MARTIN, Tenn. —The Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at the University of Tennessee at Martin has been named a 2013-14 Chapter of Excellence, the highest chapter award recognized by the National Honor Society. Chapter awards were presented at the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi Biennial Convention held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis.
Only 27 chapters out of more than 300 across the United States earned this honor. A chapter must meet high standards set by the association in areas such as officer training, awards, campus events, service projects, membership, publicity, communications and grant applications to become a Chapter of Excellence.
Dr. Chris Hill, chapter secretary and associate professor of English, accepted the award at the convention. Dr. Elaine Harriss, professor of music, was chapter president for 2013-14, and Dr. Stephanie Kolitsch, professor of mathematics, is chapter president for 2014-15.
The UT Martin chapter was founded in 1971 and is the society’s 127th chapter. To foster outstanding scholarship, the chapter annually sponsors two faculty lectures, honors outstanding freshmen and sophomores with certificates of recognition, and presents a Phi Kappa Phi scholarship award to the top senior. The chapter also nominates one student for a national Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship.
PHOTO CAPTION – UT Martin’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was recognized as a Chapter of Excellence at the 2014 Convention of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Chapter awards were presented at the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi Biennial Convention held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis. Pictured are (l to r) Dr. Elaine Harriss, 2013-14 president, Dr. Chris Hill, 2013-2015 secretary, and Dr. Stephanie Kolitsch, 2014-15 president.