The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi At USC Upstate Inducts 75

May 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Spartanburg, S.C. – Seventy-three students and two faculty members at the University of South Carolina Upstate were recently inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. (see full listing of inductees by hometown below).

“The purpose of Phi Kappa Phi is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others,” said Laura Bannan, instructor of biology and president of Chapter 289 Phi Kappa Phi at USC Upstate. “That we have inducted 73 students this year speaks highly of the quality of our students and their dedication to academic success.”

In addition to Bannan, other board members for Chapter 289 include President-Elect Shannon Polchow, assistant professor of Spanish; Vice President David Coberly, assistant professor of Spanish; Treasurer Susan Hodge, senior director of community engagement; Secretary Karen Swetland, reference coordinator of the Library; Scholarships & Awards Coordinator Chris Bender, associate professor of chemistry; and Past-President and Publicity Carol Loar, associate professor of history. Student Vice-Presidents include Angelina Agnese Khoury and Daniel West Cooper.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and it is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines – a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.  Phi Kappa Phi’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.”

Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors.  Potential members must be an outstanding student of sound character, enrolled at a college or university with a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may be eligible for membership.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi New Inductees:

Anderson, SC

Kelsey La’Deirdre Rice

Arima, Trinidad & Tobago

Maurice Michael Beggs

Blacksburg, SC

Erin Melissa Helms

Boiling Springs, SC

Kellen Danielle Azzara and Jocelyn A. Kuh

Buffalo, SC

Tara Lee Putnam

Chesnee, SC

Veronika Pavlovna Belous and Brett Michaud

Cowpens, SC

David Lee Scruggs

Duncan, SC

Linda Alice Prince

Fort Mill, SC

Chalmers Rogers and Ashley Amanda Wilson

Fountain Inn, SC

Jonathan Edwin Collins and Travis Andrew Suttles

Gaffney, SC

Casey Morrow Fowler

Greenville, SC

Nadine Doris Carmack, Jennifer Marie Chapman, Gayle Ann Hardin, Brittany Parkhurst, Katie HC Poindexter, and Norma Angelica Valladares-Smith

Greer, SC

Brittany Letticia Evans, Ronald F. Geoghegan, Jessica Taylor Jones, Eric Eugene Jones, and Jatia Shaquala Smith

Hartsville, SC

Gabrielle Yaesmean Garner

Heath Springs, SC

Monica Bowers

Inman, SC

Amanda Jo Garland, Angela M. Gilbert, Noemi Guerrero, Jennifer Denise Landers and * Lynette Anne Hamlin (faculty)

Mauldin, SC

Douglas R. Glenn and James Kevin Lindsey II

Newland, NC

Kimberly Dawn Pitman

Oberkirch, Germany

Timo Foerster

Pacolet, SC

Lauren Blackwell and Zackery Dennis Cooper

Pauline, SC

Briana Lea Bennett

Pickens, SC

Erin Nicole Hunter

Shelby Township, MI

Alyssa R. Roegner

Simpsonville, SC

Keith M. Daye, Sr., Amir Modarres, and Deana L. Polly

Spartanburg, SC

Tiffany M. Brannon, Andreas Christou, Wayne A. Fairow, Jr., Amanda Lee Jett, January Latasha Jones, Harrison Jay Kaplan, Melissa Jean Lanier, William A. Lowder, Jr., Mohammad Ali Malik, Jeremy Scott Metz, Lindsay Berry Moore, Rashmad Armand Morgan, Rachel Elizabeth Owens, Kelsie Lauren Queen, Philipp Kolya Soppa, Bobbi Jo Wilson, Aaron Winters, Katherine Ann Workman, Chris Wucherer, *Lisa B. Caggiano (staff), and *Deryle F. Hope (faculty)

St. Louis, MO

Megan Healey

Taylors, SC 

Katie Marie Gizzi and Jessica Lynn Taylor

Toronto, Canada

Jennifer Lamonica

Union, SC

Kristin Edwards, Lisa Marie Neal, and John T. Spiers

Wellford, SC

Angela Lynn Ayers and Samantha Burman