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TWU’s Phi Kappa Phi recognized as Chapter of Excellence


DENTON — The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently recognized the Texas Woman’s University chapter as one of only 19 Chapters of Excellence in the U.S.

According to the society, the Chapter of Excellence award is given to only a few chapters that comply with the society’s national standards and demonstrate an active commitment to excellence. The society has more than 300 chapters at colleges and universities in the U.S.

By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, TWU’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter is being recognized as a thriving organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and applies often for Phi Kappa Phi’s select scholarships, grants and fellowships.

“Being acknowledged as a Chapter of Excellence continues the TWU tradition of supporting students in their pursuit of academic success,” said Dr. Lynn Akin, TWU Phi Kappa Phi chapter president and associate professor of library science. “This award also recognizes our students, who compete nationally to receive Phi Kappa Phi fellowships and scholarships.”

In recent years, TWU members have received the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship, including Sarah Adams in 2012, Rae Lynn McFarlin in 2010, Rachel Zimmerman in 2009 and Shaina Porter in 2006. TWU students also have received the organization’s Award of Excellence scholarship.

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence distinction receive:

• a $500 award to use for student scholarships,
• a commendation letter from the society sent to chapter officers and campus administrators,
• a special recognition on the society’s website and publications,
• a specially designed logo for use in chapter communications, and
• recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals.

The TWU chapter also was named a Chapter of Merit in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. For more information, visit

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