Spring 2011 Initiation and Awards Ceremony

The Spring 2011 Initiation and Awards Ceremony of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was held on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in the Student Center Ballroom. One hundred and six junior students, 71 graduating seniors, 9 professional students, and 38 graduate students were initiated. In addition, the Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates Award, the Phi Kappa Phi Current-Garcia Award in the Humanities, and the Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Senior Scholar Awards were presented.

Bisgaard, Link, StevensonThe Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates Award is presented annually to outstanding junior students at Auburn University. This award is named in memory of the mother of Mr. S. Blake Yates, a long-time member of the Auburn chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Criteria for selection include scholarship, activities, and character. The nominated students must have completed a minimum of 61 earned hours by the end of Fall semester 2010 and have a minimum grade point average of 3.69. The 2011 recipients are Erika K. Bisgaard (pictured in middle) of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, Melissa K. Link (pictured on left) of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and Rebecca Curry Stevenson (pictured on right) of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

The Phi Kappa Phi Current-Garcia Award in the Humanities is presented annually to the outstanding senior student in Humanities at Auburn University with a minimum grade point average of 3.69. Criteria for this award are scholarship, activities, and character. Graduates for Summer 2010, Fall 2010, and Spring 2011 were eligible. The 2011 winner of the Garcia Award is Sydnee E. Doolittle of the College of Liberal Arts.

The Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Senior Scholar for 2011 is Linnea C. M. Pepper of the College of Sciences and Mathematics. This award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior student at Auburn University. The criteria include scholarship, activities, and character and a minimum grade point average of 3.69. Graduates of Summer 2010, Fall 2010, and Spring 2011 were eligible.

Officers of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for 2010-2011 are President Paul Harris, Faculty Vice President Susan Hubbard, Graduate Student Vice President Melissa Sylvester, Secretary Pat Deery, Vice President for Membership Susan Bannon, Vice President for Finance Marcie Smith, Vice President for Communication Jane Teel, Chapter Marshall Jennifer Harris, and Immediate Past President Davis Martin, Jr.

Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. It promotes the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education; recognized outstanding achievement by students, faculty, and others through election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement; and engages the community of scholars in service to others.

The Auburn University chapter was established in 1914 and initiates more than 400 members annually. Membership is open to qualified scholars with integrity and high ethical standards from all academic disciplines.

Culpepper Holladay
Phi Kappa Phi President Paul Harris with Darius Culpepper (senior, political science) Phi Kappa Phi President Paul Harris with Jordan Holladay (junior, public relations)