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NMSU?s Phi Kappa Phi honor society moves to Conroy Honors Center

The New Mexico State University chapter of the scholarly honor society Phi Kappa Phi has a new academic home in the William Conroy Honors College.

Previously overseen by the division of Student Affairs, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes academic excellence across all disciplines and is a natural fit for the Honors College, said Dean Miriam Chaiken.

?We are so pleased to support Phi Kappa Phi, which shares our goals of providing opportunities for excellence for the best and brightest students at NMSU,? Chaiken said. ?We look forward to working with the membership of PKP in the coming years on service projects that will benefit the group, the Honors College and our local community.?

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter President Rene Guillaume of the NMSU Department of Educational Leadership and Administration said the move is consistent with how the honor society fits in on other campuses.

?The organization was in great hands in the division of Student Affairs at NMSU,? he explained, ?but the overwhelming majority of Phi Kappa Phi chapters are located within academic units.?

Tony Marin, NMSU?s director of student affairs and a chapter past-president, agreed.

?The move of the NMSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to the Honors College makes sense ? the college houses many prestigious student honor society organizations,? he said. ?The move ensures continuity of the nation?s oldest and premier interdisciplinary honor society on the NMSU campus.?

The NMSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1962 and boasts 329 active members.

The society was founded in 1897 by a small group of students at the University of Maine, and was the first scholarly honor society that recognized excellence across academic disciplines. Today, it is one of the leading honor societies in the world, with hundreds of chapters across the U.S. and the world. Admission is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.

For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit http://www.phikappaphi.org/home. For more information about the NMSU Honors College, visit honors.nmsu.edu.