2015 Spring Reception

To conclude the Student Research Conference today at Truman, Phi Kappa Phi held an afternoon reception. Chapter members were recognized for their efforts either as student researchers or as faculty research mentors.

Three new faculty/staff members were inducted, including Janet Blohm-Pultz of the McNair Program, Meg Edwards of the Political Science department, and Kathy Otero of the Accounting department. Truman alumna Bridget Morton was also inducted. Bridget is a 1982 graduate of the university and is, among other things, an active adviser to Truman’s Delta Zeta sorority chapter.

Officers for the 2015-2016 academic year were installed as well. New officers include student vice presidents for service Megan O’Brien and Olivia Lanser, student vice president for history Ramolla Shah, treasurer Jack Winstead, and president Jack Holcomb.

Program Part 2

ΦΚΦ Donates $300 to Local Library


Since 1998, the Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Truman has supported literacy efforts through regular donations to the Adair County Public Library. Megan O’Brien, Student Vice President for Service, recently presented library director Glenda Hunt with a check for $300 to help support media acquisitions and library operations.

Nationally, Phi Kappa Phi endeavors to promote literacy through a wide variety of member projects. Members can even apply for ΦΚΦ literacy grants to sponsor projects in their communities. Learn more online at http://bit.ly/1DFtTLT.

Donate This Week to Support Novinger Christmas Baskets

Please donate staple food items this week to help with the Novinger Christmas Basket project! You can bring your donation to the SUB Office, located just off The Hub on the main floor of the Student Union.

Food BasketPhi Kappa Phi partners with Novinger each year to help engage their students in the idea of post-secondary education. Novinger is a town of 450 people just west of Kirksville. The K-12 Adair County R-I School serves Novinger and the surrounding community. The school has 250 students and faces a number of financial concerns common to small, rural districts in Missouri. Phi Kappa Phi works with the eighth grade class to help them envision a personal future in higher education. Showing goodwill with the Christmas Basket Project is a great way to start that effort with a new class each year. The baskets go to help feed needy families in the area.

Be sure to swing by the SUB Office this week with your “staple food item” donation. Thank you!

Truman Chapter Recognized Nationally as a “Chapter of Excellence”

Chapter of Excellence

In October, chapter president Shirley McKamie was notified by the national office for Phi Kappa Phi that Truman was selected as a Chapter of Excellence for efforts in the 2013-2014 academic year. Chapters are evaluated on their efforts to promote membership, foster a love of learning in their community, and develop new strategies within the organization. This year’s selection is possible for many reasons, including continued work to get children excited for higher education and the selection of a former member for a Phi Kappa Phi fellowship.

The national office recently had a piece run in the Truman Today highlighting this achievement. The Truman name will also be featured on the national Phi Kappa Phi site this year. In addition to the recognition, the chapter was awarded a prize of $500 from the national office.

The chapter looks forward to its continued efforts this year, hopefully resulting in additional recognition by the national office.

33 Truman Students Inducted as New Members of Phi Kappa Phi

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, 33 students became the newest members of our chapter. The event began with a reception and refreshments at 2:30. The event featured music by Taylor Jokerst, a Society member.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Susan Thomas, Truman’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Dr. Thomas titled her keynote “Be a Bulldog and a Cat!” She encouraged all the high achieving students to take risks and climb to high places, even if there is a chance they might fall. The trick is always landing on your feet and having the courage to climb again.

This year’s inductees include: Ian Ramon Abundis, Eric Balsman, Derek Benjamin, Amanda Chua, Zane DeZeeuw, Breanne Durovic, Laurie R. Hall, Lester Dominick Hubble, Clara Elizabeth Hughes, Brian Steven Jacob, Julia Judlin, Shelby Kane, Olivia Catherine Lanser, Kira Chatham, Connor Madden, Charlotte Merrigan, Megan O’Brien, Christian Alexander Scott Pierce, Anna Selle, Ramolaa Shah, Amanda E. Shreves, Ryan Staines, Rosalie Swingle, Kaytlin Tippin, Megan A. Todd, Rosemary Truman, Danielle Marie Vassallo, Charles R. Walde, Zachary Wenig, Ian Wohlstadter, Ashton Nicole Wolter, Lynnea D. Wootten, Bing Zheng.

Chapter Welcomes Local Students to Campus


The chapter continued its work this past spring with students in a local school district. The idea has been to help get middle school students on a college campus so they can begin to picture themselves being on one as college students in the future. This past year, under the leadership Vice President Diane Johnson, the chapter showed students a variety of campus activities and venues.

The students began with lunch in Missouri Hall, something that immediately received high praise as they enjoyed the all-you-can eat setup. Students got to see Cantoria practice. The group moved over to the Severns Theater where Professor Ron Rybkowski gave a demonstration on lighting. He showcased how science and art collide in costuming and lighting work. The students listened to a wind symphony rehearsal. After that, it was off to the herpetology lab where students got to handle many of the snakes, reptiles, and amphibians. They ended with a tour of the Student Recreation Center led by Director Sue Limestall. Sue is also a member of our chapter.

The project will continue this year under the leadership of Laura Bates, the chapter’s new Faculty/Staff Vice President for Service. This a great service opportunity for chapter members who enjoy service and/or are looking to go into education of any kind. If you’re looking to get involved, be sure to email Laura at lbates@truman.edu.

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Phi Kappa Phi Reception and Installation Ceremony


As we come to the close of another successful semester, we hope that ALL of our Student, Faculty, and Staff members will drop by the Phi Kappa Phi Reception from 4:30-5:30PM to meet and acknowledge our members who participated in the Student Research Conference (SRC) and then stay for a very brief Installation Ceremony for our 2014-2015 Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Officers.  Please see below the slate of candidates for faculty/staff officers; in lieu of an additional business meeting this spring, we invite you to send to our Chapter Secretary any comments you have regarding this slate.  Thank you, and we hope to see you on the 15th.

2014-2015 Chapter Officers Slate

President-Elect –Dr. Jack Holcomb, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence

Vice-President for Service-Laura Bates, Director of Student Involvement and Campus Activities

Secretary- Zac Burden, Missouri Hall Director

The Reception with refreshments will begin at 4:30 p.m. and short installation ceremony will occur from 5:00-5:15 p.m. in the Student Union Conference Room.

Chess tables on the quad


Baldwin Hall, Truman State University, 1938

If you have not already, soon you will be getting a request from the Faculty and Staff Campaign to make a donation to Truman’s foundation.  I would like to let you know about a special PKP project to which you can donate as part of this push.  We are fundraising to purchase and install two concrete chess tables and benches on the quad.  There are now no such tables for students to work at in this area and no permanently-installed chess tables anywhere on campus.  We will provide chess pieces and checker pieces for students to check out so they can take advantage of the game opportunity.

The cost of these tables will be approximately $2000.  Last year, as president of the local chapter, I contributed 10% of the cost, or $200.  Since then another $200 has been raised.  If eight others contribute $200, we will reach our goal in no time!  If 16 people contribute $100, we will have enough to install the tables.  Finally, if 32 people contribute $50 apiece we will be able to get the tables put up, perhaps in time for the fall freshmen check-in.  As with any other contribution to the Foundation, this will be tax deductible.

In order to have this money directed to the PKP tables, please indicate with your donation that it is to be directed to the “PKP Special Project” fund.