Georgetown College recently joined 285 institutions in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most selective honor society in the U.S. that recognizes excellence in all academic disciplines.
The new chapter will be formally installed at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the college’s Conference and Training Center by Terry Mathias, North Central regional vice president for Phi Kappa Phi. He will oversee the induction of 21 Georgetown seniors, 19 juniors and one faculty member–Keon Chi, professor of political science and director of academic honors programs. President Dr. William H. Crouch Jr. and Janice Shelton, chair of the college’s board of trustees, will also be inducted.
“I’m excited that we have climbed the second step of honorary organizations that we
need membership in to have true academic credibility,” Crouch said. The first was Omicron Delta Kappa, a student honorary organization; the next step would be Phi Beta Kappa.
“These are not stair-steps,” he added. “They all have their own value.”
According to Chi, who led the pursuit of Phi Kappa Phi, a chapter allows the College to:
- recruit more of the best and brightest;
- recognize the most outstanding students while they are still here; and
- help students be more attractive to graduate schools.
“Most of our students will be eligible because of our core curriculum,” said Provost William Pollard, who was inducted while a vice president at Evansville University.
Phi Kappa Phi officers will also be introduced at a reception following the ceremony, including president Christine Leverenz, math/physics/computer science char, and president-elect John Campell of the music department. A vice president will be selected by the 40 student initiates.
The first-year president has warm familial feelings about Georgetown becoming part of a larger academic tradition.
“My father was a member of Phi Kappa Phi,” said Leverenz, who was inducted herself while a student at Butler University. “Now it will always e special to consider Georgetown College students as members…like a continuation of a family tradition.”
Once the new chapter is officially installed, an executive committee will review for potential induction alumni, faculty and special friends of the college who might have distinguished themselves.