Penn State women's basketball program head coach Coquese Washington speaks to the Phi Kappa Phi crowd
Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Penn State Chapter of the national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, held its annual initiation on Sunday, April 12. The honor society has been housed at the EMS Energy Institute for the last 9 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 302 new members. Of that group, around 201 were able to attend Sunday’s ceremony to receive recognition. Students at the ceremony were addressed by guest speaker Coquese Washington, head coach of the Penn State women's basketball program.

The traditions of Phi Kappa Phi at Penn State are long-standing; as Penn State joined the Universities of Maine and Tennessee in 1900 to establish the society as a national society. Penn State University became the third chapter of the society. Phi Kappa Phi holds the distinction of being the oldest honorary society that recognizes excellence in all recognized branches of academic endeavor at Penn State University.