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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced last week that it has approved a new chapter at Texas State.

phi kappa phi w merc - 350Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest all-discipline honor society in the nation. It claims 100,000 active members, 30,000 initiations per year and a list of one million members since its creation in 1897. Among them are former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley.

Phi Kappa Phi membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Texas State will join more than 300 Phi Kappa Phi chapters in North America and the Philippines.

“The commitment to excellence at Texas State University is evidenced by the university’s superior academic environment, highly motivated student population, strong honors college presence, and exceptional faculty and staff,” said Society President Diane G. Smathers. “We are confident Texas State’s commitment to recognizing and honoring academic excellence will benefit both the university and Phi Kappa Phi, and we look forward to developing a strong working relationship with the chapter.”

Said Eugene Bourgeois, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Texas State, “We are honored that the Board of Directors of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi has approved a chapter for Texas State University, allowing Texas State to join the select colleges and universities with chapters. It is an endorsement of the culture of academic excellence at Texas State.”

Universities approved for Phi Kappa Phi chapters meet a variety of standards, including a demonstrated reputation of academic excellence, a diverse offering of degree programs in liberal and applied disciplines, and an exemplary commitment to scholarship among other requirements.

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