Member Profiles


Tiffany Wilhelm

What is your major?
Secondary Mathematics Education

What kind of career do you hope to pursue after graduating from McKendree University?
I hope to find a middle school or high school teaching position in a nearby community school.

Describe your tapping experience.
I was sitting in Complex Variables when my professor, Dr. Alewine, walked in dressed in his full gown. He read a statement explaining the requirements to receive this honor. Afterward, I was asked to step out into the hallway and was formally presented with the invitation to join Phi Kappa Phi. It was topped off with handshakes from all the tappers and a hug from my professor. I remember how proud he was of me and this made the experience so much more meaningful.

How did you feel when you became a member of Phi Kappa Phi?
I was greatly honored to become a member. It was honestly one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career because I know how prestigious this society is. It was always my goal to become a member and I was proud of myself for all of the work and dedication that it took to accomplish this goal.


Lauren Jones

What is your major?
Elementary Education with English Minor

What kind of career do you hope to pursue after graduating from McKendree University?
Upon graduating from McKendree University, I plan to pursue a career as a classroom teacher where I will pass on a love of learning and share the values of working as a community.

Describe your tapping experience.
Being tapped by Phi Kappa Phi members is an unforgettable experience. I remember sitting in class and four members of the honor society entered. As they singled out my name, they also spoke to the class about the prestigious honor I was being awarded. After the announcement, they welcomed me to join them in the hall where they formally presented my invitation to join Phi Kappa Phi. It's a wonderful experience to be recognized for my academic achievements and to be warmly welcomed into such a distinctive organization.

How did you feel when you became a member of Phi Kappa Phi?
I feel very honored to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi. I am happy to be part of an honor society whose mission to spread a love of learning is equal to my own. To be recognized at such a high academic level is very rewarding.


Christine BahrDr. Christine Bahr

What is your major?

My major WAS special education, many years ago.

Describe your tapping experience.
I was tapped during a meeting of the President’s Group. It was during my first year here at McKendree so it added to my feeling of welcome from this community.

How did you feel when you became a member of Phi Kappa Phi?

I felt honored. It is good to be recognized for my achievements and to be in the company of so many other talented people.


Hannah McDowell

What is your major?
My major is Elementary Education with a specialization in music and a middle school endorsement.

What kind of career do you hope to pursue after graduating from McKendree University?
I hope to become either an elementary music teacher or a general classroom elementary teacher. I would like to teach any grade between 1st and 4th grades. I also plan on giving private piano lessons.

Describe your tapping experience.
One morning in March, I was tapped during my Earth Science class. Mary Frances Daylor, the nurse, and a professor came into the classroom and asked my professor if they could make an announcement on my behalf. They announced my nomination for induction into Phi Kappa Phi, and then the class applauded for me. I was scared at first because I did not know why they were making an announcement about me or what Phi Kappa Phi was. After the announcement, they took me out into the hallway and gave me a letter of information regarding Phi Kappa Phi and the induction process. I felt very honored and surprised! I was excited to be nominated for such a prestigious society.

How did you feel when you became a member of Phi Kappa Phi?

When I became a member of Phi Kappa Phi, I felt very honored and humbled. I give all of the credit to God for helping me obtain academic success throughout my education, and I was humbled that He brought me to such an elite society. 


Marsha GoddardMarsha Goddard

What is your major?
I received both my bachelors (English and History-‘93) and my masters (English-Teaching of Writing-‘95) from SIUE. (Yes, I was a non-traditional student. I didn’t start my bachelors until I was 36, but finished it in 6 years with the masters in 2 years.)

Describe your tapping experience.

I was inducted into PKP at SIU-E when I was an undergraduate. I transferred my membership from SIUE to McKendree when I started here. I don’t remember exactly when I transferred my membership, but it was probably 2005