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40 students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Release Date: April 29, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

PUEBLO - Forty Colorado State University -; Pueblo students were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) last week (April 23), according to Cora Zaletel, executive director of External Affairs 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." Zaletel presided at the induction ceremony held on Thursday, April 23 in the Library and Academic Resource Center 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.

Today, there are more than 300 chapters of Phi Kappa Phi, ranging from Maine to the Philippines and from Alaska to Puerto Rico, 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. Famous PKP inductees include President Jimmy Carter, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, authors John Grisham, Stephen Ambrose, and Ernest Gaines, and jazz musicians Dave Brubeck and Elias Marsalis.

Senior undergraduates shall be in the upper ten (10) percent of their class in each college or division. Juniors are drawn from the upper seven and one-half (7.5) percent of their class. Graduate and professional students who have completed one full year of study and are in the upper ten (10) percent of all candidates for graduate or professional degrees also are eligible for membership. Faculty, administrators, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify for membership. 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 2015 inductees to CSU-Pueblo Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are:


Laura Cain, Senior
Matthew Miller, Senior
Debra L. Whitt, Graduate


Sheryl Bacon, Graduate


Erin Reiter, Junior
Sonja Schuster, Graduate
Christine Wiabel Smith, Senior


Laura Smith, Graduate


Miriam Fahem, Senior


Beth Hedstrom, Graduate


Jake Callaghan, Graduate
Jeanette Cortez, Graduate
Rebecca Day, Junior
Garrison Gurule, Senior
Danielle Hartman, Senior
Douglas Krebs, Senior
Ryan Lerch, Senior
Dongliang Lu, Senior
Katherine Maglia, Junior
Kelsey Markenson, Graduate
Brandis Montez, Junior
Esmeralda Mora, Junior
Ricardo Octavio, Junior
Lauren Parsons, Senior
Hannah Pearson, Senior
Larisa Romero, Junior
Isaiah Sanchez, Senior
Anzuman Sharmin, Senior
Tyler Shown, Junior
Makenzie Smith, Senior
Alexsandar Spiridonov, Senior
Alexis Trujillo, Junior


Elizabeth Brown, Senior
Kristy Kreider, Graduate
Jamie Morrisey, Senior
Cara Silla, Junior


Tracy Richardson, Graduate


Bryana Ewing, Junior


Mark Cloer, Graduate


Cecelia Cole, Junior

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