March 2, 2020 at 1:45pm
Dane Lisser

Millikin scholars rewarded for academic excellence

Millikin University's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inducted 24 new members during an initiation ceremony on Feb. 23, 2020, in the University Commons on Millikin's campus.

The faculty and staff initiates included:

Dr. Denice Love, associate professor of education

Matthew Olsen, assistant professor, instructional services coordinator and research & instruction librarian at Staley Library

Millikin Phi Kappa Phi

The 22 student inductees included:

Brad R. Austin, a senior accounting major from Oreana, Ill.

Nicole A. Casler, a senior studio art major from Mundelein, Ill.

Valeria Isabel Chavez Roncal, a senior music performance-instrumental major from Moorhead, Minn.

Gabrielle Coulthard, a junior elementary education major from Mount Horeb, Wis.

Mitchell Cremer, a senior accounting major from Decatur, Ill.

Korbin Farmer, a senior philosophy major from Columbia, Ill.

Taylor Anne George, a senior elementary education major from Decatur

Hannah Kay Gruen, a senior elementary education major from Mount Zion, Ill.

Juliana Guaglianone, a senior chemistry major from Decatur

Hannah Shae Haedike, a senior theatre major from Weldon Spring, Mo.

Greta Jacobson, a junior chemistry major from Ellendale, Minn.

Breanna Johnson, a junior elementary education major from Decatur

Shelby Lynn Jones, a senior social science secondary teaching major from Cottage Hills, Ill.

Samantha Kannan, a senior organizational leadership major from Champaign, Ill.

Marissa Lindsey King, a junior elementary education major from Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Mikayla Krieger, a senior business management and digital media marketing double major major from Mount Zion

Emily Luna, a junior music major from Villa Park, Ill.

Evan Daniel Lucas Miller, a senior elementary education major from Springfield, Ill.

Max Phillips, a junior chemistry major from Salem, Ill.

Amanda Pohrte, a senior theatre major from Mokena, Ill.

Jessica Stevens, a senior nursing major from Urbana, Ill.

Makenzie Vinson, a senior health, fitness and recreation major from Penfield, Ill.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society's mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. Its chapters are on more than 300 college and university campuses.

During the ceremony, chapter president Paul Lidy '02, dean of campus life, said, "Our mission states clearly who we are and what we do: to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Millikin's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, established in 1950, invites the top students, as well as a limited number of faculty, staff and alumni to join the chapter each year.

Phi Kappa Phi

To become a member of Phi Kappa Phi, senior undergraduates shall be in the upper 10 percent of their class in each college or division. Juniors are drawn from the upper 7.5 percent of their class. Graduate and professional students who have completed one full year of study and are in the upper 10 percent of all candidates for graduate or professional degrees are also eligible for membership. Faculty, administrators, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction, service and leadership also qualify for membership.

"Phi Kappa Phi's standards are unsurpassed and second to none," Lidy added. "We seek to reward excellence wherever it can be identified. We are pleased and proud of the initiates and what they have achieved."

Every two years the honor society as a whole gives away over more than $1 million to outstanding students, members and chapters. Those inducted into Phi Kappa Phi are qualified for annual grants and awards.