The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — has recognized Stanislaus State’s chapter as a Circle of Excellence Gold Chapter, the second-highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization.
The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in operations and that demonstrate sustainability and vitality. Since Stanislaus State Chapter 282 was chartered in 1999, it has inducted more than 1,800 members.
"We're so grateful the Society recognizes the dedication of this chapter's members and honors the labor of the leadership team,” said chapter president and Professor of English Scott Davis. “We intend to use this award directly to support student success at Stanislaus State.”
By receiving the Gold Chapter distinction, Stan State’s Phi Kappa Phi 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.
Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.
The Circle of Excellence program was introduced in 2018, and this year the program recognized 20 chapters with the Gold distinction. Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines.
“Our chapters and officers are the foundation of Phi Kappa Phi,” said Society Executive Director and CEO Bradley R. Newcomer. “We are proud to recognize and celebrate the chapters that exemplify our mission through the Circle of Excellence Awards.”
Stan State’s chapter has received special recognition from the Society on three different occasions, including the Chapter of Merit in 2014, Chapter of Excellence in 2015, and Gold Circle of Excellence award in 2019.