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Duquesne University Recognized as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Merit

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi-the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines-recently recognized the Duquesne University chapter as one of only 50 Chapters of Merit. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

"Phi Kappa Phi is proud of all its chapters, but we are pleased to offer special recognition to those who have achieved the status of Chapter of Merit and Chapter of Excellence," said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. "The efforts of chapter officers to promote academic excellence on their campuses demonstrate their strong commitment to the mission of Phi Kappa Phi and to their students."

Duquesne's chapter, chartered in 1975, received the Chapter of Merit honor last year as well as this year-despite the possibility of its dissolving due to inactivity at one point  during its history, said Dr. Laverna Saunders, University librarian and immediate past president. "Receiving the Chapter of Merit honor from national in 2012 was meaningful because we had worked hard for six years to meet expectations. Now we are trying to sustain our efforts, so this recognition acknowledges our success with this goal."

By receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, the chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi's select awards, grants, and fellowships. One of the chapter's student scholarship nominees received a $5,000 scholarship and two others students earned Love of Learning awards worth $500. The Duquesne chapter also hosted a regional meeting of chapter leaders in May. With 206 members, including academic leaders and many faculty, the chapter inducted 68 students and five faculty/staff members this year.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.