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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi At USC Upstate Inducts 45 Students

05- 05- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Forty-five students at the University of South Carolina Upstate were recently inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. (see full listing of students by hometown below).

Phi Kappa Phi 2“The purpose of Phi Kappa Phi is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others,” said Dr. George Williams, assistant professor of English and president of Chapter 289 Phi Kappa Phi at USC Upstate. “That we have inducted 45 students this year speaks highly of the quality of our students and their dedication to academic success.”

In addition to Williams, other board members for Chapter 289 include Vice President Laura B. Bannan, instructor of biology; Secretary Karen Swetland, reference coordinator of the library; Treasurer Holle Schneider-Ricks, assistant dean of the library; and Grants & Scholarships Coordinator Chris Bender, associate professor of chemistry.

The organization inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni annually from more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors.

Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated into the ranks of Phi Kappa Phi. More than 120,000 members maintain their active status in Phi Kappa Phi, which affords them numerous benefits associated with dues-paying membership, including access to more than $800,000 in annual awards and scholarships. Phi Kappa Phi has awarded more than $12.7 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi New Inductees:

  • Thomas R. Adams, Jr., a senior majoring in accounting
  • Patricia Suzanne Amatriain, a junior majoring in nursing
  • Alice Austin, a senior majoring in English
  • Deanna J. Barabas, a senior majoring in business administration
  • Stephanie Kristina Beach, a junior majoring in nursing
  • Matthew Brooks Bertino, a junior majoring in business administration   
  • Christa Ra'chael Bowers, a senior majoring in mathematics
  • Ashley Victoria Brown, a junior majoring in history
  • Michelle Ann Bublitz, a senior majoring in nursing                         
  • Kayla Jai Calomese, a senior majoring in psychology
  • Angela M. Carnell, a senior majoring in nursing   
  • Naomi Ecklund, a senior majoring in accounting
  • Laura Michelle Fowler, a senior majoring in nursing                               
  • Sirui Gao, a senior majoring in business administration                          
  • Joshua Devon Geddings, a senior majoring in special education
  • Nzinga Liza Geter, a junior majoring in biology
  • Derek Lee Griffith, a senior majoring in biology
  • Deborah Ann Gould, a senior majoring in engineering technology management
  • Justin Greene, a senior majoring in business administration                    
  • Chelsea Harrison, a junior majoring in early childhood education
  • Kelly M. Henry, a senior majoring in biology
  • Ashley D. Howard, a junior majoring in nursing
  • Sanjana Iddyadinesh, a senior majoring in biology
  • Rebecca Elise Kilby, a junior majoring in history                            
  • Jonathan David Kimmel, a senior majoring in business/economics         
  • Emily Kudeviz, a junior majoring in English
  • Caroline Elise Lee, a senior majoring in early childhood education 
  • Elaine Howard Lipscomb, a senior majoring in nursing                                
  • Debby Lynne Pearson Menge, a senior majoring in history
  • Andrea L. Miller, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies
  • Vandene Miller, a junior majoring in biology                                  
  • Leon A. McDowell, III, a senior majoring in computer science
  • Daniel A. Owen, a senior majoring in communications
  • Katie J. Pace, a junior majoring in early childhood education
  • Kelly J. Pace, a junior majoring in nursing
  • Steven Thomas Peacock, a senior majoring in middle school education
  • Roslyn Dianna Leslie Perry, a junior majoring in nursing                        
  • Sidney Caroline Ritts, a junior majoring in nursing
  • Richard J. Thomas, a senior majoring in business management
  • Alice P. M. Valdetaro, a senior majoring in communications and psychology
  • Corey Gordon Waldrop, a senior majoring in business administration
  • Ericka Hollie Webb, a senior majoring in nursing 
  • Shannon Leigh Webster, a senior majoring in business administration
  • Lynn White, a senior majoring in business administration
  • Ann Ruth Williams, a senior majoring in nursing