UOG installed in nation’s most selective all-discipline honor society
The University of Guam became the 354th chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi this past Wednesday. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society recognizing academic excellence.
The installation of the University of Guam chapter comes after a thorough petitioning process, site visit, and approval from the society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the society.
“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome the University of Guam to its community of scholars,” said Mary Todd, the society’s executive director. “The university’s mission — to enlighten, to discover, to serve — reflects UOG’s strong emphasis on the transmission of both indigenous and global knowledge as well as its deep commitment to the needs of its region.”
UOG administrators and faculty elected by the chartering group to serve as officers
of the newly installed chapter are:
• President: Troy McVey, Vice Provost for Academic Excellence, Graduate Studies and Online Learning
• President-elect: Christopher Garcia, Assistant Professor of English
• Treasurer: Margaret Hattori-Uchima, Dean of the School of Health
• Secretary: Monique Storie, Dean of University Libraries
• Membership Secretary: Arline Leon Guerrero, Senior Student Academic Counselor
Joining the officers in making up UOG’s chapter will be the top students at the university. The officers will be sending out invitations to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students as well as to faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
Phi Kappa Phi members, which number more than 1.5 million since the society’s founding, have served in the White House, U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court and have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and numerous other national and international awards for service and achievement in their chosen fields.
Founded by Marcus L. Urann in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The society’s mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."
Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated. Today, the society has chapters on more than 300 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts approximately 30,000 new members each year.
Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley.
Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.