I want welcome you to the nation's oldest and largest honor society. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is more than one hundred years old. As a multi-disciplinary honor society, students from every major, striving for academic excellence can also strive for initiation into Phi Kappa Phi. Our California State University, Stanislaus Chapter 282 was chartered in 1999 and has been active ever since. I was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi as a senior, studying Human Biology and Chemistry at California State University, Sacramento in 1984. I began my career teaching in what is now the Department of Kinesiology in 1993 and was very excited to be a part of the founding charter membership of Phi Kappa Phi. In the year that our charter was granted, we were one of just three universities out of more than 60 thatapplied. It was a very lengthy and thorough screening process.
We have a very active chapter and have a few signature annual events. Beginning in 2008 we began partnering with the University Housing at their annual Halloween Gala, where we have given books to children from the community. On average, we have collected and then distributed 250 books per year from our Spooktacular Boooook Drive. We have also been present at Preview Day open house events for the University. In the week culminating in our annual spring initiation ceremony, we host a variety of Phi Kappa Phi Week activities, open to the entire campus community. There are many ways to be involved in Phi Kappa Phi.
I invite you to peruse the pages of our chapter web site to learn about the criteria for initiation, the student, staff, and faculty members, some of the activities we have presented and supported, and the scholarship opportunities available to members. Our chapter offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships and supports members in their applications for the "Love of Learning Awards," "Literacy Grants," "Study Abroad Grants," and "Graduate Fellowships" offered by the National Office of Phi Kappa Phi. We have sent delegates to each National Convention since our chapter's inception and have also sent officers to Cluster Meetings and Partnering For Success Meetings in years between conventions. Student Vice Presidents have also represented our chapter at meetings in Las Vegas and Baton Rouge. In 2010, we were awarded the Chapter of Merit, a distinction awarded to only 10% of the chapters. You can view the plaque in a display case in the second floor of the Library Building. We are as strong as the sum of our parts, the membership of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. In all that we do, we keep our society motto first and foremost, "Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity." I am honored to serve as your President. Find out more about how you can be involved!
Janice L. Herring, M.S. Exercise Science
Lecturer, Department of Kinesiology
President, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, CSU Stanislaus Chapter 282