McKendree Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Inducts New Members

McKendree University Chapter 292 of Phi Kappa Phi installed a total of 73 new members at two recent ceremonies. Students from the Louisville and Radcliff, Ky., campuses were inducted on April 14 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville, Ky. The tenth initiation ceremony for students at the Lebanon, Ill., campus was held on April 19 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. The events were part of Honors Day, which recognizes outstanding student achievement throughout the university community.

The 2013-14 Phi Kappa Phi officers are Dr. Nichole DeWall, president; Dr. Robb Van Putte, president-elect; Gail Hollis, treasurer; and Marsha Goddard, secretary. Samantha Crandall, of Trenton, and Anne Nikola, of O’Fallon, were installed as student vice presidents of the chapter.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Individual membership is by invitation and requires nomination and chapter approval. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, board members and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Each year, approximately 34,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the society from college and university campuses throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

McKendree’s 2013 Phi Kappa Phi inductees at all campuses are:

Juniors: Samantha Crandall, Trenton, Ill.; Aniko Crossley, Belleville, Ill.; Alexandria Cunningham, St. Jacob, Ill.; Kathyrn Davenport, Collinsville, Ill.; Meghan Dohogne, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Lauren Ewart, Troy, Ill.; Amy Ford, Trenton, Ill.; Austin Heller, Swansea, Ill.; Janel Housley, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Timothy Kelly, New Baden, Ill.; Mary McKee, Chrisman, Ill.; Cacia Meeks, Vienna, Ill.; Anne Nikola, O'Fallon, Ill.; Rebekah Scher, Fairview Heights, Ill.; Bradley Spotanski, Troy, Ill.; Michele Steele, Salem, Ill.; Timothy Carver, Vine Grove, Ky.; Kenneth Sallee, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Justin Smith, Louisville, Ky.

Seniors: Carl Dyer, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Shannon Fuehne, New Baden, Ill.; Elizabeth Gentry, Carterville, Ill.; Rhonda Klickner, Herrin, Ill.; Brenna Olroyd, Carlinville, Ill.; John Reynolds, Jr., West Frankfort, Ill.; Shelley Scher, Belleville, Ill.: Jennifer Soemisch, New Baden, Ill.; Jessy Mathews, Louisville, Ky.; Ronnie McCormack, Vine Grove, Ky.; Patty McMahan, Hodgenville, Ky.; Debra Mudd, Louisville, Ky.; Geri Sasser, Crestwood, Ky.; Rebecca Singer, Louisville, Ky.; Julia Smith, Louisville, Ky.; Charles Tomberlin, Rineyville, Ky.; David Vice, Rineyville, Ky.

Graduate Students: Jeffrey Bink, Herrin, Ill.; Kimberlee Gillespie, Shelbyville, Ky.; Ruth Holmes, Belleville, Ill.; Jeffrey Michalke, Belleville, Ill.; Rhonda Neuhaus, Gorham, Ill.; Kimberly Omelson, Fairview Heights, Ill.; Amy Piontek, Freeburg, Ill.; Elena Pruitt, Carmi, Ill.; Marita Williams, Salem, Ill.; Theresa Riley, Louisville, Ky.; Miguel Rivera, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Jamie Simpson, Louisville, Ky.

Alumni: Tamera Patterson, Goreville, Ill.

Staff: Christian Blome, Scottsburg, Ind.; Charles Brueggemann, Lebanon, Ill.; Kristi Connelly, Troy, Ill.