HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
Setting the standard for academic excellence among colleges and universities in south Mississippi, The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the induction of 99 students into the prestigious honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership selection is based upon students' rank in the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students within the student's respective university.
Southern Miss inductees, whose membership is by invitation only, represented both the University's Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses and all six of the University's academic colleges.
In March, inductees were presented with a formal induction ceremony held at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. University representatives were present during the ceremony, along with the students' families and friends.
"The large number of inductees, which includes students from every college, points to the quality of our undergraduate and graduate student bodies; to the quality of teaching and learning on our campus; and to the culture of excellence promoted at Southern Miss," said Dr. Ellen Weinauer, dean of the Honors College and a 1984 Phi Kappa Phi inductee at the University of Wisconsin.
Since its establishment in 1967 at Southern Miss, Chapter #99 of Phi Kappa Phi has been very successful in garnering grants and awards, which include nine study-abroad grant winners, eight Love of Learning Award winners and seven national fellows.
In recent years, the chapter has engaged in events such as book drives to promote literacy among youth and post-secondary preparedness programs titled "Getting into Graduate School."
"One mission of Phi Kappa Phi is the promotion of life-long learning, and we certainly hope to promote that mission in our inductees and in our chapter members through our activities. Through those activities, we also hope to raise the visibility of the Southern Miss chapter and to highlight the role of Phi Kappa Phi in the University's mission of academic excellence and intellectual engagement," said Weinauer.