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April 14, 2008

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UT Tyler Receives Phi Kappa Phi Chapter

The board of directors for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi unanimously approved UT Tyler’s petition for a chapter, Dr. Richard Osburn, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Each year approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the society. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

“This chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is a welcome and prestigious addition to the academic life of our university not only for its celebration of our best academic efforts but also through its service of scholarship. Members of the chartering group, led by Dr. Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy, associate provost, have elected the chapter officers and are now developing a program of activities, including the installation and initiation ceremony,” Osburn said.

The ceremony will be 4:30 p.m. April 17 in the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library, room 401.

“The commitment to excellence at The University of Texas at Tyler is evident in the number of scholarships available to students, in the number of high quality undergraduate and graduate students, and in the amount and types of faculty scholarship. All of us at Phi Kappa Phi are excited about the addition of the new UT Tyler chapter and look forward to developing a strong working relationship with the chapter,” said Dr. Robert Rogow, society president.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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