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The Honor Society
of Phi Kappa Phi

Dr. Richard VloskyA Message from the President

It is my privilege to be the President of the LSU Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Congratulations to all student members on your academic success at Louisiana State University! Standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to the LSU’s top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

Phi Kappa Phi is a select community of top scholars and professionals, providing more than $700,000 in annual scholarships and awards, career advancement, training and networking opportunities, discounts from corporate partners, and much more.

The other officers and members of the Louisiana State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi join me in congratulating you on your outstanding academic achievements. We wish you continued success and look forward to meeting you at a Phi Kappa Phi event.


Richard Vlosky, Ph.D., Professor
President, LSU Chapter 043
Room 120
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Phone: 578-4527

LSU Member Awarded Fellowship

Congratualtions to Corey St. Romain, member of the LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, who was selected as a Fellow, and will receive an award of $8,500!

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty 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 active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.


The 9th Annual "Evening with Great Authors"

2019 Phi Kappa Phi Evening With Great Authors"

From left to right: Adult Literacy Advocates of Baton Rouge (ALA): Gary Robertson, Executive Director; Dave Harris, Board Member; Tenika James, Board Secretary and Event Chair; Todd Pourciau, Board Member; Sarah Rosemann, Board Member; John Hightower, Board Member; Chris Martin, Board Chair; Anita Gregoire, Board Member; Dima Ghawi, Keynote Speaker; Richard Vlosky, President, LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi; Nicole Hobson-Morris, Board Member (ALA); Mittie Bolton, Board Vice-Chair (ALA). (Additional images are available HERE. Thanks to William Boyd Lee II, photographer)

On the evening of Wednesday, April 24th, Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge, along with the LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, presented the 9th annual “An Evening with Great Authors”, a celebration of the work of Dima Ghawi, author of Breaking Vases.

Dima Ghawi is Middle-Eastern in her genes, American in her heart, and a global citizen in her soul. Her own journey is one of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose. She uses her personal and professional experiences to inspire, educate, and empower individuals to attain personal and professional growth.

All proceeds from the event benefitted ALA’s students, programs and educational outreach services. The event has raised over $25,000 for ALA since it’s inception.

Phi Kappa Phi-LSU Chapter Spring 2019 Induction/Awards Ceremony

LSU Provost Stacia L. Haynie was the keynote speaker at the LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi’s 89th Induction and Awards Ceremony in late March. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Welcoming guests was chapter President Richard Vlosky.

Student award recipients included Outstanding Junior Lauren Honoré, psychology; Outstanding Senior and National Fellowship Chapter Designee Corey St. Romain, biological sciences and chemistry; Outstanding Master's Student Kiza Calumba, food sciences; Outstanding Ph.D. Student Andre Chiang, musical arts/vocal performance; and Outstanding Fellowship Second Place Sarah Karam, accounting.

Nontenured faculty and instructor award recipients, co-funded by the LSU Alumni Association, included Stephen Midway, of the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences; Nathan Kalmoe, of the Manship School of Mass Communication and Department of Political Science, Humanities & Social Sciences; Fahima Ife with the English Department, Creative & Performing Arts; and Roxanne Dill with the Manship School of Mass Communication, Outstanding Instructor.Mary Bowen, a research associate in the School of Renewable Natural Resources received the Chapter Appreciation Award.

The Advocate (Baton Rouge) also covered the event. LINK

Congratulations to all of our new Inductees and awards recipients!!

Photos: View, download, share. It was an extraordinary event!

Circle of Excellence Gold Status
for 2018-19

March 4, 2019
Dear Louisiana State University Chapter Officers:
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes outstanding chapters each year for their work through the Circle of Honor Chapter Awards Program. It is my distinct pleasure to inform you that your chapter has achieved Circle of Excellence Gold status for 2018-19. Congratulations!

The Circle of Honor Awards Program recognizes chapters for their work in promoting excellence on the local campus and engaging the community of scholars each year. The awards utilize data already submitted by the chapter to the national office regarding yearly activities and initiation efforts. This level of performance can only be achieved because of the efforts of dedicated chapter officers like you, so we offer our sincere appreciation!

Your university president will receive an official letter announcing the award from Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. Chapters achieving the Gold Circle of Excellence status may elect either a $200 cash award or a Student Leadership Summit registration grant.

Again, congratulations on your award! Your commitment to honor and excellence helps us fulfill our mission.

Contact-Traci Payne, PKP

Why Join Phi Kappa Phi??

If you are invited, this important message is for you. Phi Kappa Phi is not a fraternity, but it is a very prestigious Honor Society. Membership is by invitation only and you have been invited to join because when compared to your peers at LSU you rank far above most of them. As the invitation indicates, if you are a Junior you are in the top 7.5 percent of your class and if you are a senior or a graduate student then you are in the top 10 percent of your class.

