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Annual Initiation Reception and Ceremony
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
California State University, Sacramento

Every spring semester, the CSUS Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi sponsors a celebratory event in the University Union Ballroom. New initiates, current Phi Kappa Phi members, faculty, guests, and members of the University administration are invited to attend.

During the event, faculty, staff, and students are initiated into membership in Phi Kappa Phi, and outstanding senior members of Phi Kappa Phi are recognized.

Beginning at 4:30pm, guests are allowed to park without a permit on the 4th floor of the parking structure right next to the Bookstore.  Click on Parking Structure II for a helpful map and directions to the Sac State campus.

The Spring 2015 initiation reception and ceremony will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 from 5:30pm-9:30pm in the University Ballroom.

Welcome to the Sacramento State Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

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PKP LogoThe Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) All-University Honor Society was founded in 1897. The Sacramento State Chapter, chartered during the 1963-64 academic year, is the 84th chapter of the Society and the University’s oldest honor society. Chapters are now located on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. At the national level, this honor society is also the oldest and most selective honor society in the United States that recognizes excellence in all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi, along with Phi Beta Kappa, is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Today, Phi Kappa Phi has more than 1,000,000 members in all parts of the world. Over 1,200 faculty and staff volunteer their time to serve as officers for local chapters. The Society is also responsible for over $1,000,000 in national and local scholarships awarded every biennium.

The primary objectives of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are to promote the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students, faculty and others through election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement. The Society is convinced that recognizing and honoring those persons of good character who have excelled in scholarship, in whatever field, will stimulate others to strive for excellence. Members are elected from all areas of the university on the basis of academic excellence. Membership is by invitation only: students must meet GPA and completed unit requirements in order to be eligible. New members are initiated each Spring.

The Sacramento State Chapter was chartered during 1963-64 academic year and became the 84th chapter of the Society.

The annual Initiation Reception and Ceremony will be held on May 4, 2015.

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Sac State PKP has been designated a Chapter of Excellence.

"Let the love of learning rule humanity."

Eligibility for Membership in Phi Kappa Phi at Sacramento State

At Sacramento State juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible for membership if they meet the following criteria. Invitations for membership are sent in early spring. If you receive an invitation, please follow the instructions to register with the National office. Initiation occurs at the annual reception, which is usually held in April.

  1. Juniors who have completed at least 72 units overall and 24 units at Sacramento State and who rank scholastically in the upper 7.5% of their class. 
  2. Seniors who graduated during the previous Summer or Fall semesters or who have filed a petition to graduate in Spring. They must have completed at least 30 units at Sacramento State, and rank scholastically in the upper 10% of their class.
  3. Graduate and professional students who graduated during the previous Summer or Fall semesters or who have filed a petition to graduate in Spring and who rank scholastically in the upper 10% of graduate and professional students. They must have completed at least 18 units of graduate work at Sacramento State.


Phi Kappa Phi members represent the best and brightest from all academic disciplines-a community of scholars that is leaving an enviable legacy for future generations. 

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.

  • To be eligible for membership, you must be an outstanding student of sound character and enrolled at a college or university with a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Because Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education, your field of study may be in any discipline.
  • Juniors must have completed 72 units overall, including 24 units at Sacramento State, and must rank scholastically in the top 7.5 percent (or higher depending on local chapter standards) of their class.
  • Seniors must rank in the top 10 percent (or higher depending on local chapter standards) of their class. Those who have graduated the previous summer or fall, or are scheduled to graduate during the current spring semester, are considered for eligibility.
  • Graduate students, as well, must rank in the upper 10 percent of their class. Those who have graduated the previous summer or fall, or who are scheduled to graduate during the current spring semester, are considered for eligibility.
  • Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction may also be eligible for membership.

