Phi Kappa Phi Fall Recognition
Ceremony and Fall Lecturer
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and most selective of the many honor societies that recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education. While each student must be at least a junior to be invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi, each fall Chapter 127 recognizes the truly outstanding first and second year students on campus. To recieve this recognition, each student must be in the upper 3 percent of his or her class.
At this special ceremony, each student will be recongized and honored. Each student will also recieve a certificate and will be reminded of possibilities for future membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
The Fall 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Lecture was given by Dr. Chris Baxter. For a complete list of these lectures, please see the Faculty Lecture.
The Muriel D. Tomlinson Memorial Lectures
Muriel Tomlinson came to UT Martin in 1959 after receiving her PhD from Duke University. She taught French and Spanish in the English Department and was instrumental in the establishment of what is now the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Dr. Tomlinson chaired the department from 1962 until 1976. Under her tutelage, the department grew from two faculty members to six and offered majors in French and Spanish as well as minors in French, German, and Spanish. Professor Tomlinson was a firm believer in the role of technology as a learning aid for students and developed the first language laboratory on campus. Dr. Tomlinson, a staunch supporter of the ideals of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, retired from the university in 1976. The 2013 Muriel Tomlinson lecture was given by Professor Jenna Wright.
To honor the memory of Dr. Muriel Tomlinson, a loyal member of Phi Kappa Phi who died in 1976, a distinguished faculty in the Humanities presents the Muriel D. Tomlinson Memorial Lecture each year.
Spring Initiation and Banquet
During the spring semester (usually in April), Chapter 127 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi holds a major event: the initiation ceremony and banquet. Selected juniors, seniors, graduate students, and faculty members are welcomed and initiated as new Phi Kappa Phi members, and officers for the upcoming year are installed.
Following the ceremony, a banquet is held for new members, their guests, and other Phi Kappa Phi members. A speaker is carefully selected each year to present the banquet address.
Banquet speakers have included distinguished professors and administrators, members of local and federal goverments, and successful business men and women. The banquet speaker for 2013 will be Dr. Robert Smith, retired president of Slippery Rock University.