Angelo State University’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) national honor society has been recognized as a 2022-23 Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the national PKP organization.
The ASU chapter is one of only 70 chapters recognized by the PKP Circle of Excellence program for 2022-23, and is one of only 23 to be awarded the Platinum Chapter designation. There are currently about 325 PKP chapters on select college campuses in the U.S., its territories and the Philippines. This marks the third straight year ASU’s chapter has earned a Platinum Chapter award.
“Our chapters and officers are the foundation of Phi Kappa Phi,” said Dr. Bradley Newcomer, PKP executive director and CEO. “We are proud to recognize and celebrate the chapters that exemplify our mission through the Circle of Excellence Awards.”
The Platinum Chapter honor is given to chapters that scored a perfect 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Platinum Chapter designation, the ASU chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that holds annual initiations, upholds the society bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities, and submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.
“We are honored to receive this Platinum designation for our chapter,” said Dr. Tia Agan, ASU chapter president. “The national office of Phi Kappa Phi has been so supportive of our efforts to recognize the top scholars at Angelo State, and our chapter officers are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Phi Kappa Phi. I am so proud to serve as chapter president and grateful for this wonderful award that honors our university and highlights our amazing chapter.”
Chapters achieving the Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter distinction receive:
- A commendation letter from the PKP national office
- Special recognition on the national PKP website and social media
- A specially-designed logo for use in chapter communications
- A $300 cash award
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10% of seniors and graduate students and top 7.5% of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.
ASU inducts new students to its PKP chapter toward the end of each fall and spring semester, including 123 students inducted in 2022.