If you think you meet the criteria described above and have not been invited to membership, you may contact our chapter president:

Professor Elizabeth Strasser
Anthropology Department
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA 95819-6106
E mail:

Every effort is made to keep the cost of membership in Phi Kappa Phi affordable for current and prospective members. At initiation, the candidate will pay National and Chapter fees. These fees cover a medallion, an emblem (key in the form of a pin), a certificate, and one year of National and Chapter dues. The National dues entitle the member to receive the Society's quarterly publication, the Phi Kappa Phi Forum magazine. Chapter dues cover the cost of new members' attendance at the initiation reception and active Chapter membership for one year. Members must be current on their dues to apply for fellowships and awards, but membership in Phi Kappa Phi is a lifetime status not dependent on yearly dues.


Recognition of Achievement for superior academic performance.

Affiliation with 1,000,000 distinguished members worldwide and more than 300 accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Awards such as the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award, the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award, and Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Service Award that recognize the scholarly and artistic endeavors of Society members and their contributions to society.

Leadership opportunities exist at the chapter, regional, and national levels. Members may serve as chapter officers; local, regional, or national committee chairs or members; and/or members of the national board of directors.

Links to up-to-date Society and member information via the Society's official web site at

Networking opportunities at local and regional conferences and at national conventions.

Publications that include the Society's scholarly journal, the Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

Publishing Opportunities exist for members to have their work featured in the Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

Respect of peers and employers for well-recognized mark of achievement associated with membership.

Scholarships in the form of Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships for students pursuing first-year graduate study.

Support of the Society's mission; members, through contributions in the form of cash gifts, life insurance, bequests, and other forms of planned giving, can help Phi Kappa Phi expand its scholarships, grants, and awards programs so that an ever-increasing number of exemplary Phi Kappa Phi members can be recognized and rewarded for their worthy endeavors. 


National Scholarships

The National Organization of Phi Kappa Phi offers a number of awards, including 50 Study Abroad grants of $1,000 each, 147 Love of Learning Awards of $500 each, and 57 Graduate Fellowships of $5,000-$15,000 each.

Please visit the Phi Kappa Phi national organization’s Web site at for more information on scholarships.

Graduate Fellowship Information

Every year, the local chapter of Phi Kappa Phi selects one applicant for a Graduate Fellowship to nominate for consideration by the National Organization. The national selection process is highly competitive. In recent years, two Sacramento State fellowship nominees have been selected for national awards. Students who are current members or who will be initiated this semester may submit Graduate Fellowship applications to the Chapter President, Professor Elizabeth Strasser, by April 1, 2015, at 5 PM, in order to be considered for nomination to the National Organization.


President: Elizabeth Strasser
Professor, Anthropology

Immediate Past President: Rebecca Cameron
Professor, Psychology 

Treasurer: Sharyn Gardner
Associate Professor, Business Administration 

Secretary: Boyana Barbula
Business Reporting Analyst

Public Relations Officer: Brian DiSarro
Associate Professor, Government

Public Relations Officer: Rheena Munoz
Honors and First Year Programs

Officer At Large: Jeffrey Brodd
Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies

Officer At Large: Dean Dorn
Emeritus Professor, Sociology

In addition to our faculty and staff executive committee members, we have several Student Vice Presidents serving the Chapter. Currently, these Student Vice Presidents include Monica Mejia and George Lopez.

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Sacramento State Chapter

The National Office of Phi Kappa Phi

The National Office is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Phi Kappa Phi, 7576 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 800-804-9880 Fax: 225-388-4900, Email:

For more information, click on one of the following links.

Famous Phi Kappa Phi members include:

  • Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States
  • James Barksdale, founder of Netscape
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Senator from New York
  • Stephen Ambrose, historian and founder of the D-Day Museum
  • George Olah, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry
  • Ellis Marsalis and Dave Brubeck, acclaimed jazz musicians
  • Glenna Goodacre, sculptor
  • Albert Gore, Former Vice President of the United States
  • Authors John Grisham, Ernest Gaines, Stephen Ambrose, James Lee Burke, David Baldacci and Tony Hillerman