The Fresno State chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will initiate 219 new student members and seven honorary members at a ceremony 6 p.m. Monday, May 9 in the Satellite Student Union on campus.

The chapter will present a local chapter scholarship to Hannah Price of Quartz Hill, an Animal Science – Livestock Management major. It has also selected Alex Tran of Fresno, a biology major, for its national Graduate Fellowship Nominee.

Honorary members to be initiated are:

  • Alumnus – Bruce Batti, owner, Jeffrey Scott Associates
  • Faculty – Betsy Hays, Mass Communications and Journalism, and Dr. Brent Auernheimer, Computer Science
  • Staff – Susan Christensen, Library, and Marcee Varela, Graduate Division
  • Administrator – Bob Boyd, Facilities Management, and Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, College of Arts and Humanities

Over 800 students, faculty and staff are current members of the Fresno State chapter.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society with chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

In 1953 Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 62 was installed at Fresno State. Phi Kappa Phi has since initiated over 7,500 individuals and served as the University’s honor society, recognizing superior academic achievement by students in all academic fields.

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