On Monday, April 3, a group of 84 students, faculty and staff members became the 51st class to be inducted into the UNO-based chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society.
Students selected to Phi Kappa Phi must be nominated by another individual and meet several criteria, including being a junior or senior and being at least in the top 10 percent of their class while also completing 72 credit hours.
Faculty and staff are also eligible by being nominated, but must have achieved scholarly distinction or provided exemplary commitment to supporting higher education.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective of honor societies that welcome members across all disciplines. The official mission of Phi Kappa Phi is to "recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."
UNO's chapter, the Corinthian Chapter, was formed in 1966.
As part of the 52-member inductee class of 2017, one faculty member and three UNO staff members were inducted:
- Paul H. Davis, Associate Professor Biology
- Bret Blackman, Chief Information Officer
- Erin Owen, Executive Director of University Communications
- Rachel Tomcak, Director of Advising, College of Arts and Science
Students honored at the induction ceremony as new Phi Kappa Phi members are:
Yan Yin Lo
Tierra M, A, Yah
Gerard O'Rourke II
Monday's ceremony also featured remarks from chapter officers, including the president, Deborah Smith-Howell, who is also UNO's Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Graduate Dean; president-elect David Boocker, who is also UNO's Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; past-president Lynn Harland, who is also the Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration; chapter secretary Tej Adidam, who is also a professor of Marketing and Entreprenuership; treasurer Christy Tilford, who is also Associate Director of Business Systems Intelligence at UNO; and public relations officer Charley Reed, who is also Associate Director of Media Relations at UNO.
More information about the Corinthian chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and how to join can be found on the UNO website.