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Megan Bullick (Lycoming College), a double major in creative writing and French at Lycoming College, gave the senior greeting at spring commencement. She was editor in chief of the student literary magazine and involved in numerous campus organizations.

Michael Culp (Southern Oregon University), an economics major, was Southern Oregon University’s Dankook Outstanding Undergraduate Man of the Year. Winner of other honors too, he completed his capstone project, about the collapse of the Greek economy, in one term.

Jeremy A. Farrell (Idaho State University) received a 2012 Outstanding Student Award from Idaho State University and its alumni association along with 12 peers. He majored in statistics and was president of the G2 math/computer science club. Married with two children, Farrell is a software developer at an insurance company.

Lisa M. (Tylicki) Hanson (Purdue University), a second-grade teacher at Garth Elementary School in Georgetown, Ky., earned National Board Certification. Nationwide, only three percent of pre-K through 12th-grade teachers, some 100,000 educators, achieve this advanced credential, administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Alan Kazdin (member at large) won the 2012 Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry, professor at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and director of the Yale Parenting Center at Yale University. Author of hundreds of articles and almost 50 books on child psychology, Kazdin focuses on clinical dysfunction and treatment; child-rearing and parenting; psychosocial interventions and the burden of mental illness; and translating psychological science to aid everyday life. He’s also a former president of the American Psychological Association.

Amit Maheska (University of Texas at Dallas), who earned a master’s degree in information technology and management from University of Texas at Dallas, won the Student Leader of the Year award from the school. He served as president of its 1,000-plus member Indian Student Association and on the dean’s council at its Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Kathryn L. Mattingly and Kaci Robertson (Austin Peay State University) earned the two top student awards from Austin Peay State University. Mattingly, a senior mathematics major, won the William McClure Drane Award for scholarship, leadership, service, and character. She was president of the Galois Mathematics Club and held offices at her Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Robertson, a mathematics education major, received the Harvill-Civitan Citizenship Award for maximizing one’s abilities and bettering the school. She volunteered in outreach, science, and ministry efforts.

Dave McRae (East Carolina University), emeritus chief executive officer at Vidant Health, a system of 10 hospitals and medical centers in eastern North Carolina, gave the spring commencement address at East Carolina University. He earned a master’s degree at its college of education and received two degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McRae has held leadership roles at numerous healthcare associations.

Emily K. Mella (University of Evansville chapter student vice president), an archaeology, art history and international studies major at University of Evansville, delivered the school’s inaugural senior keynote speech at spring commencement. Involved in numerous student activities as an undergraduate and winner of several awards, she spent the summer conducting archaeological research in Israel and Jordan. Mella is pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs at American University.

Meg McGavran Murray (Mississippi State University former chapter president) received the American Library Association’s Choice magazine Award for Outstanding Academic Title for Margaret Fuller, Wandering Pilgrim, a 2008 biography of the author (1810-50) of the early American feminist manifesto, Woman in the Nineteenth Century. Murray, Associate Professor Emerita in English at Mississippi State University, spent 30 years “tracing the ‘strange, dark, thorny paths’ taken by America’s first full-fledged woman intellectual,” according to a press release by publisher University of Georgia Press. Only about 10 percent of the 7,000 works that Choice annually reviews earn such distinction.

Kayla Peard (University of Maine), a music education major, was named salutatorian at University of Maine. She was principal trumpeter for its symphonic band and played in the jazz and brass ensembles.

Senior biology majors Tiffany Nicole Phillips and Harrison Breedlove Taylor (Francis Marion University) received the Blackwell Award at Francis Marion University for undergraduates earning the highest grade point average the past academic year. Both won numerous other honors during their study, and Phillips completed outreach programs on health issues while Taylor was a student marshal.

Senior biology major and wilderness leader Laura Platt and senior business economics major and lacrosse attackman Michael Tota (State University of New York at Cortland) were two of four on their campus to earn 2012 State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.

Brittany Reinard (Florida Institute of Technology), a premed biology major and cross-country and track-and-field athlete, was named Outstanding Senior at Florida Institute of Technology at its honors convocation. Winner of other awards, she has volunteered at medical centers.

Avery Scherer (Eastern Kentucky University former chapter student vice president) earned the President’s Outstanding Senior Award from Eastern Kentucky University. She majored in aquatic biology as an honors scholar, volunteered for humanitarian causes, and won other awards, including a 2010 Study Abroad Grant from Phi Kappa Phi to take a tropical biology course in Belize. Scherer is a graduate student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

John (Jack) Scudder (United States Military Academy), a mechanical engineer major and cadet battalion commander at West Point, received a “Tomorrow’s Leader” award from Aviation Week. A student soldier from each of the armed forces academies is presented with the annual honor in Washington, D.C. Scudder has earned parachutist and German proficiency badges.

Amy Sage Webb (Emporia State University former chapter president) won the 2012 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor Award from Emporia State University, at which she teaches fiction writing, American literature and pedagogy. Recently promoted to full professor after 17 years in the English Department, Webb also has served as president of the faculty senate. The award includes $1,000 for professional activities. Webb, who has published and presented widely, will speak at the December commencement.

Claire Eunhye Cho (Columbus State University), a senior chemistry major, was the top student at Columbus State University for 2011-12. A member of numerous other honor societies, she participated in a study abroad course on Andros Island in the Bahamas and conducted summer research at Columbia University and University of New Hampshire.

