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April 29, 2008

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UT Tyler Phi Kappa Phi Inducts Charter Members

The University of Texas at Tyler Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society inducted 77 charter members, Dr. Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy, associate provost of academic affairs, announced.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.

“It is an honor for us to start this highly-regarded honor society at UT Tyler. We have outstanding students who excel academically, and we are proud to recognize them,” Sathyamoorthy said.

Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. It is a stamp of excellence that is recognized by graduate and professional school admissions committees and employers alike.

Administrative and faculty charter members include President Mabry, Barbara Bextine, Suzanne Brians, Dr. Donna Dickerson, Dr. Jim Ferguson, Dr. Brenda Gilliam, Dr. George Hamm, Dr. Linda Klotz, Dr. Jeffrey Lancaster, Gregg Lassen, Dr. John Miller, Dr. Richard Osburn, Sathyamoorthy, Dr. Karen Sloan, Merlyn Spain, Dr. Paul Streufert, Karen Twomey, Joe Vorsas and Dr. Mary Ellen Wright.

Officers for the chapter include Sathyamoorthy, president; Gilliam, president-elect; Streufert, secretary; Lancaster, treasurer; and Brians, public relations.

Student inductees by hometown are:

ATHENS – Chrispin Chifwepa and Nathan Wesley Guillory.

BARRY – Julie Angelia Arteaga.

BONHAM – Akasha Lynn Eaton.

BROWNSBORO – Lindsay Megan Owen.

BULLARD – Clinton D. Redfern.

CANTON – Charlene Fowler and Cindy Lou-Rae Rutledge.


CORSICANA – Debra Dawn Carter.

FLINT – Miki Saegusa Cornett and Janis LaRaye Hollenshead.

GREENVILLE – Nate Smith.

HALLSVILLE – Martha S. Canfield, Brenda Ann Murrell and William C. Murrell.

JACKSONVILLE – Tammy Lynn Barbey and Gregory Dennis Durant.

KILGORE – Kristin Dawn Hudgins and Danielle Christine Sellers.

LONGVIEW – John A. Delaune and Nancy Irene Lamouroux.

MABANK – Alanna Michelle Cobb and Seth Aaron Potts.

PALESTINE – Clayton Ben Barnett, Kathy Anne Drinning, Alana Deane Hogg, Nichol Elizabeth Hopkins, Kristopher Scott Rivera, Linda Sheridan and Tammy Alison Young.

TEAGUE – Pamela Joyce Minter.

TYLER – Matthew John Bledsoe, Eric Randal Buess, Jonathan Adam Canion,  Erin Alayne Clary, Jessica Sarah Cohen, Reuben James Cowan,  Chelsea Siobhan Dougherty, Alexis Nicole Fillmore, Miguel Angel Gaona, Jane L. Graham, Marissa Brooke Mason, Tiffney Denise Meza, Jennifer Ann Mitis, Kyle J. Monday, Tracy Wyckoff O’Daniel, Melissa Catherine Smith, Evan Strube, Laura Frances Strube, Carolyn Louise Wyatt and Nicole S. Youngblood.

VAN – Susan Lynn Savage.

WHITEHOUSE – Jamie Kristine Bitzenhofer, Hannah Halladay and Kimberli Ann Partin.

WINNSBORO – Jenny Lynn Woodle.

Phi Kappa Phi chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

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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