JACKSON, MS – An alumni chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been chartered at Western Illinois University. Western Illinois University is a public university located in Macomb, Illinois.
Founding Members of the Western Illinois University Alumni Association are pictured during their Chartering Ceremony.
Fifteen Phi Theta Kappa alumni were inducted as charter members of the alumni association in a ceremony held September 25, 2013. Dr. Richard Hardy, Professor of Political Science and Interim Dean of the Honors College, will serve as the association advisor. Alli Reed, inducted into Upsilon Mu Chapter at Central Illinois College, will serve as Association President.
“Chartering an association was important to me because I felt lost when I first transferred to WIU,” Reed said. “I had to overcome the obstacles of being a first-year junior and an older student. I envision Western providing a home for transfer students, helping to provide a bridge for current and future transfer students with the WIU and Macomb community.”
She continued, “I also think it is important to provide these intelligent hard working students with a community of fellow Phi Theta Kappa alumni who have similar goals and aspirations for higher education, Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.”
University-based Alumni Associations support Phi Theta Kappa members as they approach and complete the transfer process from the community college to a university. In this case, the association will be linked with the Honors College, further demonstrating the educational capabilities of Phi Theta Kappa members.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.