More than 30 Cameron University students have met the rigorous requirements to join Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5 percent of juniors.
Students were inducted during a recent initiation ceremony. In addition to the student honorees, Dr. Carie Schneider, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages, and Lisa Restivo, CU Distance Learning coordinator, were inducted as faculty members.
Two special honors were presented during the initiation ceremony. Col. Joselito Lim, a 1997 Cameron graduate, was recognized as the chapter’s Distinguished Alumna for 2023. A member of the U.S. Army, Lim is chief of staff and deputy commander for administration at Fort Bragg. Dr. John Morris, professor in the Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages, was named the chapter’s Distinguished Faculty Member for 2023.
Students who were initiated and who authorized publication of their names are listed by hometown:
Cache: Kinsey Black, Juan Reyes
Cement: Jefferey Warden
Comanche: Scott Smith
Duncan: Alyssa Cox, Felica Ruiz
Elgin: Jadance Black, Scotlyn Koehler, Alexandra Moya, Jennifer Smith
Fletcher: Heather Heinz
Frederick: Makenna Hill
Kansas City, Kan.: LaKya Leslie
Lawton/Fort Sill: Christopher Argyros, Anthony Austin, Ja’Taia Burnett, Hope Cunningham, Nga Dao, Jana Hapka, Hannah Hively, Alyssa Jackson, Brent Jenkins, Courtney Marcham, Natalie Martin, Bailey McFadden, Preston Meek, Brittney Payette, Alexis Rodriguez, Alex Young
Ratliff City: Drew Martin
Riegelsville, Pa.: Rachel Vanderlely
Stillwater: Nelson Smith
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has more than 280 chapters worldwide. The Cameron University chapter was established in 1975 and is one of only five in Oklahoma. CU is the only regional university in the state with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter.