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Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 08 (Nevada)

Chapter Officers 2013-2014
2013-2014 Chapter Officers L-R: Brianna Mehlhaff, Lara Niehues (Student Vice-Presidents), Dr. John Pettey (President), Dr. Derek Furukawa (Vice-President), Dr. Daniel Villanueva (Secretary), Dr. Tamara Valentine (Treasurer)

Chapter 08 (Nevada) Meetings and Activities

The University of Nevada, Reno PKP Chapter (08) holds meetings once a month each fall and spring semester, and at least one meeting during the summer. Our activities include sponsored speeches, Chapter information sessions, Honors Societies presentations and an annual Induction Ceremony each April. For information on our Chaper meetings or other activities, please see our President's letter below and feel free to contact our President, Dr. John Pettey ( with any questions.

Next Chapter Meeting: Wednesday, March 26th, 3:00 PM, Honors Program classroom (JTB 11A)

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Minutes of Chapter meetings (in Adobe .pdf format)

2013     May 29     August 14     September 9     October 30     December 4
2014     January 22     February 19     March 26     April 16

Letter from Chapter 08 President (Spring 2014)

Here are some important Spring 2014 dates for student inductees into Phi Kappa Phi and for faculty members of the National Honor Society.

For student inductees:

On Tuesday, 11 March, at 3:00 PM in JCSU 320 and Wednesday, 12 March, at 6:00 PM in JCSU 320, Chapter 08 will hold its Information Day for those students who have been asked to join Phi Kappa Phi.  In those two informational sessions potential members will have the opportunity to receive information and ask questions about certain benefits of membership.  

Tuesday, 8 April, has been chosen by Chapter 08 as the date for the induction ceremony for new student and new faculty members into Phi Kappa Phi.  The ceremony will be held from 2-5PM in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom.  The guest speaker this year will be Prof. Stephanie Bor of the Reynolds School of Journalism.  Prof. Bor’s teaching focuses primarily on electronic media and cultural studies, while her research explores the influence of digital technologies on political communication.

The National headquarters of Phi Kappa Phi has designated Tuesday, 15 April, as the deadline for student applications for the 2014 Fellowship.  Students interested in this prestigious fellowship should contact Prof. Tamara Valentine at the Honors Program.

For faculty members of Phi Kappa Phi:

The Chapter 08 of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is offering a grant of $500 for the academic year 2014-2015 or Summer 2014 to one faculty member (academic or administrative) for the purpose of research or teaching enhancement.  The proposal may be used for travel, though that is not a requirement. The applicant must be a current member of Phi Kappa to become the recipient of this grant.  Officers of Chapter 08 may not apply for this grant.  Those interested in applying need to send the following three (3) items:

  1. A cover letter with a description of the proposal for research or teaching enhancement, including the envisioned goal of the proposal;
  2. An itemized budget for the proposal; and
  3. An updated c.v.

No letter(s) of recommendation are required.  Applications are due no later than 24 March 2014.

Please, send the application materials to:

Dr. John Pettey, President,Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 08
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures (MS 0100)
University of Nevada, Reno


The primary objective of the national Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. The Society is convinced that in recognizing and honoring those persons of good character who have excelled in scholarship, in whatever field, it will stimulate others to strive for excellence. Moreover, the Society serves the interests of the student capable of excellence by insisting that in order to acquire a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, an institution provide the means and atmosphere conducive to academic excellence.


The criteria and limits observed in electing persons to membership, whether undergraduates, graduate students, faculty or honorary members, are set forth in the national standards for eligibility which can be found here:

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi

  • Admission is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter, in this case Chapter 08 (University of Nevada).
  • Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary society or fraternity. Membership is earned; it is a true honor.
  • Meeting Phi Kappa Phi's criteria signifies excellence which, in turn, signifies distinction.
  • Because of their outstanding records, members of Phi Kappa Phi often are preferred candidates for grants, scholarships and fellowships from institutions where they may continue their education or do research. When they seek jobs, they find their Phi Kappa Phi membership is widely accepted as an indicator of academic ability and motivation.
  • Phi Kappa Phi, being interdisciplinary and thus drawing membership from all colleges, divisions, or departments within the academic institution, is a unifying force in education today. It is in a unique position to cultivate consciousness of relationships by bringing together individuals from a variety of disciplines. It promotes the intellectual life of the community.
  • The academic variety within the Society's membership acquaints initiates with many options if they are in the process of trying to decide upon a career.
  • Members are eligible for Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships.
  • Active members receive National Forum: The Phi Kappa Phi Journal enabling them to keep abreast of significant cultural, social and scientific issues.
  • Active members receive the Newsletter, enabling them to share in the national activities and programs of the Society and of its members.
  • Phi Kappa Phi insists upon high quality in the institutions to which it grants chapters, e.g., strong faculties and ample libraries. It thus fulfills an obligation to assure its initiates that they are coming into a truly significant organization.
  • Phi Kappa Phi provides for the association of kindred spirits—kindred in the sense of having integrity of character and the highest ideals, as well as an abiding love of learning.

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