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LUKE SETTLES, SIUE PHI KAPPA PHI Chapter 203 Student, Awarded PKP National Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to PKP member Luke Settles.  Luke graduated this May with dual degrees in Applied Mathematics and Spanish.  He was a Meridian Scholar, a member of the Honors program, and an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Assistant, completed a summer internship at the NASA Glenn Research Center, and is the recipient of numerous awards.  Luke was our local chapter’s Graduate Fellowship award winner, and as such, his materials were forwarded to the national PKP office for consideration for a National Graduate Fellowship.  I’m thrilled to report that Luke was chosen as one of only 51 PKP members across the nation to receive a National Graduate Fellowship!  Luke will be attending the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s graduate program this fall.  Once again congratulations, Luke!    

SIUE PHI KAPPA PHI Chapter 203 Wins Book Drive Competition Prize

Phi Kappa Phi held its annual Book Drive Competition between February 1 and April 30, 2015. Each chapter was asked to collect as many books as possible to donate to an organization of the chapter’s choosing. The chapters that collected the most books received a “Little Free Library” to place at a location of their choice as well as $150 to cover the design cost for personalizing the library.          

Our chapter collected 2873 new and gently used children’s books from the SIUE and Edwardsville communities for the children of Head Start.  We among the top three chapters and won a Little Free Library.  So what is a Little Free Library you ask? It is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

Little Free Library

Congratulations and THANKS to all who participated!

Welcome PHI KAPPA PHI Chapter 203

The primary objective of the national Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. The Society is convinced that in recognizing and honoring those persons of good character who have excelled in scholarship, in whatever field, it will stimulate others to strive for excellence. Moreover, the Society serves the interests of the student capable of excellence by insisting that in order to acquire a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, an institution provide the means and atmosphere conducive to academic excellence.

History of Phi Kappa Phi

In 1897 a group of 10 students at the University of Maine, who perceived a need for an honor society on broader lines than any then in existence, was assisted by interested professors to organize the Lambda Sigma Eta Society. A year or so later the name was changed to the Morrill Society, in honor of the sponsor of the Congressional Act which provided for land-grant colleges. In 1900 it was transformed into a national society by action of a committee composed of the presidents of the University of Maine, the University of Tennessee, and Pennsylvania State College (now The Pennsylvania State University). The chapters in these institutions are the founding chapters. The Society was renamed Phi Kappa Phi, from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophia Krateito Photon, roughly translated as "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters in institutions from Maine to the Philippines and from Alaska to Puerto Rico.

The history of the Society has been recorded in two volumes, In Pursuit of Excellence: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1897-1971 by Edward Schriver and Making Heroes of Scholars: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1971-1983 by Neal O'Steen.

The Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Southern Illinois University is Chapter 203, founded in May, 1978.

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