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.
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.