Dr. Chris Exstrom
professor of chemistry, 308-865-8565,

Phi Kappa Phi honor society at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently initiated faculty and students in special ceremonies on the campus.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society that recognizes excellence and achievement in all academic disciplines. Students and faculty are inducted into the honor society each year. Students are recognized for their academic achievement while faculty are recognized for exemplification standards of higher learning.

Among the benefits to students are formal recognition of academic achievement and opportunities to apply for fellowships

for graduate school and study abroad programs.

Students are nominated based on class standing (top 10% in GPA of seniors and top 7.5% of juniors), and after approval by the chapter members, they are invited to join Phi Kappa Phi.

Student initiates, listed alphabetically by hometown, include:
Ainsworth- Kandra Johnson
Alliance- Kaleena Morehead and James Reynolds
Butte- Cristy Brooks
Central City- Shauna Birchard
Elwood- Myndee Stoll
Genoa- Wendy Cremers
Grand Island- Heidi Ruzicka
Hastings- Kenneth Gallagher
Inman- Sarah Tompkins
Johnson- Rachel Gerdes
Kearney- Sara Beckenhauer, Laura Bradshaw, Jessica Isaac, Jonathan Kottich, Ashley Mangabat and Kathleen Naughtin
Lincoln- Andrea Herndon
Loup City- Deanna Tiller
McCook- Amanda Peterson
Norfolk- Kaitlinn Whitten
North Loup- Angela Jensen
North Platte- Rae Correll, Kevin McKay and Kristen Miller
Ogallala– Erica Chu
Page- Becky Duhachek
Ravenna- Cynthia Waskowiak
West Point- Laura Erb
Wilber- Cody Sasek

Kensington- Jennifer Bienhoff
Nagoya-shi- Nobutoshi Ota

UNK faculty inducted, listed alphabetically by last name, include:

Dr. Mary Ailes, associate professor of history
Dr. Kurt Borchard, associate professor of sociology, geography and earth sciences
Dr. Timothy Burkink, associate dean of the college of Business and Technology
Dr. Jeanne Butler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Diane Duffin, associate professor of political science
Sherri Harms, assistant professor of computer science
Dr. John Hastings, assistant professor of computer science
Sam Lopez, assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation
Dr. Robert Luscher, professor of English
Dr. Kyle Luthans, associate professor of management/marketing
Dr. Bill Wozniak, professor of psychology, director of general studies
Dr. Maha Younes, associate professor of criminal justice and social work
Dr. Gail Zeller, director of the Center for Academic Success

UNK Phi Kappa Phi Chapter officers, listed alphabetically by office, include:

President- Dr. Krista Forrest, associate professor of psychology
President-Elect- Dr. Nathan Buckner, associate professor of music
Secretary – Dr. Suzanne Maughan, assistant professor of sociology
Treasurer- Dr. Christopher Exstrom, associate professor of chemistry