Member Mentions – May 2020

May 25, 2020

Member Mentions-webThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's international community is a unique blend of students, academicians, and corporate and civic leaders from all fields of endeavor. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and rewards academic success. That recognition doesn’t end after initiation. From their time in school to their professional career, Society members’ hard work continues to pay off and be acknowledged.

Phi Kappa Phi would like to congratulate these members on their recent achievements:

Jacqueline Ball (Oklahoma State University) received a George Harold and Dorothy Elsie Faisy Award as well as the Lincoln Ward Memorial Veterinary Scholarship for academic excellence.

David Briscoe (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) is a 2020 winner of the Faculty Excellence in Public Service Award at UA Little Rock. The award is given to those who make significant contributions to the community and the lives of their students and colleagues.

Valarie Burke and Kara Wada (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) have received promotions within the Graduate College. Burke is now the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Services, and Wada is now the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management.

Kathleen Donlin-Smith (Nazareth College) has earned the Solidarity and Social Justice Award as part of the school’s President’s Civic Engagement Awards for her commitment to combating social justice issues within the community.

Madeline Griem (Emporia State University) has been named a Shepherd Scholar for 2020-21. The Shepherd Scholars Program honors Emporia State’s most outstanding students.

Arielle Hudson, James Johnson and Genevieve Verville (University of Mississippi) have been inducted into UM’s 2019-2020 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded to students at the school.

Paige Kristensen (University of Nebraska Kearney) was recognized with an Outstanding Senior award at UNK for her excellence in scholarship and leadership, as well as dedication to the community.

Aaron Lowe (California State University, Fresno) won the All-American Debater of the Year award from the Cross Examination Debate Association for representing the best of collegiate debate. His Fresno State team also earned a spot in the National Debate Tournament for only the second time in school history.

Marilena Melas (University of Southern California) has been selected as an ambassador representing Columbus, Ohio, for the 2020:ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer campaign for the American Cancer Society. The campaign’s goal is to raise funds in support of women-led cancer research.

Alida Merlo (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), professor of criminology and criminal justice, was selected as IUP’s 2020-21 Distinguished University Professor. The award is based on a record of outstanding teaching, service, and research or scholarly activity.

Leslie Preveaux (Mercer University) received a National Board for Certified Counselor Foundation Minority Fellowship. The award aims to increase the number of professional counselors providing services to underserved populations.

Tucker Robbins (East Carolina University) has been named to the ECU Board of Trustees. The senior majoring in industrial distribution and logistics will represent the student body as a member of the BOT.

Kristin Ruddle (West Virginia University) received WVU’s highest student honor, the Order of Augusta, for exceeding classroom boundaries and demonstrating a commitment to solving global challenges and serving others.

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