The Florida Tech chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi welcomed 98 new members with an initiation ceremony April 19 at Gleason Performing Arts Center.
The new initiates included College of Engineering and Science dean John Harris and College of Aviation dean John Deaton as well as several additional faculty members. The bulk of the initiates were students.
“It is my pleasure to congratulate each and every one of our initiates,” Interim President Robert King said from the stage. “You are joining a remarkable and proud tradition. This is the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society.”
PKP acceptance is based on superior scholarship and sound character, professor Michael Splitt, president of the Florida Tech PKP chapter, said in opening remarks.
“Today we celebrate excellence. We are pleased and proud that each person has chosen to become a part of a century-old community of scholars and professionals that includes individuals who have distinguished themselves in positions of leadership in careers that have been characterized by achievement,” he said.
PKP members have served the White House and Congress and on the U.S. Supreme Court, Splitt said. They have won Nobel Prizes and Pulitzer Prizes. Florida Tech chapter members have made their own marks around the world, with members in every state but Wyoming and dozens of countries, including Australia, Japan, Ireland, Norway, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
The Florida Tech chapter was chartered in 2009 with 14 members. It has grown to include more than 2,770 now, not including 2023’s initiates.
Here they are:
Florida Tech PKP faculty and professional staff initiates
Florida Tech PKP student member initiates
Lucy Devin McCaig
Diana Garcia Bustamante
Amanda Rose Newton