QR Code for Program

Initiation Ceremony

College of Charleston

March 28, 2024
5:30 PM
SSMB 129: Reception to Follow


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. Courtney Murren

Chapter Background
Michael Stein, Student Vice President

Society Badge Symbolism

Dr. Merrisa Ferrera

Membership Benefits
Dr. Deanna Caveny

Induction of Student Initiates

Dr. Anton Vander Zee

Dr. Cynthia May

Business Meeting
Dr. Courtney Murren

Concluding Remarks


2024 List of Initiates

* indicates ceremony attendance


David Bowen*
History & Classics

Alani Boyd
International Studies & Political Science

Sophia Brown*

Brooke Cameron*
Psychology & Spanish

Tina Dong*

Alexandra Dowd
Political Science & History

Isabella Dumont
Exercise Science

Kaylee Eggert*
Biology and Mathematics

Hannah Everage*
English, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology

Reed Fleming

Hailey Griffin

Kora Hansen

Jillian Kabik
International Business & Political Science

Ella Kasten*

Bryce Kearney

Kiley Kern*
Art History

Abigail Lee*
Art History

Solina Long

Madison LoStracco

Dylan McCall*

Dawson McIntosh

Paige Nicol*

Allie Parnell*
Finance and Real Estate

Jordyn Pieper*

Bibby Raines*
Religious Studies

Ananya Rao*

Blakesley Rhett*

Lucy Richmond*
Biology & Piano Performance

Catherine Rutherford*

Anna Schwerin*
Elementary Education

Jamie Silverman
Public Health & Chemistry

Alyssa Thomas
Exercise Science

Annabella Weiskittel


Dominique Black*
Exercise Science

Anna Deason*

Kellie DeMayo*

Brynn Dybik*
English & Sociology

Mariah Fitzgerald*

Alex Ford
Psychology & English

Katie Fulmer
Early Childhood Education

Melinda Harley*
Political Science

Zaria Killingsworth*

Courtney Lambert*
Elementary Education

Julia Lewis*

Michael McIntyre*
Business Administration

Coleman Miller*

Anne Owens*
Art History & Studio Art

Alexa Padberg
Computer Science

Lana Reynolds*
Applied Communication

Tyler Rommes
Urban Studies

Faith Sadeghian
Public Health

William Spencer
History, International Studies & Spanish

Morgan Treadwell*
Psychology & Religious Studies

Darby Watford
Psychology & German

Jonathan Yass*
Psychology, Chemistry & Crime Law and Society


Madeline Keller
Psychology & Biology

Catherina Harding
Professional Studies


Shea Feagin

Noemi Guerrero

Ellen Gwin
English Creative Writing

Allison Jones Terry*

Julia Kuehn*

Anna Miller

Gregory Saxton*
Public Administration


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

Dr. Cindi May

2024 Chapter Officers



Courtney Murren

Chris Fragile
President Elect

Anton Vander Zee
Past President, Member Secretary and Treasurer

Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich
Awards & Grants Coordinator (sabbatical 2024)

Susan Morrison

Merissa Ferrara
Public Relations

Deanna Caveny

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes

Skip to toolbar