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45 students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Release Date: May 09, 2014

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

Press Release

PUEBLO – Forty-five Colorado State University – Pueblo students were inducted into the  Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi last week (May 2), according to Dr. Roy Sonnema, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and president of the CSU-Pueblo Phi Kappa Phi Chapter.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society’s mission is “to encourage, recognize, and promote superior scholarship in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Sonnema presided at the induction ceremony held on Friday, May 2 in the Chemistry Building Auditorium. 

The CSU-Pueblo Phi Kappa Phi Charter was approved by the national organization on Oct. 21, 1994, with the first initiation ceremony on April 10, 1995.

The organization is comprised of nearly 300 chapters located in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, which together induct more than 30,000 members each year. Since the organization’s inception in 1897, more than one million scholars have joined the prestigious organization.

The standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are higher than those of most other honor societies. Phi Kappa Phi elects to membership undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and alumni. Undergraduate students are selected from the upper 10 percent of the senior class and the graduate level, and the upper 7.5 percent of the junior class. To be eligible, students must have completed at least 24 credit hours at CSU-Pueblo. In addition, juniors must be “last term” juniors, having completed a total of at least 72 credit hours of course work. Election to membership is by invitation only. Each chapter screens juniors, seniors, and graduate students for membership based upon their grade point averages and good character. Those who meet the national requirements are invited.

The 2014 inductees to CSU-Pueblo Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are:

Tyler Halliday Hobson, Junior
Kristin Anuhea Keiley, Senior
Timothy Zercher, Junior

Karissa Lynn Alire, Junior
Brandon Robert Pierce, Senior
Brenda L. Winters, Senior

Eric Curtiss, Graduate Student
Melanie R. Jones, Senior
Nicole Negron, Senior
Katrina Rae Vigil, Senior
Jordan Weddle, Senior
Jessica Lynne Whisman, Junior

Austin Daniella Morelli, Senior

Omar D. Cancel Rios, Senior
Kristin Williams, Senior

Ariana J. Carlyle, Junior

Kristin L. Clifton, Junior

Robyn Aguero, Junior
Robin Arwood, Junior
Nicole Grace Bartolo, Junior
Robert Lee Chavez, Junior
Larry Joseph Edwards, Senior
Lindsay Ann Emerson, Senior
Victoria Lynn Gibson, Junior
Martina Gouge Gilmore, Junior
Bradley Gonzales, Junior
Caitlyn M. Howard, Junior
Ceresa Ann Kennedy, Junior
Rachel Lynn LoCascio, Senior
Raelynn Margarite Martinez, Senior
Jacob Michael Mutz, Junior
Oliver Alexander Sample III, Junior
Christopher J. Schreck, Junior
M. Isabel Soto-Luna, Junior
Kyle Stroud, Senior
Samantha J. Trujillo, Junior

Noelle Elizabeth Clark, Junior
Courtney R. Thomas, Senior
Arika Paige Waldrep, Junior
Codi Joette Wingo, Graduate Student

Michael A. Pacheco, Junior

Nathan Alexander Sharpless, Senior

Ann M. Toczek, Graduate Student

Jason Cowan, Senior

Zhiguang Chen, Junior

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