The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recently recognized the University of Houston chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter. The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in chapter operations and who demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
The Circle of Excellence program was introduced in 2018. The program recognized 74 chapters this year, including 28 with the Silver distinction. Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters on more than 325 select campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines.
“Our chapters are the lifeblood of Phi Kappa Phi. We’re proud to recognize and celebrate their success with a Circle of Excellence Award,” saidTraci Navarre, acting society executive director.
The Circle of Excellence Silver honor is given to chapters who scored a 90-94 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Silver distinction, the UH chapter 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.
"We're pleased to be honored with the Circle of Excellence award," said chapter president Eric R. Bittner, Moores Professor of Chemistry in the UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. "The past two years have been particularly challenging and recognition like this will help us regain the momentum we need to build and ignite enthusiasm in our chapter."
To learn more about the Circle of Excellence program, please visit www.phikappaphi.org/2022Excellence.
Lightly edited and republished with permission from Phi Kappa Phi