The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recognized the Fresno State chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive.

This is the third consecutive year Fresno State has earned the award, given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

Twenty-nine chapters earned the excellence designation. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi has more than 300 chapters in North America and the Philippines.

The Fresno State chapter is recognized as an organization that goes “above and beyond in promoting academic excellence” on the campus, said Dr. Mary Todd, executive director for the honor society.

To celebrate the recognition, the chapter will present a Showcase of Excellence at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room of Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library. The program will include music by Fresno State faculty Dr. Limor Toren-Immeran and Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, a presentation on the revival of the Chukchansi language by faculty members Dr. Brian Agbayani and Dr. Chris Golston and readings by author Armen Bacon from her latest book, “My Name is Armen: A Life in Column Inches.” All are Phi Kappa Phi members.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information about the showcase, contact Lisa Hardamon at