Academic Wall of Honor dedicated at FHSU's Forsyth Library
05/09/2003

A wall dedicated to the honor societies of Fort Hays State University was dedicated at a ceremony this morning in the main lobby of the university's Forsyth Library.

Each of the 25 plaques spreading across the top of the Academic Wall of Honor records the name of a society representing an academic discipline and when the chapter was founded at FHSU.

"The honor societies named on this wall represent the highest aims of Fort Hays State University," said President Edward H. Hammond.

"These societies comprise the best students and the best faculty in their respective disciplines. They are the thinkers, the leaders, innovators and the seekers of excellence. Those are all qualities that our university seeks to exemplify, and I am proud today to help dedicate a monument to the people of our institution who, from our inception to now, seek the same standard of excellence in their own work and lives."

Hammond introduced John Ross, director of Forsyth Library.

"First, I want to acknowledge the effort and time given by Dr. Jean Gleichsner, as president of Phi Kappa Phi, toward the building of the Academic Wall of Honor," said Ross.

Gleichsner, an associate professor of agriculture, worked for more than a year to make the Academic Wall of Honor a reality, said Ross. She made all the contacts with the various organizations, gathered information, supervised arrangements for the design and acquisition of the plaques and worked with the vendors, said Ross.

He continued, "As Director of Forsyth Library, I am truly thrilled to have the opportunity to see this effort become a reality. We can never honor academic excellence enough and can never spend enough time saluting our students and faculty for their work in the classroom. When I look at the plaques that grace this wall, I can only think about the wonderful qualities of this university. I only hope that we can add more features to this wall and that we can continue to impress on our incoming and current students that 'success' and 'excellence' walk hand-in-hand."

Ross introduced Gleichsner, president of Phi Kappa Phi, an all-discipline honor society.

"I am extremely pleased to see the Academic Wall of Honors come into existence," said Gleichsner. "It recognizes the academic accomplishments of the best and brightest students at Fort Hays State University."

The societies represented on the Academic Wall of Honor are listed below, in the order in which the chapters were formed at FHSU, with the discipline each represents and its motto.

Pi Omega Pi -- Lambda Chapter
National Honor Society for Business Teacher Education
?Loyalty, Service, Progress?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1929

Sigma Pi Sigma
The National Physics Honor Society
?Investigation, the Forerunner of Knowledge?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1939

Alpha Epsilon Rho
The Honor Society of the National Broadcasting Society
"The Future of Broadcasting...Since 1943"
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1952

Kappa Mu Epsilon
National Mathematics Honor Society
?Develop an Appreciation for the Beauty of Mathematics?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1952

Phi Kappa Phi
All Discipline Honor Society
?Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1954

Epsilon Pi Tau -- Beta Theta Chapter
International Honorary for Professions in Technology
?Excellence in Preparation, Excellence in Practice?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1959

Phi Alpha Theta -- Eta Psi Chapter
History Honor Society
?Seek Truth?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1960

Delta Tau Alpha
National Agricultural Honor Society
?Dedicated to Agriculture?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1961

Alpha Lambda Delta
National Honor Society for First Year Students
"We Pass Our Torches, One to Another."
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1964

Phi Eta Sigma
National Freshman Honorary Society
?Knowledge is Power?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1964

Sigma Xi
The Scientific Research Society
?Companions in Zealous Research?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1964

Spurs
Sophomore Honor Society
?At Your Service?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1964

Psi Chi
The National Honor Society in Psychology
?Promoting Excellence in Psychology?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1970

Mortar Board
National College Senior Honor Society
?Scholars?Chosen for Leadership?United to Serve?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1971

Alpha Kappa Delta - Epsilon Chapter
International Sociology Honor Society
?Research and Service for Humankind?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1978

Order of Omega
Greek Leadership Honor Society
?Honoring Greek Leaders Since 1959.?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1978

Phi Sigma Iota -- Delta Nu Chapter
International Foreign Language Honor Society
?Friendship, Scholarship, Love of Language?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1988

Sigma Tau Delta -- Rho Psi Chapter
The International English Honor Society
?Sincerity, Truth, Design?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1989

Phi Epsilon Kappa -- Delta Theta Chapter
National Professional Fraternity for Persons Engaged in or Pursuing Careers in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, or Safety
?Friendship Hath Power?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1990

Sigma Theta Tau -- Nu Zeta Chapter
International Honor Society of Nursing
"Dedicated to Improving the Health of People Worldwide"
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1992

Phi Alpha -- Epsilon Omicron Chapter
A National Honor Society for Social Work Students
?Through Knowledge ? The Challenge to Serve?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1995

Pi Sigma Alpha -- Upsilon Omicron Chapter
The National Political Science Honor Society
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 1995

Kappa Delta Pi
International Honor Society in Education
?Dedicated to Scholarship and Excellence in Education?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 2000

National Society of Collegiate Scholars
National Honors Organization for First and Second Year Students
?Education is the Path to Achievement?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 2002

Omicron Delta Kappa
The National Leadership Honor Society
?Success Achieved in Worthy Undertakings?
Chartered at Fort Hays State University in 2003


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