Phi Kappa Phi is one of the oldest and most prestigious Honor Society in the United States dating back to 1897. Some notable members include Presidents of the United States (Jimmy Carter for one), Presidents of Universities (like James Monroe Smith, President of LSU from 1930 to 1939), well-known authors (including John Grisham), actresses, Presidents of other countries, United States Cabinet members (Hillary Clinton-Secretary of State), United States Vice-Presidents (Al Gore), Nobel Prize winners, Governors of various states (including our own Kathleen Blanco), CEO's of major companies (Robert A. McDonald with Procter & Gamble), various United States Senators and Representatives, just to name a few. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi_Kappa_Phi#Notable_members for a longer list of notable members. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi sets you apart from others and puts you in the company of many of the great leaders of our country and the world.

For more information about benefits of being a member, please browse the Phi Kappa Phi website: http://www.phikappaphi.org/members#.XFis8VVKguU. A few of the immediate benefits of being a member of the LSU Chapter include being able to apply for some of the Phi Kappa Phi awards given out every year on campus and the ability to include membership on future applications to graduate school or medical school or some other professional school. It also includes recognition in the graduation program when you earn your degree from LSU. Membership also gives you the opportunity to give back to others with some of our volunteer opportunities on campus (GEAUX Big in the Spring and a Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive). You can also participate and help out (be there help set up tables, etc) with our Evening With Great Authors which is an annual event that supports adult literacy in Baton Rouge. For the last two years we have also had a table at Fall Fest.

I do hope that you will consider joining Phi Kappa Phi. It is a great organization that has has a presence on the LSU campus since 1930.

New Technology Discount from HP

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce our partnership with HP. HP creates technology with a purpose: to make life better for everyone, everywhere. They offer a broad line of consumer and commercial products, from notebooks and desktops to printers, accessories and more.

Active Phi Kappa Phi members can save up to 35% on high-quality HP products and access free shipping. Click below to select the blue Register button and complete the required registration information to create an HP.com account. Then, start shopping!

Click: HP PKP Discont

Chapter Welcomes Two New Student VPs

Lily Fontenot, 2018 PKP Student VP(left) I'm Lily Fontenot. I'm a senior pursuing dual degrees in Mass Communication & Spanish with a minor in Sports Studies. I am the assistant sports director for Tiger TV and the Panhellenic delegate for Delta Delta Delta sorority. I am currently applying to law school, and I hope to go into sports law in the future.

Madison Liggio, 2018 PKP Student VP

(right) I'm Eric Forbes, and I am a triple-major pursuing degrees in Accounting, English, and Philosophy, with hopes to go to law school and eventually practice tax law. I also serve on the College Council for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the LSU Speech and Debate Team, and with Honors Advocates! I am so excited to serve Phi Kappa Phi.

2018 George H. Deer Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Julia Ledet is awarded the 2018 Deer Teaching Award
Julia Ledet (in red) with some of her Spring 2018 Math 1552 students | Photo by Troy Robertson

Congratulations to our own Dr. Julia Ledat (LSU Chapter Treasurer) who has been awarded the 2018 George H. Deer Distinguished Teaching Award !!!

Fifty years ago, LSU faculty and staff created an endowment in honor of Dr. George H. Deer, a former dean of the LSU University College and longtime faculty member of what is now the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education. Daughter Carol Deer Miller (Education, ’58) and her husband, Roland, have decided to extend Dr. Deer’s legacy by expanding the endowment to support a teaching award, to be made every year in perpetuity, for University College faculty and graduate assistants.

The George H. Deer Distinguished Teaching Award provides academic support and professional development funds to an LSU faculty member who teaches courses with University College students and has a record of excellence, leadership, a genuine interest in students and outstanding relationships with peers. Potential for growth is also considered, in hopes that the recipient will move forward with greater confidence and a sense of purpose.

More information about Dr. Deer, and this award can be found on the LSU Foundation website.

Michael Denham Selected for 2018 Phi Kappa Phi
Fellowship National Competition

Michael Denham, 2018 Fellowship Award winnerMichael Denham, LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, has been selected as a Fellow and will receive $5,000.

Michael Denham graduated in May 2018 summa cum laude and with College Honors with bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics. In the fall, Michael will attend the University of Cambridge to pursue a master’s program in Health, Medicine, and Society to explore the ways in which the structural design of healthcare markets and medical institutions affects public perception of health and medicine. After completion of this program, he will attend medical school at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Michael was also the recipient of the LSU Chapter’s 2018 Outstanding Senior Award.

Congratulations, Michael!

Dr. Ioan Negulescu

Meet Our New President-Elect:
Dr. Ioan Negulescu!!

Dr. Negulescu is associated with the LSU Department of Chemistry (1990-), the Department of Textiles, Apparel design and Merchandising (1994-) and the LSU AgCenter (1998-) where he is now a Distinguished Grace Drews Lehmann Professor.

The scientific interests of Professor Negulescu are focused on: Chemistry and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Polymers and Textile Materials; Organic Chemistry of Polymers; Liquid Crystals; Rheology of Polymeric Systems; Medical Polymers; Polymer Reinforced Asphalts; Nonwoven Composite Materials.

His publications include 2 books, 19 book chapters, over 130 peer-reviewed papers, 17 patents and over 200 presentations at national and international meetings.