The Penn State Chapter of the national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, held its annual initiation on Sunday, March 24. The honor society has been housed at the EMS Energy Institute for the last 11 years. Sharon Falcone Miller, Senior Research Associate at the Institute, is the current president, a position that she has held since 2006.
Although managed from the EMS Energy Institute, The Phi Kappa Phi Chapter is open to students in all majors across all of Penn State’s campuses. The Chapter elects members from only the top 7.5 percent of the junior class and top 10 percent of the graduating class at Penn State. This year the Chapter initiated 313 new members. Of that group around 80 were able to attend Sunday’s ceremony to receive recognition. Students at the ceremony were addressed by guest speaker Edgar Farmer, Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, College of Education, Penn State.
Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest all discipline honor society at Penn State established in 1900. In 1900, the presidents of the University of Maine, the Pennsylvania State College (now the Pennsylvania State University), and the University of Tennessee pledged their support; and the society thus became national, with three chapters. Currently there are over 300 chapters of Phi Kappa Phi.
Student leaders of Phi Kappa Phi include vice presidents Rodney Hughes, doctorate student, College of Education and Bridget Dougherty, undergraduate student, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.