Fort Hays State University's Dr. Keith Dreiling, instructor of mathematics and computer science, participated as a delegate in the Phi Kappa Phi honor society's 2007 Triennial Convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 9-11.
Dreiling was inducted into the society in 2002 and is a member of the FHSU chapter. He was one of 323 delegates, guests, board members and society headquarters office staff to attend. He participated in the convention representing the FHSU chapter.
"My duties were in two parts," said Dreiling, " to find out more about the organization and learn about some of the online capabilities they have for initiation and to vote."
Delegates elected a new board of directors and voted on bylaws.
At the convention, attendees heard presentations by award winners from Phi Kappa Phi's grant programs, took part in chapter training sessions, managed the society's business and ran elections.
Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897 with headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. It inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. Since its founding, more than one million members have been initiated.
Once inducted, Phi Kappa Phi members gain a lifelong passport to a global network of academic and professional opportunities. Membership is by invitation only and is offered to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.
The society has chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. It awarded approximately $12.7 million since establishing its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $700,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.
The society's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."