MURRAY, Ky. — The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Murray State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter. 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 67 chapters this year, including 26 with the Silver distinction. Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters on more than 325 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines.
“Phi Kappa Phi is proud to recognize these chapters with the Circle of Excellence award. Our chapters are the lifeblood of our Society and we are delighted to celebrate their success,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.
The Circle of Excellence Silver honor is given to chapters who scored a 90-94 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Silver distinction, the Murray State 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.
“On behalf of the chapter officers, we are truly excited to have received this designation,” said chapter president Dr. Melony Shemberger. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked diligently to promote a love of learning and serving on campus.”
Chapters achieving the Circle of Excellence Silver 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
• a $100 cash award
To learn more about the Circle of Excellence program, please visit www.phikappaphi.org/2021Excellence.