Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Top Leadership Inducted into Newly- Formed Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Chapter

August 22, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently became the 328th chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society during a special induction ceremony on Aug. 18.

During the first installation ceremony, all Deans, Associate Deans, and several administrators at the Island University were admitted to the newest chapter. Each year, approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni are initiated into the honor society, which has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

The following faculty and staff were installed as chapter officers:

2014-2015 Chapter Officers:

President – Dr. JoAnn Canales

President Elect – Dr. Bunny Forgione

Vice President – Dr. Cynthia O’Neal

Vice President – Dr. Charles Etheridge

Secretary – Dr. Lauren Cifuentes

Treasurer – Dr. Thomas Naehr

Public Relations Officer – Dr. Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer

Scholarships and Awards Officer – Dr. Dorina Murgulet

The following faculty and staff signed the official Charter: Dr. Christell O. Bray, Dr. JoAnn Canales, Dr. Lauren D. Cifuentes, Dr. Charles Etheridge, Dr. Bunny Forgione, Denise Landry-Hyde, Dr. Michelle M. Maresh-Fuehrer, Dr. Claudia McDonald, Dr. David Miller, Dr. David Moury, Dr. Dorina Murgulet, Dr. Thomas H. Naehr, Dr. Cynthia O’Neal, Dr. Mary Sherwood, Dr. Christine Shupala, Daniel Springer

The Inaugural Inductees included: Dr. Don D. Albrecht, Dr. David Billeaux, Dr. JoAnn Canales, Dr. Lauren D. Cifuentes, Dr. Charles Etheridge, Dr. Bunny Forgione, Kathryn Funk-Baxter, Dr. John Earl Gamble, Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dr. Mark Georg Hartlaub, Dr. Arthur Hernandez, Dr. S. Trent Hill, Dr. Flavius C. Killebrew, Dr. Eve L. Layman, Dr. Frank Lucido, Dr. Michelle M. Maresh-Fuehrer, Dr. Christopher Markwood, Dr. Karen McCaleb, Dr. Paul Meyer, Dr. Dorina Murgulet, Dr. Elwin Myers, Dr. Thomas H. Naehr, Dr. Frank L. Pezold III, Dr. Kelly Marie Quintanilla

Under the leadership of Dr. JoAnn Canales, Founding Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, the Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors approved the establishment of a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi chapter in May. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society. It was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and includes all academic disciplines.

Membership is by invitation only and to be eligible, junior-level undergraduate students must be in the top 7.5 percent of their class, and senior-level undergraduates, as well as graduate students, must be in the top 10 percent of their class. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may be eligible for membership. The first student induction ceremony is planned for late fall.

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, go to www.phikappaphi.org.