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Students Initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hannah Breaux   
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:39

BATON ROUGE, LA (04/17/2013)(readMedia)-- The following local students recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

The following 17 students were granted an achievement for being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi:

Michael Bales, Jr. of Clinton (52732)

Vicki Crosthwaite of Bettendorf (52722)

Mackenzie Gray of Blue Grass (52726)

Clint Heitz of Davenport (52806)

Myra Eystad of Davenport (52807)

Kathy Sidlinger of Le Claire (52753)

Wendy Orman of LeClaire (52753)

Kacy Kelly of Coal Valley (61240)

Leah Quintana of East Moline (61244)

Anne Hayes of East Moline (61244)

Kayla Ulfig of Milan (61264)

Christian Myers of Moline (61265)

Valerie Hays of Moline (61265)

Laura Vandermyde of Morrison (61270)

Andrey Mojica of Rock Island (61201)

Luke Circello of Rock Island (61201)

Onnica Marquez of Sterling (61081)

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. 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 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." For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

 
Michael Bales Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eastern Kentucky University Public Relations   
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:25

RICHMOND, KY (04/17/2013)(readMedia)-- Michael Bales of Clinton, majoring in Occupational Safety, is one of 85 Eastern Kentucky University juniors, seniors and graduate students who were inducted into the EKU chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during a special ceremony on April 5.

Bales is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, Baylor University head women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson, writer John Grisham and Netscape founder James Barksdale. The Society has awarded approximately $11.5 million in fellowships and scholarships since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $800,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. 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."

 
Joseph Rives Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hannah Breaux   
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:24

BATON ROUGE, LA (04/17/2013)(readMedia)-- The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Joseph Rives of Moline, Ill., was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi--the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines--at Western Illinois University.

Rives is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its 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."

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

 
New law requires secondary school students receive Tdap booster PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lenore Alonso   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:37

 
Senate Democrats set to put Iowa on a pathway to no new money for schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:31

(DES MOINES) – Senate Democrats appear to be walking away from their own demand for a 4 percent increase in state aid in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, setting schools up to potentially receive no increase in state aid over the next two years.

With their apparent lack of willingness to embrace true reform in conference committee, Senate Democrats are poised to block the governor’s reform efforts, thereby putting in jeopardy their own funding demands for Iowa’s schools.

“It appears that Senate Democrats are so opposed to fundamental, achievement-based reform they are willing to walk away from their own funding demand, and it is clearly putting us on a pathway to no new money for schools over the next two years,” said Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht.

“For two decades, we have put more money ahead of real reforms,” continued Albrecht. “For two decades, our student achievement has gone from best in the nation to middle of the pack. Governor Branstad and House Republicans are committed to breaking that cycle, and have offered a very generous spending package in order to achieve these reforms, allowing everyone to claim a great victory. Unfortunately, if Senate Democrats continue to oppose these achievement-based reforms, the only losers in this will be Iowa parents and their schoolchildren.”

 

To highlight Senate Democrats’ demands for new funding, which the governor and House Republicans have accommodated, the governor’s office released the following video:

 
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