Phi Kappa Phi honor society adds 19 new members

Phi Kappa Phi logoKEARNEY – Eighteen students and one senior administrator are the newest members of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Phi Kappa Phi promotes academic excellence and is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Standards for election are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

UNK hosted its initiation ceremony April 12, when new members were given a certificate, pin and honor cord to wear at commencement.

Peter C. Longo was the guest speaker. He was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 2007, received his bachelor’s degree in biology from UNK in 2008, doctor of dental surgery from University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 2012 and master’s degree in orthodontics from Marquette University in 2014.

Longo recently established an orthodontics practice in Kearney.

Charles Bicak, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi as a faculty member.

UNK students initiated into Phi Kappa Phi:
Bennington – Victoria Klaus, music education
Cairo – Mary Irvine, social work comprehensive
Cambridge – Lindsey Eubanks, exercise science
Columbus – Rachel E. Wemhoff, biology / pre-medicine
Eustis – Joleen Rupe, business administration
Genoa – Amber Hagerbaumer, business administration
Greeley – Ashley Dugan, business administration
Kearney – Connor Schulte, organizational communication
Lincoln – Megan Forgey, international studies; Mallory Noakes, elementary education.
Mitchell – Matthew Powell, music comprehensive
North Platte – Danielle Deturk, social work
Omaha – Darti Jensen, elementary education
Rockville – Natalie Hanisch, mathematics
Scottsbluff – Megan Brown, elementary education
St. Paul – Danielle Cook, communication disorders
Wallace – John Lempke, music performance
Weeping Water – Christine M. Laughlin, business administration



Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,

Contact: Ron Wirtz, assistant director Learning Commons, 308.865.8592,

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