Chapter News

Chapter News

Freshmen Awards

Every fall semester we honor sophomores who attained the highest grade point averages as freshmen. The event is celebrated with a special ceremony, certificate, and congratulations from university faculty and administrators

Each academic year the Bloomsburg University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes outstanding students and faculty through the Freshmen Awards, Fellowship Program, Student Initiation, and Faculty Initiation. We also engage in various chapter initiatives as described below.

Spring Banquet and Initiation Ceremony

As described below, it is at the spring banquet we honor our new student initiates, our student Fellowship Nominee, and our faculty initiates.

Student Initiates

Admission to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter in accordance with the bylaws of both the chapter and the national society. Both require superior scholarship and good character as criteria for membership. Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary society or fraternity. Membership is earned; it is a true honor. Meeting Phi Kappa Phi criteria signifies excellence which, in turn, signifies distinction. Graduate and undergraduate members, because of their outstanding records, often are preferred candidates for grants, scholarships and fellowships. Each spring Bloomsburg University's Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi welcomes into membership those undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled in academic achievement and character. The criteria and limits observed in electing persons to membership are determined by each individual chapter, but always within the framework of the National Society’s bylaws. Graduate students are selected for invitation by criteria determined by the faculty in their programs. Senior-status students must, at a minimum, be in the top 10% of their college, and second-semester juniors must, at a minimum, be in the top 7.5% of their college.

Fellowship Program

The Phi Kappa Phi Foundation was incorporated in 1969 to promote academic excellence and achievement by means of scholarships and fellowships. To support first-year graduate work, the Society offers Fellowships and Awards of Excellence, on a competitive basis, to graduating students who have been initiated into the Society and who also have been nominated by their chapters for the competition. Every February, the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi nominates an outstanding senior for one of the national society’s sixty Fellowships, each of which carries an award of up to $5000, or one of forty Awards of Excellence of up to $2000. All Phi Kappa Phi scholars planning to pursue first-year graduate work are encouraged to apply for these awards. To apply, please contact Dr. Cindy Surmacz at 389-4132 or surmacz@bloomu.edu. The Bloomsburg Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes nominees at its annual Spring Initiation Ceremony. Each nominee receives a Lifetime Membership from the National Office. The chapter also presents a monetary award to each nominee.

Faculty Initiates

While some faculty members arrive on Bloomsburg University campus as members of Phi Kappa Phi, others may not have had that opportunity. Colleges and universities are not automatically granted the privilege of local chapter status. Just as with personal members, institutions must be invited to join Phi Kappa Phi as well. At Bloomsburg University faculty initiates are nominated and elected by their peers.

Chapter Initiatives: The Community of Scholars in Service to Others

Over the past few years, Chapter 202 has established two children's libraries. The libraries at the Women's Center of Columbia-Montour County and the Danville Ronald McDonald House were created, in part, through separate Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants.