Chapter Update - April 2018

Kay White
Apr 25, 2018
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Chapter 282 at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, California, recently coordinated a series of events that worked together to make a Phi Kappa Phi Week at their institution. Chapter officers provided a week of activities which will culminate with the chapter’s initiation on Friday, April 27.

Monday kicked off the week of afternoon events with a presentation of the documentary Exploring the Reformation and Revivals which focused on the Reformation and its effects on religious movements and German history. This educational film featured the work and research of Dr. Richard Weikart, a history professor at CSU Stanislaus.

This was followed by a Tuesday discussion session with director Dan Gately, assistant director Raquel Ruelas, and cast members from Stan State’s Theatre Under the Stars. The group will present Tartuffe in May and spoke with attendees about their plans to bring a 17th century French farce to life in modern day California.

Today’s presentation will include a lecture and discussion about the beauty of one of the most prevalent shapes in our daily life – the sphere. Appropriately, a similarly shaped food will be served immediately afterward.

Raksmey Roeum Castleman, an alumna of CSU Stanislaus, will share her personal story of immigration, education, career and beyond on April 26 with refreshments and discussion to follow.

Janice Herring, a past president of the chapter and current regional vice president of the western region, shared her thoughts on the planning of the week’s activities. “Since our chartering in 1999, we have endeavored to provide a week of multi-disciplinary presentations and events annually, which are open to the campus and surrounding community, all leading up to the initiation ceremony at week’s end. This year is no exception. In commemoration of our 20th annual initiation, we are launching a year of celebration under the theme, ‘Phi Kappa Phi 20 Years Forward’, in which we plan to highlight at least 20 different things that the chapter is doing to align with the Society motto, ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity.’ Ultimately, we strive to honor scholarly excellence in our students, faculty, staff, and administration, and promote lifelong learning.”

The planning and execution of this weeklong series of events is exactly what we hope chapters are able to do in order to serve the dual purposes of our both our motto and our mission.

To share your chapter’s events with the national office, contact Kay White, Chapter Development Director, at