(March 23, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio chapter of Phi Kappa Phi inducted its first members and signed charter documents at an installation ceremony March 6 in the University Center Ballroom. UTSA became the 317th chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and is the nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.
Phi Kappa Phi regional representative David Silva presided over the charter signing and installation. Silva is vice provost for academic affairs and professor of linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington.
UTSA was approved to establish a chapter in September 2011. Each year, approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the society. 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 UTSA chapter's first initiates included some three dozen faculty and staff, as well as several graduating seniors, who were selected so they would be eligible to apply for Phi Kappa Phi's graduate fellowships. Students initiated at the March 6 ceremony were Elissa Dougherty (psychology), James R. Mayberry (biology) and Arrica Rose Ramos (criminal justice). The chapter will hold its first large-scale initiation ceremony for eligible students on May 3.
Faculty, administrative and staff initiates included President Ricardo Romo and Provost John Frederick, as well as C. Mauli Agrawal, James Chambers, Richard A. Diem, Bridget Drinka, Ann R. Eisenberg, Christopher G. Ellison, Lisa Firmin, Dorothy Flannagan, Marjie French, Daniel J. Gelo, Francis M. Hult, Amy E. Jasperson, Charlin R. Jones, Craig T. Jordan, Rebecca Luther, Krisellen Maloney, Betty M. Merchant, Lisa J. Montoya, John D. Murphy Jr., Taeg K. Nishimoto, Augustine S. Osman, George Perry, Rogelio Saenz, Mehdi Shadaram, Barbara G. Smith, Page A. Smith, Judy M. Teale, Andrew Tsin, Jude Valdez, Sandra T. Welch, Lawrence R. Williams, Terry L. Wilson, Floyd L. Wormley Jr. and Tammy J. Wyatt.
UTSA registrar Joe DeCristoforo was installed as founding president of the UTSA chapter. DeCristoforo was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 1974 as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida.
"It is a tremendous honor to serve in this position alongside the other distinguished officers within our chapter," said DeCristoforo. "I am also very grateful to our administration for their enthusiastic support throughout this process."
Other chapter officers are Floyd L. Wormley Jr., president elect; John Frederick, past president; Janakiram Seshu, secretary; Gail C. Pizzola, treasurer; Alan R. Shoho, vice president for alumni relations; Charlin R. Jones, vice president for initiations and traditions; Rebecca Luther, vice president for public relations; Eugene B. John, vice president for scholarships and awards; and Carlos Natividad-Licon, student vice president.
Additional charter members (based on prior membership in Phi Kappa Phi or other national honor societies) include Bernard P. Arulanandam, James Chambers, Alice J. DeCristoforo, Bridget Drinka, Christopher G. Ellison, Marcheta P. Evans, Peter L. Geenberg, Julius M. Gribou, Weldon W. Hammond, Daniel R. Hollas, Francis M. Hult, Amy E. Jasperson, Gage E. Paine, George Perry, Kevin S. Price, Francine S. Romero, Shannon J. Sauro, Corey S. Sparks, Andrew Tsin, Frank Walmsley, Judith A. Walmsley and Wayne E. Wright.
Through the month of February, the UTSA community is invited to join student organizations, colleges and departments at events that commemorate the African American people, places and events that have paved the way for racial equality.
The UTSA Department of English presents this year's Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Lawrence Venuti. Venuti is a professor of English at Temple University.
Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
Diploma Dash is a fast, certified 5k course for runners and a scenic route around Main Campus for walkers, strollers and dogs! There are individual and team prizes. Benefits UTSA students through the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship program.
UTSA Main Campus
Enjoy music, food and socializing during this fundraising event benefiting the San Antonio Symphony League for the Youth Concert Series and the ITC for its ongoing educational mission.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Robert Rico, M.P.A., Department of Criminal Justice, for his presentation "Restorative Justice: A Relational Approach to Civic Discourse." Pizza will be provided to students while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.309), Downtown Campus
Spend an evening stirring your curiosity during these monthly talks featuring some of UTSA’s most renowned faculty, and learn how the latest research in their fields applies to our daily lives. This month's speaker is Francine Romero, UTSA associate professor and associate dean of the College of Public Policy.
The Historic Guadalupe Theatre, 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio
Meet with 60+ representatives from Texas and out-of-state schools to get information on becoming a competitive health professions applicant and information about the application and transition process.
Student Union Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
UTSA master's of fine arts student Lauren Riojas-Fitzpatrick showcases her thesis through an art exhibit.
Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star, San Antonio
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