Education students invited to join honor society

(Above: Students and faculty gather every year for the annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference.)

AUGUSTA, GA. – Fourteen GRU College of Education students have been invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective interdisciplinary honor society.

 Katie Anderson (M.A.T.); Whitley Arrowood (M.A.T.); Kimberley Banta (M.Ed., Counselor Education); Turner Davis (M.S., Kinesiology); Sarah Garber (M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction); Emily Graham (M.A.T.); Melissa Hall (M.Ed., Counselor Education); Daniel Horgan (M.Ed., Counselor Education); Felina McCoy (M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction); Sierra Nealey (M.Ed., Special Education); Chloe Prestifilippo (M.A.T.); Barbara Rhodes (M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction); Kayla Rightmyer (M.A.T.) and Gilbert Samuelson (Ed.S., Curriculum & Instruction) were all received formal invitations to join the organization.

Kaitlyn Kurowski (Ed.S., Curriculum & Instruction); Jessica Mae Goodwin (B.S.Ed., Early Childhood Education); Charmane Marie Maloney Joiner (B.S.Ed., Early Childhood Education); Emily P. Usry (B.S.Ed., Special Education); Randi Brandon (M.A.T.); Thomas Palma DeGennaro (M.Ed., Educational Leadership);  Annie Laurie Hinds (M.A.T.) and Eleanor Harison Taylor (M.Ed., Teacher Leadership) were inducted at the Spring 2015 ceremony.

“We see this as a tremendous opportunity for them to be acknowledged for their significant scholarly accomplishments. We need more celebrations of real merit-based achievement in these times of the “Trophy Culture” where everyone’s a winner for just showing up,” said Dr. Kevin Frazier, Vice Dean of the College of Dental Medicine at GRU and GRU PKP chapter president.

Standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to GRU’s top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors, graduate students and faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Membership is open across all disciplines and offers resume enhancement, networking opportunities, virtual continuing educational opportunities, member discounts and access to annual grants and awards for education, research and academic travel. The GRU group also sponsors the annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference.

Those students who accept the invitation will be honored during the induction ceremony and reception on Friday, Dec. 11.

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