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Phi Kappa Phi Celebrates Anniversary with Week of Events

Contact Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 30, 2012) – The University of Central Missouri Chapter 135 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a week of events planned for April 9-15.

Patricia Friedrichsen
Patricia Friedrichsen

Exploring the theme of evolution, the week of activities begins with the showing of the film “Kansas vs. Darwin” at 6 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the Laura J. Nahm Auditorium.

On Tuesday, April 10, a brown bag lunch forum titled “PKP is Here for You! Support Opportunities for Study Abroad” is planned for noon in Elliott Union 125, with Greg Streich, professor of political science, and Joy Stevenson, director of the UCM International Center, presiding.

A Phi Kappa Phi forum, “Teaching Evolution in Higher Education,” is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Elliott Union 219. Patricia Friedrichsen, associate professor at the University of Missouri jointly appointed to the Division of Biological Sciences and the Department of Learning, will be the keynote speaker. Friedrichson researches secondary science teacher learning across the continuum from teacher recruitment to induction to the development of teacher leaders. In a project funded by the National Science Foundation, she is developing and teaching an evolution course that addresses the unique needs of secondary biology teahers

Amber Clifford, assistant professor of anthropology at UCM, will moderate the forum, with panel members Vicki Jackson, associate professor of biology and earth science; Jim Loch, professor of biology and earth science; and Jeff Yelton, associate professor of anthropology.

A second brown bag lunch discussion is planned for noon Thursday, April 12, in Elliott Union 233. PKP support opportunities in securing grants and fellowships will be the topic of discussion, with Amber Closterman, vice president of UCM Chapter 135, and Dianna Bryant, associate professor in the UCM Institute for Rural Emergency Management, presiding.

Paul Decelles
Paul Decelles

The Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 135 Spring Meeting and Reception honoring charter members of the UCM chapter is planned for 3 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Elliott Union 235. The 40th Anniversary Initiation ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Elliott Union 236.

Paul Decelles, professor of biology at Johnson County Community College, will be the keynote speaker on the topic “George Price and the Evolution of Altruism.”

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. 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. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. Since its founding in 1897, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, writer John Grisham, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, and Netscape founder James Barksdale.

Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on nearly 300 select college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."