FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 21, 2010
Contact: Vickie Bogan
MUW PKP chapter recognized twice as Chapter of Merit
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Mississippi University for Women chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has been recognized for two consecutive years as a Chapter of Merit by the national Phi Kappa Phi organization. The MUW PKP chapter received this award for its continued compliance with the society’s criteria of excellence.
As a recipient of the award, the MUW PKP chapter received $100, a letter of recommendation from the society’s president, is authorized to use a special PKP seal on its documents and will receive special recognition on the PKP website.
The MUW chapter, which was chartered in 1955, is continuously recognized as a committed organization that meets regularly, has annual initiations and seeks out Phi Kappa Phi’s specialized scholarships, grants and fellowship, according to Dr. Dorothy Berglund, president and sponsor.
Current and past officers who have contributed to the success of the MUW chapter include Vice President George Pinchuk, assistant professor of biology; Past President Dr. Michelle Harmon, professor in the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology; President-Elect Dr. Richard Holden, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Sciences; Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Wright, administrative assistant in the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology; MUW students Brandon Newsome and Lacey Denton and Joy Richardson, a recent graduate.
Berglund added, “I am especially grateful to Ms. Cheryl Wright, who made sure that our paperwork was submitted to PKP headquarters in the correct format and on time. As well, I would like to thank our student vice presidents, who not only helped contact initiates, but who also helped, along with Dr. Pinchuk (also our scholarship officer), our fellowship nominee complete her materials correctly and on time.”
Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The invitation-only honor society is the nation’s oldest and largest.
For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, call 1-800-804-9880 or visit www.phikappaphi.org.