As she pursued a doctorate in education at University of Missouri-St. Louis, Karen Dishauzi was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi through its campus chapter in 2009. “The opportunity to be invited to be a part of such a community of individuals was a great honor,” she recalled.
Now serving as associate dean of students for care, access, and community standards at Logan University, Dishauzi wanted a presence for Phi Kappa Phi at her present campus, too.
That dream came true this spring when the Society installed its 357th chapter at Logan, a university in Chesterfield, Missouri specializing in chiropractic education and health sciences. Dishauzi is serving as president of the new chapter, which was installed on May 19.
“I was overjoyed when I received the news from Dr. Bradley Newcomer, executive director and CEO, that The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi board of directors reviewed our application and approved a chapter at Logan University,” Dishauzi said. “Logan University has great tradition and values, and having a chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is a compliment to the university. The benefit of having a chapter at Logan University is the prestige and recognition that the honor society brings, the scholarly opportunities that are available, the networking and collaboration possibilities, great access to resources, and leadership development at the university and beyond.”
Newcomer is equally excited about the new chapter. “The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Logan University to its community of service-minded scholars,” he said. “Logan University’s commitment to excellence in health sciences, education, and service reflects its emphasis on training leaders dedicated to transforming health and wellness in the communities they serve.”
The installation of the Logan University chapter comes after a thorough petitioning process, site visit and approval from the Society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society.
Other officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President-elect Dr. Patrick Montgomery, Treasurer Dr. Farzana Karim, Secretary Melanie Cassidy, Awards and Grants Officer Dr. Cheryl Burtle, and Public Relations Officer Dr. Sarah Luderer.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded when Marcus L. Urann had a desire to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 select campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines and inducts approximately 25,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.“I am excited about the opportunities that the chapter will bring to our high achievers in the Logan community,” Dishauzi said.