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April 10, 2009

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UT Tyler Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Inducts 60 New Members

The University of Texas at Tyler inducted 60 new members, including 20 faculty and professional staff and 40 students, into its chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Dr. M. Sathyamoorthy, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and chapter president, announced.

The induction ceremony was April 8 in the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library.

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

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. 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.

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.

UT Tyler faculty and staff inductees are Dr. W. Clayton Allen, Dr. Jill Elizabeth Blondin, Dr. Rita L. Dobbs, Virginia Fender, Dr. Mary Fischer, Dr. William Geiger, Dr. Peggy Gill, Dr. Genie Bingham Linn, Dr. Paula K. Lundberg-Love, Dr. Pamela Martin, Dr. Scott Marzilli, Dr. Dona Smith Packer, Dr. Victor Scherb, Dr. Jim L. Tarter, Dr. Tanya Shtoyko, Dr. Eric L. Stocks, Dr. Suzanne Thomas, Dr. Gayle Varnell, Dr. Alisa White and Dr. Barbara Ross Wooldridge.

Student inductees by hometown are:

AUSTIN – Kerrie Anne Ambort and Michelle Renee Muenzler.

BEN WHEELER – Lisa Page.

BREMOND – Jacob Charles Burnett.

FAIRFIELD – Jeremy Daniel McLeod.

FLINT – Samuel Kevin Fowler.

GEORGETOWN – Megan Elisabeth Epke.

GLADEWATER – Amanda Bird.

HENDERSON – Staci Lauren Curry.

LEAGUE CITY – Donald E. Hodges.

LINDALE – Jennifer Lynn Salsgiver.

LONGVIEW – Nancy Araceli Palencia.

MOUNT STERLING – Courtney E. Kunkel.

NACOGDOCHES – Michelle Pack Klein.

SAN ANTONIO – Erika Janett Chapa.

SCHULENBURG – Beth Launius.

SULPHUR SPRINGS – Hailey Lynn Watson.

TOMBALL – Meredith Elise Houston.

TYLER –Chelsea Maxine Allums, Angela Apilado, Julia Basurto, Jeremiah Eli Crow, Rachel Michell Diaz, Ursula Patricia Diaz Lopez, Janice L. Fierbaugh, Rebecca Fleming, Eloise Jenny Ghrist, Shelia Starrett Jones, Shannon Leigh Kemp, Melissa Ann McGraw, Carrie Anne Miller, Jay G. Nelson, Shirley Petkovich, Amanda Marie Ritchie, Kayla Danielle Shannon, Christi L. Taylor, Mallory Deann Vannatta, Veronica Viesca and Ashley Williams.

VERNON – Brad Alan Fenter.

Other officers for 2008-09 are Dr. Brenda Gilliam, president-elect; Dr. Paul Streufert, secretary; Dr. Jeffrey Lancaster, treasurer; Suzanne Brians, public relations; and Tracy Wyckoff O’Daniel, student vice president.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 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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