Phi Kappa Phi Announces Scholar, Artist, and Distinguished Service Awards

May 12, 2014

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society—is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014-2016 Phi Kappa Phi Artist, Phi Kappa Phi Scholar, and Ray Sylvester Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Service awards.

Dr. Peter Larlham (left) in Tanzania.

Dr. Peter Larlham

San Diego State University
2014-2016 Ray Sylvester Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Service Recipient

An accomplished teacher of acting, directing, and improvisation, Dr. Peter Larlham’s career spans more than 40 years. In addition to his leadership and achievement as a scholar, he has made a substantial impact through his service commitments both of a national and international scope.

One of Larlham’s most noteworthy and sustained service endeavors is The Mnyakongo Primary School Project in Tanzania. During a visit in the summer of 2008, Larlham was devastated by the poor condition of the school’s library and has since carried out a commitment to transform the village of Kongwa, its school, and the well-being of the students.

The project’s scope to date has included building a school library stocked with more than 8,500 books, helping secure electricity and running water for the campus, refurbishing buildings, and buying goats to provide milk for the school lunch program. The initiative, under Larlham’s leadership, continues to expand its efforts each year.

Larlham has taught at the SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film since 1987. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University.

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Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker

Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker

Central Washington University
2014-2016 Phi Kappa Phi Artist

Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker’s career as a performing artist and scholar spans 25 years. During this time, he has played concertos, recitals, and natural horn and jazz performances throughout the U.S., and in Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Finland, Taiwan, South Africa, and Australia. He also has released two critically-acclaimed solo recordings featuring the horn in a jazz setting and two solo recordings of the natural horn.

Receiving numerous performance and teaching awards, Snedeker is a leader on his campus and in his field. Most notably, he received first place in the Natural Horn Division of the 1991 American Horn Competition. In addition, he holds the 2012 Washington Music Educators Association Higher Education Educator of the Year and the 2014 Washington State Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship.

Snedeker has taught in the Music Department at CWU since 1991. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Dr. Carolyn Eggleston

Dr. Carolyn Eggleston

California State University, San Bernardino
2014-2016 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar

Dr. Carolyn Eggleston has been a leader and pioneer for the advancement of correctional education for more than 35 years. She is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Correctional Education (CSCE) at Cal State San Bernardino. The center, founded in 1991, provides teachers and administrators who work in local, state, federal, and private correctional institutions with support services, resources, education, and training for teaching in confinement institutions and alternative settings.

In 2010, after years of planning and advocacy, Eggleston also developed the Cal State San Bernardino Reentry Initiative (CSRI), which she currently serves as executive director. The breakthrough program is an innovative partnership between the university and California Department of Corrections that aims to transform the post-incarceration experience of former inmates through an educationally-based rehabilitation program.

Eggleston has served at CSUSB since 1991 as faculty in the special education credential and master’s program. She holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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