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April 27, 2005
Contact: David Darwin, School of Engineering, (785) 864-3827.

Phi Kappa Phi honor society at KU names new student and faculty members


LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society recently initiated 133 new student members and two faculty members.

In addition to the student members, two new faculty initiates are Joane Nagel, university distinguished professor of sociology, and James (Pete) Shortridge, professor and former associate chair of geography.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Orono, and is the nation's oldest and largest all-discipline academic honor society, with chapters at about 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Established in 1975, the KU chapter includes the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and all of the schools of the university.

At KU, only the top 7 percent of seniors, top 4 percent of second-semester juniors with more than 72 credit hours, and top 10 percent of graduate students are asked to join. Phi Kappa Phi's primary objectives are to promote the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students, faculty and others by election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement.

Jeffrey Olafsen, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is president of the KU chapter. Other officers include Adolfo Matamoros, assistant professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, secretary; Jim Miller, associate professor of electrical engineering and computeer science, treasurer; David Darwin, Deane E. Ackers distinguished professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, scholarship and awards chair; and Reta Solwa, senior administrative assistant in the civil, environmental and architectural engineering department, administrator.

The new student members are listed by home county or state at www.news.ku.edu/2005/april/27/directory.shtml.

Home counties in Kansas: Atchison, Barton, Bourbon, Cowley, Dickinson, Douglas, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Harper, Johnson, Leavenworth, Lyon, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Reno, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee and Wyandotte. Other states: Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Other countries: Brazil, France, India and South Korea.

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