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TWU’s Phi Kappa Phi recognized as 2013 Chapter of Excellence


Phi Kappa Phi photo

Photo credit: Shannon Drawe
Shown are, from left: TWU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Past President Dr. Lynn Akin, Student Vice Presidents Kelly Fisher and Jenna Easterling, Chapter President Dr. Terry Senne and Student Vice President Wendy Chong. 

DENTON — For the second consecutive year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has named the Texas Woman’s University chapter as one of 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.

“This is a tremendous honor for TWU and our chapter members,” said TWU Chapter President Dr. Terry A. Senne, director of academic assessment for the university. “We remain committed to excellence as scholars and as a chapter. I am thrilled and honored that the Society recognizes our efforts. The TWU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will strive to achieve the Chapter of Excellence recognition annually, and we challenge all other chapters to do the same.”

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 Excellence in 2012 and a Chapter of Merit in 2011, 2010 and 2009.

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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page updated 10/2/2014 10:58 AM