GEORGETOWN, KY – Georgetown College’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter has invited eighteen graduating seniors, twenty-two juniors, and eight newly-tenured faculty to become members of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The initiation ceremony is set for Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the Ward Room, first floor, of the Ensor Learning Resource Center. A reception for initiates and their families follows.

PKPUndergraduate students in any department of a college or university having a Phi Kappa Phi chapter who have completed at least twenty-four (24) semester hours or the equivalent at that institution are eligible. 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.

To be invited to join Georgetown’s chapter of PKP, seniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their class. Senior invitees this year are Charles D. Crowe (Chemistry) and Claire Elise Strnad (Sociology/Religion), Georgetown, KY; Rebecca Hope Short (Psychology), Molly A. Shoulta (Political Science/Communications and Media Studies), and Olivia Cibelle Zendja (Accounting), all from Louisville; Rachel Renee Penn (Accounting) and Brittany R. Thompson (Psychology/Communications and Media Studies), Lexington; Phillip Keith Davis (Religion/Spanish), Somerset; Matthew Gregory Dudgeon (Chemistry), Crestwood; Finnja Ramcke (Psychology), Frankfort; Rachael Ann Castillo (English), Paducah; Daniel Mason Head (English), Owensboro; Lauren Alyssa Hiller (Business Administration) and Zachary J. Robke (History), Independence; Shanna G. Robinson (English), Carlisle; Jennifer Michelle Stephenson (Art), La Grange; Kristen Ashlee Rowe (Biology), Albion, IL; and Meredith K. Rigby (Music), Ypsilanti, MI.

Juniors must have completed at least seventy-two credit hours and rank scholastically in the top 7.5 percent of their class. The junior invitees this year are Chelsea Lee Brown (Undeclared), Albany; Caliesha Lavonne Comley (Sociology), Richmond; Mary Katherine Dowdy (History/Psychology), Lexington; Sara Caitlyn Easterling (Biology) and Alyshia Kay Powell (Economics), Winchester; Emily Ann Eicher (Exercise Science), Monticello; Rachel Janeen Floyd (Undeclared), Somerset; Ashley Ryann Fox (Biology), Corbin; Kara Hope Gilvin (Elementary Education), De Mossville; Emily Rebecca Gumm (Biology) and Natalie Elizabeth Hill (Athletic Training), Louisville; Grant Allen Harned (Communications and Media Studies), Paducah; Evan M. Jacoby (Chemistry) and Leanndra W. Padgett (English), Lexington; Whitney Genee Johns (Music), Catlettsburg; Anna Elizabeth Meurer (Religion/History), Danville; Dennis A. Propp (Biology) and Seaton Elizabeth Stiles (Communications and Media Studies/Psychology), Crestwood; Taylor M. Shaw (Psychology/Communications and Media Studies), Shelbyville; Brandon Michael Tolliver (Spanish), Morning View; Jensen Wainscott (Elementary Education), Northville; and Michelle R. Larberg (Biology), Sylvania, OH.

Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction are also eligible for PKP membership. Georgetown College’s PKP Chapter has invited these newly-tenured faculty members to join: Terry Ray Clark, PhD, Associate Professor of Religion; Jay Castaneda, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology; Susan Dummer, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies; J. Daniel Graham, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art; Mami Hayashida, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music; Laura Hunt, PhD, Associate Professor of Spanish; Patrick G. Sheridan, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry; and Alexandru Spatariu, PhD, Associate Professor of Education.

Achieving Phi Kappa Phi status is another way of “recognizing intelligence and hard work,” said Dr. Christine Leverenz, the chapter’s charter president and its current treasurer. Dr. Leverenz is Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. Georgetown’s PKP chapter was installed in 2003.

Dr. Regan Lookadoo, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, the current Georgetown PKP chapter president, commented, “Phi Kappa Phi is an honorary society where students who have shown academic excellence can join together in a community that recognizes and appreciates their accomplishments. It is an honor for these excellent Georgetown College juniors and seniors to be invited to join Phi Kappa Phi and they should be proud of their hard work and dedication.”

The Phi Kappa Phi honor society was established in 1897. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

All society members must abide by one motto: “Let the love of learning rule humanity.”