USA Phi Kappa Phi Named Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter

Posted on January 13, 2020
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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recently recognized the University of South Alabama chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization. The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in chapter operations and who demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

The Circle of Excellence program was introduced in 2018. The program recognized 108 chapters this year, including 32 with the Platinum distinction. Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

“The Circle of Honor program recognizes Phi Kappa Phi chapters that have gone above and beyond to promote academic excellence on their campuses,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.

The Circle of Excellence Platinum honor is given to chapters who scored a perfect 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Platinum distinction, the USA chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that holds annual initiations, upholds the society bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities and submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.

"It is a great honor for Phi Kappa Phi at the University of South Alabama to receive the Platinum Circle of Excellence Award. We are proud to be recognized for the enthusiastic commitment of our student, faculty and community members to academic excellence and the service mission of the organization to support literacy," said Ellen Burton Harrington, chapter president.

Chapters achieving the Circle of Excellence Platinum distinction receive:

  • a commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration.
  • special recognition on the Phi Kappa Phi website.
  • specially-designed logo for use in chapter communications.
  • choice of a $300 cash award or applicable event registration grant.

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