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Sac State honors chapter earns national acclaim


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Sacramento State’s Phi Kappa Phi honors chapter has been singled out as one of the nation’s finest.


PKP, founded in 1897 and located on more than 300 American campuses, is Sacramento State’s oldest honor society. Chartered during the 1963-64 academic year, it’s the 84th chapter of the national society. Its primary objectives are promoting the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education and recognizing outstanding achievement by students, faculty and others.

“Many honor societies are just academic afterthoughts,” says Sacramento State Provost Charles Gossett. “But Phi Kappa Phi has demonstrated that they can be much more than that and make an actual contribution to the personal and intellectual growth of their members.”

Professor Rebecca Cameron concurs, adding that winning a Chapter of Merit distinction requires “staying up-to-date with national bylaws and other requirements, including the newly established student vice president role.”

A case in point: Professor Ernie Hills and Student Vice President Brandon McMillen represented Sac State in St. Louis at the August convention. These and other actions, Cameron says, “indicate that we are a chapter that is active and effective on our home campus and also involved with the national organization.”

Every year, the local chapter of Phi Kappa Phi offers $2,100 in awards to outstanding senior members. These individuals are exceptional within the elite group of members and have taken a breadth of courses outside of their major.

Members are elected from all areas of the University based on academic excellence. Membership is by invitation only, and students must meet GPA and completed-unit requirements to be eligible. New members are initiated each spring.

Invitations for membership are sent in early spring based on these qualifications:

  • Juniors who have completed at least 24 units at Sacramento State and rank scholastically in the upper 7.5 percent of their class.
  • Seniors who graduated the previous summer or fall semester 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 percent of their class.
  • Graduate and professional students who rank scholastically in the upper 10 percent of all graduate and professional students. They must have completed at least 18 units of graduate work at Sacramento State or have been awarded an advanced degree by Sacramento State since the last invitation to membership.

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– Alan Miller