Phi Kappa PhiVariant names
Phi Kappa Phi was "established to provide an honor society dedicated to the Unity and Democracy of Education, and open to honor students from all departments of American universities and colleges. Its prime object is to emphasize scholarship and character in the thought of college students, to foster the significant purposes for which institutions of higher learning have been founded, and to stimulate mental achievement by recognition through election to membership." Marcus I. Urann, a student in the University of Maine class of 1897, proposed the society in 1897. It was originally called Lambda Sigma Eta. The name was changed in 1899 to the Morrill Society (in honor of Sen. Justin S. Morrill, author of the Morrill Act of 1862). In 1900 the society was renamed Phi Kappa Phi and was formally established, with chapters in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The first convention was held in New Haven in 1900. The society has grown ever since.
From the description of Records 1897- (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 53920171
The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was established at the University of Maine, Orono, in 1897; it was incorporated May 17, 1972. It is unique among such organizations in that it recognizes outstanding scholastic attainments in all divisions of the university rather than restricting its membership to scholars in a specific area.
The University of Idaho chapter was established in May 1960. Although the idea of establishing a local chapter was first considered in 1952, it was not until 1958 that Donald Marshall, Associate Dean of Agriculture, approached several faculty members, including President Donald Theophilus, and gathered the information necessary to petition the national organization. There were twenty charter faculty members, with forty eight undergraduates and six graduate students initiated at the first meeting.
Students are chosen for membership in the society on the basis of both scholarship and character. No more than 10 percent of the senior class together with a smaller number of juniors and graduate students may be considered. Faculty members are selected on the basis of outstanding academic Records or significant accomplishments in their professional fields.
From the guide to the Records, 1952-1986, (University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives)
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