MELBOURNE, FLA.—In April, Florida Institute of Technology held its third initiation ceremonies for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. A chapter was approved for the university in fall 2008.
Initiate and graduating senior Cristina Mazzone was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar’s Award. The award, which comes with $1,000, recognizes an outstanding new chapter member. It is given for academic achievement, campus and community leadership and the stated plans of the initiate.
Student inductees numbered 198. The following faculty and staff members were also inducted: William W. Arrasmith, Marc Baarmand, S. Ann Becker, Debra S. Blenis, Cheryl A. Davis, Carolyn Peeples Farrior, Dona Gaynor, Robert O. Ghiotto, J. Carey Gleason, Julia E. Grimwade, Joni Francis Oglesby, Korhan Oyman, Stevie Lee Pursell, Yahya I. Sharaf-Eldeen, Wes Sumner and Manolis M. Tomadakis. Additionally, Faculty Emeritus Andrew W. Revay Jr. was inducted as were alumni Robert L. Phebus, Kenneth Paul Revay and Daniel Eugene Williams.
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, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than one million members into its ranks, which comprise the best and brightest professionals and scholars from all academic disciplines.
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.