Michele Papakie, chairwoman and associate professor of
Journalism and Public Relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, represented the institution’s chapter of the
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective
collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—at the 44th Biennial
Convention held July 28 to 30, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Papakie currently serves as president of the IUP chapter and attended
the convention as the chapter’s voting delegate.
The convention brought together more than 300 attendees,
including chapter officers, board members, headquarters staff, and guests from
across the nation.
The two-day event featured a keynote address from Buck
Goldstein, co-author of Engines
of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century, and
a plenary address from leadership specialist Lou Heckler.
Other highlights included a panel of three provosts discussing
issues impacting higher education, presentation of the Society’s $100,000
Excellence in Innovation Award, regional meetings, chapter development
trainings, and elections for the 2016–18 board of directors and regional vice
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the
nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic
disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and
universities in North America and the Philippines.
IUP’s Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
chapter received Chapter of Excellence recognition by the national Phi Kappa
Phi organization for five consecutive years. This honor recognizes chapters
that promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage
the community of scholars in service.
By receiving the Chapter of Excellence
distinction, the IUP chapter is recognized for meeting frequently, holding
annual initiations, and applying frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select scholarships,
grants, and fellowships.
To be invited for membership, students
must be in the top 7.5 percent of their class if they are juniors or the top 10
percent if they are seniors or graduate students. Faculty and professional
staff members and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.
The chapter at IUP was founded in 1993.
Since that time, several IUP students have received competitive Phi Kappa Phi
scholarships, including a 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein
Fellow Award, national fellowships for graduate study, study abroad
scholarships, and Love of Learning awards.