Christina Bradshaw was awarded a $5,000 professional fellowship which she will use for Medical School.
2006 Chapter Award was Awarded to Bethany Meier
Tim Finley, a 2004 graduate of GC with a major in chemistry, received a $2,000 Award of Excellence from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to support his first year of graduate study in pharmacy at the University of Kentucky in 2004-05. Finley, of Nortonville, Ky., was the first student to receive this competitive award after the establishment of GeorgetownÔÇÖs chapter in April of 2003.
Announced in Phi Kappa Phi Focus, No. 188, July 2004, p.4
By CHAS J. HARTMAN
Georgetown College is the newest member in one of the nation’s oldest national honor societies.
In a ceremony held Sunday at the Georgetown College Conference and training Center, the college installed its first chapter in the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. The society became a national association in 1900.
Terry Mathias, North Central Regional vice president for Phi Kappa Phi, helped lead the installation.
“It’s such a great delight to have these opportunities,” Mathias told the audience at the ceremony’s start. “This will be a historic occasion.”
Installing the chapter and inducting its member and officers provided Mathias with a “Swell of satisfaction,” he said.
Achieving Phi Kappa Phi status is another way of “recognizing intelligence and hard work,” Georgetown College Phi Kappa Phi President Dr. Christine Leverenz said.
The establishment of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter also represents the second step in a series of honorary organizations, said Georgetown College president
Dr. William H. Crouch Jr. The first was Omicron Delta Kappa, a student honorary organization and next step is PHi Beta Kappa, Crouch said.
“For 216 years, Georgetown College has been working toward this event,” Crouch said. “We’ve truly set ourselves apart today with this wonderful ceremony.”
Mathias led the induction of 21 Georgetown seniors, 19 juniors and one faculty member–Dr. Keon Chi, professor of political science and director of academic science and director of academic honors programs.
Crouch and Dr. Janice Shelton, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, were also inducted.
Phi Kappa Phi officers introduced Sunday included Leverenz, president elect Dr. John Campbell, treasurer Dr. Bobby W. Burchette, public relations Dr. Glenn C. Rogers and secretary JoAnne M. Nartowicz. A vice president will be selected by the student initiates.
Other charter members include Stephanie M. Adams, Dr. Jon Dalager, Derek G. Gordon, Dr. Jean M. Ippolito, Susan J. Knies, Dr. Horace M. Lewis, Dr. J. Christopher Nix, Dr. William F. Pollard, Dr. Judy R. Rodgers, Thomas E. Rogers IV, Dr. Nancy E. Schoenberg, Dr. Edward B. Smith and Dr. David W. Sogin. Pollard was originally inducted while vice president at Evansville University.
Senior inductees include ┬áChristopher Bolus, Elizabeth Brown, Joesph Campbell, Courtney Carter, Stephanie Collins, Timothy Finley, Christy Garland, Shemeka Gill, John Hale, Andrew Harris, Jeffrey Heath, Meredith Holladay, Melissa Mahurin, Laura Mays, Joshua McCoy, Dustin Neel, Martin Rains, Heidi Sorrell, Katie Thompson, Christian Unick and Ashley Willis.
Junior inductees include Sara Becker, Mary Burzlaff, Ashley Callahan, Rachel Canterbury, Farrah Dickens, Amber Dillon, Joshua Fenner, Jessica Forge, Jennifer McKinney, Neely McLaughlin, Leslie Mooney, Lindsay Moorman, Whitney Purcell, Julie Roark, Amanda Shearer, Katrina Smith, Sarah Srodulski, Jenny Starnes and David Wernsing.
A committee will review potential candidates among alumni, faculty and special friends of the college. The chapter must hold two meetings annually, Mathias said.
All society members must abide by one motto: “Let the love of learning rule humanity.”
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.