses, inducting high-ranking undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. From the original 13 members in 1897, the Society now annually confers membership on more than 30,000 persons. The new initiates, like those who preceded them, are the "best and brightest" and will greatly influence economic, political, social, and educational life in the coming decades.
Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. To be eligible for membership, one must be an outstanding student of sound character and enrolled at a college or university with a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Because Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education, one's field of study may be in any discipline. Juniors must have completed at least 72 credit hours and rank scholastically in the top 7.5 percent of their class. Seniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their class. Graduate students, as well, must rank in the upper 10 percent of their class. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction may also be eligible for membership.
Undergraduate students from ENMU inducted were: Sara Holland, Elizabeth Rothwell, Charlotte Whitbeck, Michael Gonzales, Sandra Pool, Gizelka David-West, Hegulka David-West, Corine Carruthers, Donna Pipher, George Tippin, Lora Finney, Jamey Licata, Jacqueline Jones, Laura Holder, Silvia Cano, Melanie Maez, Penney Cardona, Paul Cash, Nancy Varelas, Cari Jones, David Wilson, Kristine Kelley, Kirk Mundy, Darla O'Hare, Roger Grooms, Shannon Osborne, Destiny Carpenter, Shannon Enochs, Sarah Walley, Jessica Harwell, Sarah Radaelli-Sanchez, Toby Henderson, Andrew Sutton, Ann Dennis, Jeffrey Berberick, Sherrye Smith, Angel Trujillo, Michael Pollack, David Rodriguez, Christian Gilde, Jenny D King and Adam C. Howe.
Graduate students were: Mikiko Nagayasu, Ivan Lapuka, Fred Miller III, Jennifer Buntz, Judy Knight, Amy Jankowski and Carlyn G. Hancock.
The faculty member was Dr. John Humphreys, assistant professor of management.
The activity was coordinated by Dr. Bill Brunsen and Dr. Dale Davis in the College of Business, and Dr. Anthony Schroeder in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.