Dr. Nathan Buckner
of Music and Performing Arts, 308-865-8608

Phi Kappa Phi, the prestigious all-discipline international honor society, has inducted new members at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The organization, which describes itself as the oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines, recognizes and rewards academic success.

Only juniors and seniors enrolled at a college or university with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter are eligible to join the honor society. Juniors must have completed at least 72 credit hours and rank scholastically in the top 7.5 percent of their class, while seniors and graduate students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
Membership is by invitation only. New members inducted into the UNK Phi Kappa Phi chapter this semester are listed below, alphabetically by hometown, with
their majors included.

     Arnold  – Megan Strasburg, elementary education
     Axtell  – Jason Jacobs, criminal justice
     Bertrand  – Brooke McGee, political science
     Brunswick  – Allison Doerr, art history
     Cairo  – Ericka Hadenfeldt, exercise science
     Chadron  – Jonathan Dailey, music
     Franklin  – Brittany Kahrs, elementary education
     Fullerton  – Kristina Davis, elementary education
     Gering  – Jaime Wendt, psychology
     Gothenburg  – Sarah Blecha, business administration
     Grand   Island  – Jennifer Bernth, recreation and park management; Damon
          Watson, German; and Leslie Westover, middle grades education
     Kearney  – Heath Dooley, telecommunications management; Trisha Dunn-Rinke,
          English language arts; Ashley Hellerich, music education; Christine
          Suchsland, communication disorders; and Sarah Westesen, history
     Keystone  – John Auwerda, mathematics education
     Lincoln  – Sara Bom, Spanish translation
     Lindsay  – Candace McPhillips, communication disorders
     Madison  – Kristie Bonner, music; and Stacey Bonner, biology
     Meadow   Grove  – Jill Schwarting, communication disorders
     Milford  – Elisa Eberspacher, elementary education; and Kelsey Muller,
          exercise science
     Miller  – Megan Saathoff, biology
     Naponee  – Lindsay Schluntz, journalism mass media
     Ruskin  – Jerod Petersen, social work; and Stacy Simonsen, psychology
     Scottsbluff  – Martin Demoret, psychology
     Spencer  – Colby Fletcher, exercise science
     St. Libory  – Holly Bader, elementary education
     Superior  – Kassandra Swanson, business administration
     Tilden  – Kyle Petersen, journalism public relations
     Wayne  – John Jensen, political science
     Weeping   Water  – Melanie Spilinek, English
     Wood   River  – LeAnn Vinecourt, biology education
  – James Watson, middle grades education

   City  – Kerri Myers, mathematics education
          Norton  – Amber Norman, chemistry

   ken  – Kenta Kajimoto, pre-veterinary medicine
          Matsumoto  – Ryo Tamura, chemistry

Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction may also be eligible for membership into Phi Kappa Phi.

Four UNK professors, Dr. Ting-Lan Chen, assistant professor of music and performing arts; Dr. Herbert Craig, professor of modern languages; Dr. Kate Heelan, associate professor of HPERLS; and Dr. Theresa Wadkins, associate professor of psychology, are also new Phi Kappa Phi inductees.

The UNK chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was installed in May 2002. Officers for the group include: Dr. Nathan Buckner, associate professor of music and performing arts, president; Jamie Babutzke, a UNK senior majoring in psychobiology, vice president; Dr. Suzanne Maughan, associate professor of sociology, secretary; Dr. Christopher Exstrom, professor of chemistry, treasurer; and Glennis Nagel, UNK senior writer/editor, public relations.  

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine by 10 senior students, two faculty members and the school president. The founding members sought to create an honor society that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, there are nearly 300 Phi Kappa Phi chapters in colleges and universities in the United State, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.