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WIU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Honored for Service

November 11, 2021

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MACOMB, IL -- The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recently recognized the Western Illinois University chapter as a Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter. The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in chapter operations, and who demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

The Circle of Excellence program was introduced in 2018. It recognized 74 chapters this year, including 28 with the Silver distinction. Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters on more than 325 select campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines.

"Our chapters are the lifeblood of Phi Kappa Phi. We're proud to recognize and celebrate their success with a Circle of Excellence Award," said acting Society Executive Director Traci Navarre.

The Circle of Excellence Silver honor is given to chapters who scored a 90-94 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Silver distinction, the WIU chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that holds annual initiations, upholds the Society Bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities and submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.

"Our chapter is proud to have been honored by the Phi Kappa Phi national office for our work with student scholars," said WIU Chapter President Jodi K. Pospeschil. "Our executive committee works hard throughout the year to engage the student members of our chapter."

Chapters achieving the Circle of Excellence Silver distinction receive:

• A commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration
• Special recognition on the Phi Kappa Phi website
• Specially-designed logo for use in chapter communications
• A $100 cash award

To learn more about the Circle of Excellence program, visit

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually.

The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. 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.

The Society's mission is, "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others." For more information, visit

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