Jeremy dePrisco (Bloomsburg University), a veteran singer-songwriter, music producer, and sound designer, composed the music for Dog Assassin, billed as a “post-progressive rock musical,” and attended its world premiere in March by the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Theatre Company. His longtime collaborator, Stephen Schrum, who teaches theater at the school, wrote the book and lyrics. The show “concerns a grocery bagger who makes extra cash on the side in a noisy suburb filled with loud and annoying canines. But when he meets a young woman, his world turns upside down,” according to a press release. The musical “features Egyptian mythology, Eastern philosophy, Jungian psychology, spirit guides, crackpot nutrition advice, and the TV show Highlander.”

Stephen Dickson (Westmont College) has been promoted from office manager to business services coordinator for Children’s Choice, a nonprofit social services agency that provides specialized foster care, kinship care, and adoption services for children in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland and adoption services in New Jersey. He is responsible for physical plant, insurance, and fleet management for 13 offices.

Chelsea Flieger (Mercer University), who majored in leadership and community service, won the Griffin B. Bell Award for Community Service from Mercer University. Recipient of other academic awards over her career, she co-led numerous student-run outreach efforts, under the banner Local Engagement against Poverty, to help the needy in Macon, Ga.

Alex Lawhorne (Valdosta State University), a double major in philosophy and political science, won the 2012 Annie Powe Hopper Award, Valdosta State University’s most prestigious academic honor for undergraduates. He also was named outstanding student in arts and sciences, in philosophy and religious studies, and in political science. Lawhorne attends law school at University of Michigan.

Kim Mulkey (Louisiana Tech University), head coach of the Baylor Lady Bears, led the basketball team to a 40-0 season and her second national NCAA Division I title for the program. The 40 victories was a first for any NCAA basketball team of either gender. Mulkey, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, is the first man or woman to win a basketball national championship as a player (at Louisiana Tech), assistant coach (also at her alma mater) and head coach. She also won an Olympic gold medal playing in the Los Angeles games.

Dayne Sherman (Southeastern Louisiana University) was one of about two dozen crime novelists to make Booklist’s 16th annual “best of” country noir for his 2004 Welcome to the Fallen Paradise. The plot, according to the publisher, involves 27-year-old protagonist Jesse Tadlock’s return home “after a peaceful, if not dull, nine-year Army hitch to claim his inheritance. With a steady job, a past love back in his life, and his own land, he thinks he’s outlasted the legacy of violence that has haunted his family. But the morning after his first night in his new home, a neighbor turns up at his door with a loaded rifle on his arm and a bloodthirsty pit bull in tow. Balem ‘Cotton’ Moxley was born in this house and he’ll die there, he says, or Jesse will.” Sherman works as a reference librarian at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Zafar Taqvi (member at large) won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Outstanding Member of the Year Award for the Southwest region. Chair of the Galveston Bay’s section of the organization, he spent decades at Lockheed Martin and other companies working on NASA projects; taught at University of Houston, from which he earned a doctorate in electrical engineering; and volunteered with engineering societies at the local, national and international levels. Winner of many other honors, Taqvi received a B.S. in physics, math and chemistry and an M.S. in electrical engineering from University of Allahabad in India.

The following Phi Kappa Phi members earned 2012-13 awards from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Forty recipients were chosen from 265 applicants for graduate fellowships. Some winners receive cash stipends of $10,000; the others do not need financial aid from Tau Beta Pi. Two hundred recipients were chosen from 328 applicants for undergraduate scholarships. Most winners receive $2,000 for senior year engineering study, some $1,000 for one semester. All winners are members of Tau Beta Pi, which was founded in 1885 at Lehigh University and has chapters at 238 engineering colleges in the United States.


  • Claude S. Bridges, University of Alabama in Huntsville, industrial engineering
  • Benjamin W. Gasser, University of Alabama in Huntsville, mechanical engineering
  • Sarah E. McCandless, University of Kansas, aerospace engineering
  • Craig M. Western, University of Southern California, mechanical engineering
  • Matthew A. Williams, University of Kansas, aerospace engineering


  • Marie S. Cope, Brigham Young University, chemical engineering
  • Christopher Creveling, University of Utah, mechanical engineering
  • Clark J. Ennis, Iowa State University, mechanical engineering
  • Alex J. Foy, Brigham Young University chemical engineering
  • John S. Hall, Mississippi State University, aerospace engineering
  • Thomas M. Hall, University of Minnesota, civil engineering
  • Trevor D. Kjellsen, South Dakota State University, mechanical engineering
  • Jason R. Lauer, University of Alabama, chemical engineering
  • Stephen L. McHargue, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, electrical engineering
  • Rachel Mitchell, University of Alabama, chemical engineering
  • Bich Nguyen, Mercer University, biomedical engineering
  • Shelby K. Pursley, Louisiana State University, biological engineering
  • R. Liam Reilly, Kansas State University, civil engineering
  • Dallin R. Swiss, Brigham Young University, mechanical engineering
  • Marsa S. Taheri, University of Utah, bioengineering
  • Andreas Torsvik, California State University, Fresno, geomatics engineering
  • Jackson G. Turbeville, Clemson University, bioengineering

Four of the 23 winners of 2011-12 fellowships from Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students, are Phi Kappa Phi members. Winners receive $3,000-$7,000 for graduate or professional education. Alpha Lambda Delta was founded in 1924 at University of Illinois and has more than 260 chapters.

  • Lily K. Jaffie-Shupe, University of Delaware
  • Alicia Matheny, West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Akshita Mehta, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Thanh Do Ngoc, University of the Pacific

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi