Member Mentions – November 2020

Marla Elsea
Nov 30, 2020

The 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:

Ricks Anderson (Mercer University), an informatics major, received the inaugural Harris Davis Transformational Power of Education Award. The award is presented to a student who has experienced the transformational power of education.

Jane Colmer-Hamood (Texas Tech University) has been awarded the Mastership designation by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. This designation honors ASCP members who have made a significant contribution to pathology and laboratory medicine through sustained service to the profession and to the ASCP. 

Mark DeAngelis (Youngstown State University) has earned a grant through the Ohio Space Grant Consortium, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. DeAngelis, a senior, is a mechanical engineering major.

Mary Ann Gunter (University of Louisiana at Monroe) has earned the 2020 Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal for Research in Family Policy Award, which recognizes excellence in research and potential contribution to family policy studies, particularly in the areas of gender/women's issues or poverty.

Basanta Khakurel (Southeastern Louisiana University) was named to the SLU Homecoming Court. Khakurel, a senior studying biological sciences, also serves as an officer in the Honors Student Association and as an ambassador representing the university's honors program.

Paula Ramirez (Western Illinois University), a psychology and music double major, has been named WIU's recipient of the 2020-21 Lincoln Academy of Illinois' Student Laureate Award. The award is given to an outstanding senior for overall academic excellence and participation in extracurricular activities.

Caleb Shipley (McKendree University) has been named a 2020 recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The award is the state’s highest student honor for leadership, service and excellence, awarded to a senior from each college and university.

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