Fraternities and Honor Societies
McKendree University’s academic fraternities and honor societies have embraced the long standing mission of maintaining academic excellence and leadership. Students who have earned the opportunity to join these prestigious organizations increase their career potential with an ever expanding network of fellow hardworking and dedicated members.
National Honorary Theater Fraternity
Advisor: Michelle Magnussen
Alpha Psi Omega is the national honorary theater fraternity. McKendree’s Alpha Theta cast is one of the oldest in the country. The fraternity exists to honor students who have contributed to the theater program at McKendree and to foster an awareness and appreciation of theater in all McKendree students. Students earn points towards induction by participating in productions as actors or technical crew.
Alpha Kappa Delta
International Sociology Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Melissa Barfield
Iota Tau Alpha
Athletic Training Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Dawn Hankins
Kappa Delta Pi
Education Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Timothy Richards, Dr. Bethany-Hill Anderson
An education honor society primarily intended for students interested in the teaching profession.
Kappa Kappa Psi
National Honorary Band Fraternity
Advisor: David Boggs
Lambda Pi Eta
Speech Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Betsy Gordon
A speech honor society primarily intended for students interested in speech and communication.
Nursing Honor Society
Nursing Honor Society has student, alumni and faculty membership. The society recognizes superior achievement and the development of leadership qualities, fosters high professional standards, encourages creative work, and strengthens commitment to the ideals and purposes of the nursing profession.
Phi Alpha Theta
History Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Irwin Halfond
Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society, promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
Business Service Club (PBL)
Advisor: Dr. Rick Bonsall
Phi Beta Lambda is an organization of students interested in various aspects of business. Any student who is taking business courses or who is a business major can be a member. The club has organized speakers on campus, field trips, social events, competitions, and public service activities.
First-Year Student Honor Society
Co-advisors: Dr. Ann Collins and Ms. Jenni Miller
Phi Eta Sigma, the nation's oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines, encourages and rewards academic excellence. The motto of the organization is "Knowledge is Power."
Advisor: Dr. Robb Van Putte
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor
society. Phi Kappa Phi differs from most other honor societies because it draws its
members from all academic disciplines and represents the best and brightest from the
community of scholars. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval
by the local Phi Kappa Phi chapter.
Pi Gamma Mu
Social Sciences Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. JL Kemp
Pi Gamma Mu is the international social science honor society. The society recognizes good scholarship and promotes excellence by enriching service projects, publications, a scholarship program, and guest lecture grants to chapters.
Pi Kappa Delta
Debate Honor Society
Advisor: Joe Blasdel
Pi Kappa Delta is national forensics (public speaking and debate) honor society for
undergraduate university students and a professional organization for graduates, typically
university speech and debate coaches.
Political Science Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Ann Collins
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. The society recognizes academic excellence and promotes engagement, lifelong learning, and responsible citizenship by bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics.
Psychology Honor Society
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology. It is open to junior and senior psychology majors who rank in the top third of their class and have completed at least 9 hours in Psychology. Psi Chi was founded in 1929 to provide academic recognition to students and to nurture the spark of that accomplishment. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychology Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
Sigma Beta Delta
Business Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Jean Sampson
Sigma Beta Delta is an honor society for students pursuing a baccalaureate or master's degree in business, management, or administration.
Sigma Tau Delta
English Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Martha Patterson
Sigma Ta Delta is the international English honor society. Its purposes are to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies; to promote interest in literature and the English language on local campuses and their surrounding communities; and to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.
Science Honor Society
Advisor: Dr. Robb VanPutte
Sigma Zeta is the national honorary science society which encourages and fosters the attainment of greater knowledge in the fields of science, mathematics, and computer science.
National Computing and Information Disciplines Honor Society
Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the national honor society for computing and information disciplines
which encourages contributions to the enhancement of knowledge.