Education Honor Society Welcomes 39 New Initiates

Kappa Delta Pi at McKendree University

Lebanon, Ill. — The Chi Mu Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education initiated and pinned 39 new members on April 7 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts.

The society inducts only those who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity of service, and commitment to excellence in teaching and allied professions. Founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois, Kappa Delta Pi is the largest honor society in education, representing 572 chapters and more than 45,000 active members.

“By accepting membership into KDP, we are able to recognize undergraduate and graduate candidates for scholarly achievements and dedication to the education profession,” noted Dr. Timothy Richards, associate professor of education and chapter counselor. The local chapter was established in 1997 and includes university President James Dennis and Men’s Basketball Coach Harry Statham as charter members.

The Chi Mu chapter officers are Jennifer Stroot of O’Fallon, president; Kirsten Ratermann of Breese, vice-president; Catherine Ponce of Edwardsville, secretary; Ciara Laubscher of Brighton, treasurer; Abigail Baker of Lebanon, membership chair; Michelle Hensley of Hazelwood, Mo., historian; and Autumn Twardowski of Herod, communications chair.

Education professors who participated in the ceremony were: School of Education Chair Dr. Janet Wicker and Drs. Darryn Diuguid, Brenda Doll, George Fero, Bethany Hill-Anderson, Jennifer Hope, Karee Orellana and Julie Tonsing-Meyer. Dr. Christine Bahr, provost and dean, congratulated the new initiates with Drs. Doll and Wicker.

McKendree University’s Chi Mu Chapter, Kappa Delta Pi new inductees, listed by their hometown, are: Jamie Steward, Alhambra, Ill.; Jacqueline Goebel and Michelle Haake, Aviston, Ill.; Lindsay Winkeler, Bartelso, Ill.; Ashley Lehr, Taylor Maus, Christina Roedl, Laura Shevlin, Gail Slane, Jennifer Warren and Janelle Wright, Belleville, Ill.; John Pulliam, Benton, Ill.; Lasha Baker, Bethalto, Ill.; Trina Hermsmeyer and Nicholas Rahar, Breese, Ill.; Megan Crowell and Martha Ikner, Carbondale, Ill.; Mary Norton, Champaign, Ill.; Kristina Paisley, Columbia, Ill.; Anthony Funderburg, Freeburg, Ill.; Keri Ousley, Granite City, Ill.; Molly Hayes, Highland, Ill.; Jessica Ford, Sarah Garcia and Zachary Weber, Lebanon, Ill.; Diane Chalberg, Samantha Fussell, Ronald Helf, Deborah Houston, Byron Keller, Krenda Lowry, Nicholas Ricucci, Anna Rogers and Andrea Saenz, O’Fallon, Ill.; Timothy Klein, Staunton, Ill.; Alan Boerngen, Trenton, Ill.; Deborah Metzger, Waterloo, Ill.; Desiree Gillis, Wilmore, Ky.; and Alexander Rheinbolt, Fitchburg, Mass.


Photo of Kappa Delta Pi Initiation 2014
Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society 2014 Initiation and Pinning Ceremony at McKendree University