The Fall Luncheon is one of two opportunities during the academic year for members of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Truman State to talk about and decide matters important to the chapter. The setting is informal and friendly, including lunch and good conversation. At the fall luncheon, the committees that arrange various aspects of the chapter’s ongoing responsibilities are announced and volunteers to serve on those committees are requested. The fall luncheon precedes the fall gathering as a prelude to that important ceremony.
Each year, two student members of Phi Kappa Phi serve on Truman State University’s Educator of the Year Selection Committee. The Educator of the Year award is an annual award “for teachers, by students,” and recognizes the achievements of outstanding educators at Truman.
The Spring Luncheon is the second opportunity during the academic year for members of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Truman State to discuss and decide matters important to the chapter. Its format is like that of the Fall Luncheon. The most important aspect of this meeting is that the Executive Committee presents the slate of officers (previously contacted), and the slate of students, faculty, and staff nominated for membership for the approval of the whole chapter. It precedes the most important event of the academic year for our campus’s chapter, the Spring Initiation Ceremony.
The Spring Initiation Ceremony is that event in which those students, faculty, and staff invited to join the Phi Kappa Phi chapter of Truman State University are inducted into the chapter. Juniors in the top 7.5% of their class and seniors in the top 10% of their class are invited to join Phi Kappa Phi. Those who accept this invitation, as well as those faculty and staff invited who accept the invitation, are formally inducted into the chapter. The Spring ceremony features a keynote speaker who addresses a topic relevant to our society and our world, reflecting the range and breadth of liberal arts learning. This event is often a highlight for graduating seniors. It is a time when their hard work and achievements during the Truman career can be recognized. Following the ceremony, new members, old members, and guests meet and converse informally over refreshments. In addition, the chapter recognizes an outstanding Kirksville High School senior at this event.
Among other annual activities, the chapter also donates $200.00 annually towards books to the Adair County Library, and provides support for theMagee/Korslund/Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a Truman State University junior who is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.