Pacific Lutheran University
Chapter Position: President
University Position: Director of Academic Advising
Years of Service to the Chapter: 2
Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Higher Education
How did you become involved as a chapter officer? Pacific Lutheran University started a new chapter in Spring 2016. Having been previously inducted into the honor society, it was an excellent opportunity to reconnect with Phi Kappa Phi and be involved in the creation of a new chapter.
What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Our first student vice presidents, Michele Anderson and Molly Munsterman, were very original in their approach to activities for student members. Their first organized event was to invite student and faculty members associated with the discipline-specific honor societies on campus to a coffee conversation surrounding the question, "What is the purpose of an honor society?" The question provoked interesting insights as to who has, and who has not, been historically invited to participate and allowed for questioning of how honor societies fit our university's focus on diversity, justice, and sustainability.
What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? As a recipient of previous grants during my doctoral studies, the financial assistance for furthering education is an important aspect to why I promote the Society to invited students.
What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
My favorite activity is the initiation ceremony where faculty, family, and guests have the opportunity to help recognize scholastic achievement of our new members.
What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
After initiating your first cohort of students, find at least two engaged juniors for the student vice president positions to assist in the early development of the chapter.
Where are you from?