Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

'Magical Moments' Mark Society Time

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

'Magical Moments' Mark Society Time

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In my speech at the 2016 Biennial Convention in Atlanta, I shared the importance of recognizing the magical moments, which are key historical markers in the history of the Society.

Clearly, our most prominent magical moment was the birth of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 1897 at the University of Maine. We owe our history and mission to ten undergraduate students, two faculty members and the University of Maine president, who exemplified innovation by creating the first multidisciplinary honor society. I also noted in my speech two other important magical moments that shaped our history. I pointed out the importance of inducting the first woman, Pearl Clayton Swain, who became a member in 1899. Another magical moment occurred in 1976 when Jackson State University established the first chapter at a historically black college or university.

Magical moments defined and transformed the Society in meaningful ways. They also created opportunities for our members and chapters. The 2016 Convention highlighted two new initiatives that I believe will be referred to as magical moments in the future. It is rare and special to be a part of something we know will become a historical landmark for the Society. Just as the University of Maine transformed American higher education by creating The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 1897, the Society has now transformed higher education by the establishment of the Excellence in Innovation Award. The award is a historical and impactful event not only for our members and chapters, but also for American higher education. …

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