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Muskingum installs chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, national academic honor society, first students inducted at April 26 ceremony

The Board of Directors for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has granted Muskingum's application for a chapter of the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. That chapter was installed at a ceremony held April 26 on the campus, and its first members were inducted.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi initiates approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni each year and has chapters at more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

"This is an important milestone for the college and a very visible symbol of the educational excellence that has characterized this college for more than 170 years,” said Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele.

"Adding this chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to Muskingum validates the exceptional quality of its students,” said Dr. Paul Reichardt, Muskingum College’s vice president for academic affairs.

Members of the chartering team were Professor of Music Dr. Joyce Alesandrini, Professor of History Dr. Robert Burk, Associate Professor of Business Margaret Burk, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Mary Beth Caudill, Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. David Craft, Associate Professor of Business Gary Golden, Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Rick Hydell, Associate Professor of French Dr. Jean Morris, Professor of Religion Dr. Rick Nutt; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Scott Pray; Associate Professor of English Dr. Jane Varley, Registrar Dan Wilson, Gregory Wilson and Clyta Young.

Dr. Rick Shale, vice president of the North Central Region of Phi Kappa Phi and professor of English at Youngtown State University, was present to install the new chapter.