(Oct. 18, 2011) -- The board of directors of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi unanimously approved The University of Texas at San Antonio's petition for a chapter at its fall meeting in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, Sept. 23.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Each year, approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni are initiated into the Society. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses nationwide. UTSA will become chapter 317.
"Phi Kappa Phi is synonymous with academic excellence, and we are honored to join the ranks of universities that host a chapter," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "This is an important step forward for our community as we build a Tier One research university."
Phi Kappa Phi's South Central Region representative David Silva, who attended a site visit to UTSA earlier this month, said, "I was most impressed by how far UT San Antonio has developed in its short history, not only in terms of its enrollment, but more importantly in terms of the quality of its academic offerings. The community should be extremely proud of this important academic resource."
John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Charlin Jones, assistant director of the UTSA Special Events Center, were instrumental in bringing Phi Kappa Phi to the university and will work with national society volunteer leaders and staff members to coordinate next steps: determining the chapter's initial leadership, providing chapter training, creating chapter bylaws and organizing the installation ceremony.
About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The society has chapters at 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.
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, writer John Grisham, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, opera singer Renee Fleming, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, novelist David Baldacci, journalist and broadcaster Deborah Norville, Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry Rita Dove and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley.
The society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $700,000 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."
For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, call 800-804-9880.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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