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Phi Kappa Phi taps alumna to Academic Hall of Fame, initiates new members

5/5/2002
May 6, 2002

On Sunday, April 28, Barbara Barnette Wilbur was inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 191.

A member of the faculty since 1949, Wilbur served since 1989 as director of High School Upward Bound, a federally funded program designed to expose high school students with academic potential but inadequate financial resources to the advantages and possibilities of a college degree.

Through this grant program, Wilbur has brought $3,000,000 to APSU during her 13 years as director and has guided 100s of high school students into college/university studies, as indicated by her nomination.

In addition to the initiation of 30 academically superior juniors, seniors and graduate students, the Phi Kappa Phi executive committee selected five faculty and professional staff for induction.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, president
Dr. Jennifer Meningall, vice president for student affairs
Dr. Michael Schnell, associate professor of English
Dr. Gregory Zieren, associate professor of history
Dennie Burke, executive director, public relations and marketing

Hoppe gave the keynote address, and new officers for 2002-03 were installed. Dr. Albert Bekus, professor of English, is president. Dr. Linda Thompson, professor of nursing, is president-elect, and Dr. Diane Berty, dean of student development, is treasurer.

Established in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, differing from other honorary societies because it taps members from all academic disciplines.

The society has more than 280 college/university chapters, and its motto, which is taken from Greek, means, "Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity ."

Through a proposal by Bekus and Dr. Richard Gildrie, history professor, the chapter secured a $4,500 Promotion of Excellence Grant from the national division of Phi Kappa Phi earlier this month. The funds, which were awarded to seven chapters throughout the United States, will be used to organize an annual academic conference and scholarly journal.

Both projects are slated for mid-October and will center on a liberal arts theme and strong student involvement, according to Bekus.

For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, telephone Bekus at 7895.