PLYMOUTH — At an April 13 ceremony honoring the “best of the best,” Plymouth State University inducted 51 students into Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are all at the top of their respective majors in grade average, according to PKP advisor Dr. Annette Holba.
“Our inductees have made great achievements with their academic studies and their commitment to the institution,” Holba said. “They are all exceptional — they are top, top students.”
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, herself a PKP member, noted there are more than a million members of Phi Kappa Phi with an impressive list of achievements.
“Phi Kappa Phi is an extraordinary organization,” Steen said. “Phi Kappa Phi members have served in the White House, in Congress, and on the Supreme Court; they’ve won Nobel and Pulitzer prizes and many other national and international awards. Students, we are so proud of you. This is an honor you carry forward with you.”
Keynote speaker Dr. Mark Fischler, chair of PSU’s Criminal Justice department and 2013 PKP Faculty inductee, urged the inductees to commit to a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and self-examination to help humanity. He said three lessons he has learned will help them achieve a deeper and more meaningful existence.
“Happiness doesn’t come from things; it’s important to cultivate love and gratitude in your life; and always give 100 percent,” said Fischler. “You are here to begin the journey of learning of who you really are, because if you are grounded then you won’t be swayed by public opinion and fads about what one ought to do — you’ll already know and understand your place. The world doesn’t need another brick in the walls; it needs thoughtful, aware beings like you.”
Phi Kappa Phi’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”
PSU Professor Dr. Clarissa Uttley, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies, was the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi Faculty inductee.