Cameron University students, faculty members and alumni were inducted into the university's Chi Eta Sigma chapter of Phi Kappa Phi at a ceremony held in mid-April. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Inductees are expected to attain superior scholarship in all academic disciplines, promote intellectual life and the academic prestige of the university and promote the elements of character that would stimulate others to pursue excellence.
Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation's oldest and largest all-discipline honor society, with more than 280 chapters worldwide. CU's Chi Eta Sigma chapter was established in 1975. Cameron is the only regional university in Oklahoma with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter.
Alumna Ruth A. Jones, who graduated in 1989 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and earned a Master's of Education in 1995, was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. A fourth grade teacher, she is the 2008/2009 Teacher of the Year at Coronado Heights Elementary School in Oklahoma City.
Faculty members selected for membership in 2009 include Cathy Blackman, Assistant Professor, Library; Dr. Roy Couch, Assistant Professor, Music; Dr. Dennis Frisby, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences; and Dr. Su Ho Lee, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice & Sociology.
Students selected for membership are listed by hometown:
Altus: Marianne J. Nagy
Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis: Kimberly J. Crawford
Cache: Michael S. Doyle, Christi M. Ellis, Douglas W. Maki
Chattanooga: Megan L. Mefford
Cleveland, OH: Paula M. Simpson
Comanche: Jeremy J. Newton
Duncan: Kaleigh D. Carter, Karon J. Hawkins, Marrik R. Wooten
Elgin: DeAnn G. Mabry, Anita L. West
Fletcher: John A. Chappell
Frederick: Laura E. Cowan
Grandfield: William Kyle Bolton
Gros Islet, St. Lucia: Kenona H. Southwell
Indiahoma: Lisa D. Neugebauer
Jhonge City, Taiwan: En-Hai Lee
Lawton: Lauren Bennett, Andrea Boston, Elizabeth Bryan, Nadine C. Cambron, Alex J. Castro, James L. Chester, Jason A. Cobb, Alexis N. DelCiello, Candace Easterly, Claudia L. Ewing, Megan E. Foster, Keri D. Franz, Lorrie M. French, David T. Gregory, Christine A. Hanna, Margaret A. Hanna, Dana L. Hatcher, Christopher L. Helton, Shawn D. Irwin, Rhonda W. Kennedy, Katherine F. Kinsey, Axel Y. Llavet, Jessica A. Milliman, Chelsea E. Robertson, Dawn E. Shilling, Kay L. Specht, Linda K. Staats, Lindsay M. Wagstaff, Marisa L. White, Chad A. Wilson
Moore: Caitlyn M. Riedmann
Nawalparasi, Nepal: Samata Prawah
Parsons Village, St. Kitts & Nevis: Kishma P. Gumbs
Rosbach, Germany: Tobias Kuhn
Salvador-Bahia, Brazil: Ibirajara Vidal
View-Fort, St. Lucia: Jeriah JnCharles, Miah JnCharles
Waurika: Jenna L. Boren, Melody Tyler
Whitesboro, TX: Jorie Palmer
Wichita Falls, TX: Joshan Hung
April 30, 2009