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Initiation Ceremony

College of Charleston

March 30, 2023
6:00 PM
SSMB 129


About The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society’s mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.




Philosophía Krateítõ Photôn
Let the love of learning rule humanity

Philosophía. The first word of the motto literally means “love of wisdom” or “love of knowledge and wisdom,” a Greek word compounded from phílos meaning “loving” or “friendly” and sophía meaning “wisdom.” However, for historical reasons, the Society uses the phrase “love of learning” out of respect for the founders’ English version of the motto that seems to have preceded the Greek version. Because the founders probably intended to emphasize the value of what is gained through the process of learning and not merely the process itself, the original translator (Professor J.H. Huddilston of the University of Maine) apparently used phílosophía rather than philomátheia, the more common way of rendering “love of learning” in Greek (see Plato’s Republic 499e for a nearly synonymous use of both terms).

Krateítõ. The second word of the motto is a verb in the imperative mood, meaning “Let…rule.” As a strong imperative, it is an exhortation to action, not merely a hope or wish, hence “let” is used rather than “may.” The basic meaning of the word is the exertion of power and control, derived from the noun krátos, meaning “strength” or “might.” Krátos is also a source of the terms “democracy” (rule of the people) and “aristocracy” (rule of the noble).

Phõtôn. The third word appears in classical Greek poetry and drama; for example, in Euripides with the meaning of “mortals” in contrast to the gods of the “immortals.” The 1995 Convention in St. Louis changed the official wording from “mankind” to “humanity” on the grounds that the term “mankind” had come to have sexist connotations alien to the ideals of Phi Kappa Phi.




In addition to the national awards below, our chapter sponsors individual student awards related to research activity and academic performance each year. 

Dissertation Fellowships: Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards ten Fellowships of $10,000 each to active members who are doctoral candidates and are completing dissertations.

Fellowships: Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 50 Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Study Abroad Grants: Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Love of Learning Awards: Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active members. Two hundred awards, at $500 each, are awarded annually.

Literacy Grants: Literacy Grants of up to $2,500 each are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives.

Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist: The Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist Awards honor individuals who demonstrate the ideals of the :Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarship.

Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award: The Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia.




Introduction & Official Welcome
Dr. Anton Vander Zee

Chapter Background
Kamryn Schemine, Student Vice President
Ashley Matunis, Student Vice President
Dr. Susan Morrison, Executive Board Member

Membership Benefits
Dr. Courtney Murren

Induction of Student Initiates
Dr. Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich

Dr. Merissa Ferrara

Business Meeting
Dr. Anton Vander Zee

Concluding Remarks
Dr. Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich



2023 List of Initiates

* indicates ceremony attendance


Corinna Baker

Calvin R. Biesecker*
Marine Biology

Anna Campbell*
Sociology & Crime, Law, and Society

Erica Childers*

Ansley Elkins*

Della Evans

Elizabeth Hochberg*

Morgan Kelly*
English & History

Reed A. Kurtz*
Music, Piano Performance

Hannah Martinson

Katherine Poteet*
Political Science, History, & Middle Eastern Studies

Stefani Robinson
Marine Biology

Jared Schiele
Archaeology & Classics

Taylor Jade Schneider*
Political Science & Communications

Beck Smith*
Religious Studies

Grant Spraker*

Michael Stein*

Elana White

Johnny Wilkes*
Finance & Computer Science


Madeline W Ashby*
Public Health

Tessa Bertine*
Communication, Marketing

Meredith Day

Ansley Grace Lesley
Spanish & French

Elizabeth Mezan*
Political Science

Ronit Pathak
Chemistry, Economics & International Studies

Sydney Pearson
Systems Engineering

Adeline Ríos
International Studies, Political Science, & Spanish

Anthony W. Ruvo*
Political Science (AB)

Melissa Witcher
Bachelor of Professional Studies


Evan W. Cizler
Anthropology and Archaeology

Abigail Giordano*

Katherine ‘Kit’ B. Kelly*
Anthropology and Archaeology

Pamela Killingsworth*

Kangkang Kovacs

Serena Irene Pasquino*

Elienid Rivera*
ESOL Education

Amanda J Tigar

Thomas Richard Waring, II


In addition to our new student inductees, we would like to recognize our new faculty inductees–all of them recent recipients of campus-wide awards that recognize faculty excellence in research and teaching.

Dr. Debora Boyle

Dr. Timothy Carens

Dr. Isaure de Buron

Dr. Cara Delay

Dr. Cindi May

Dr. Amy Rogers

Dr. Matt Rutter

Dr. Meg Scott-Copses

Professor Anthony Varallo

2023 Chapter Officers

Anton Vander Zee

James Bowring
Past President

Courtney Murren
President Elect

Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich
Awards & Grants Coordinator

Barbara Duval

Chris Fragile
Public Relations Officer

Anton Vander Zee
Membership Secretary & Treasurer

Susan Morrison

Merissa Ferrara

Lancie Affonso

Ashley Matunis
Student VP

Kamryn Schemine
Student VP

Laura Atalla
Student VP

Tom Walter
Student VP

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