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Phi Kappa Phi At The University Of North Alabama Initiates 123 Members

Apr. 29, 2019

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Beth Garfrerick
Department of Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.- The University of North Alabama chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi hadan initiation ceremony April 25 for 129 new members to the national academic honorary. Phi Kappa Phi President Stephanie Montgomery presided over the ceremony, initiating five faculty and administrative staff members, 50 graduate students,and 74 undergraduate students into the prestigious organization. The ceremonytook placeat the Guillot University Center.

To be eligible for membership, juniors must have completed at least 72 semester hours and be in the top 7.5 percent of their class. For juniors this semester, that meant having a grade point average of at least a 3.8481 on a 4.0 grading scale. Seniors must have completed at least 90 semester hours and be in the top 10 percent of their class. For seniors this semester, that meant having a grade point average of at least a 3.7634 on a 4.0 grading scale. Graduate initiates must have completed at least 18 semester hours of graduate work and be in the upper 10 percent of all graduate students.Additionally, the local Chapter elects a small number of outstanding faculty, professional staff,and/or alumni each year. They are chosen on the basis of academic record, professional achievements, and service to higher education.The following is a list of 2019 initiates:

Faculty and Staff

Florence, Ala.:Dr. Ross Alexander, Dr. Chanho Kang, Ron Patterson, Patrick Shremshock, Evan Thornton

Graduate Students

Alabaster, Ala.:Charman Harper,McKenzie Wayman

Arab, Ala.:Candice Fawcett

Ardmore, Ala.:Seth Cox

Birmingham, Ala.:Elisa J. Coker

Canton, Ga.:John Tidwell

Cottondale, Ala.:James Hardemon

Cullman, Ala.:Aimee Camp

Decatur, Ala.:Heather Perry

Ethridge, Tenn.:Hannah Adcock

Florence, Ala.:Laura Beasley, Sandor Dibble, Taylor Goodwin, Alexandra O'Steen, Abigail Smith, Paul Williams, Steven A. Young

Hartselle, Ala.:Cody Terry

Huntsville, Ala.:Kayla Rice

Knoxville, Tenn.:Daryl Johnson

Leighton, Ala.:Kristy Cole, Brandi Malone

Lexington, Ala.:Brandon White

Macon, Ga.:Janis Schoenbeck

Manville, N.J.:Donna Cutler

McCalla, Ala.:Katherine Whitley

Mt. Washington, Ky.:Jeffrey Robinson

Muscle Shoals, Ala.:Kaila Bull

New Albany, Miss.:William Sloan

Noxapater, Miss.:Jonathan Swain

Pelham, Ala.:Jennifer Piziak

Plano, Texas.:Dung Ly Nguyen

Pulaski, Tenn.:Micah Hartsfield

Ripley, Miss.:Brooke Gaillard

Rogersville, Ala.:William T. Davis, Alyssum Reno

Russellville, Ala.:Katherine Bradford, Fabian Cortez

Tianjin, China:Xiaodi Cindy Qin

Trinity, Ala.:Kayla Braidfoot, Rachel Dutton, Blake Ferguson, Lauren Ferguson

Tupelo, Miss.:Cynthia McDaniel

Tuscaloosa, Ala.:Kacie Duncan

Tuscumbia, Ala.:Sheena Burgreen, Justin Sparks, Meghan Unger

Union Grove, Ala.:Amanda Butler

Vestavia, Ala.:Sheena Hadder

Undergraduate Students

Alabaster, Ala.:Rachel Hill

Athens, Ala.:Mariah Belue, Gabel V. Duke, Chloe Greene, Rylee Lefevre, Meredith Murdock, Molly K. Palmer, Brian Presson, Presley Price

Auburn, Ala.:Joy M. Machen

Birmingham, Ala.:Margaret Freeman

Bryant, Ala.:Alexa Dishroon

Crane Hill, Ala.:Sarah Beth Mauldin

Decatur, Ala.:Cara P Humphries,Brody Knight

Florence, Ala.:Kaitlin Cornelius, Mackenzie Cottles, Kevin Hargett, Chase Holcombe, Carly Holland, Abigail Johnson, Hannah Kent, Jessica Luna, Samuel Mashburn, Ryan M. O'Connor, Jessa Plunket, Adrienne Swindle, Elena Tumminello

Gordo, Ala.:Victoria Plowman

Hamilton, Ala.:Anna Beth Kimbrough

Hartselle, Ala.:Katy Bole

Harvest, Ala.:Andrew D. Weis

Hazel Green, Ala.:Katherine Thomas

Hoover, Ala.:Holly Dunbar

Houston, Ala.:Hollison D. Sudduth

Huntsville, Ala.:Hannah Johnson, Callie Kramer, Mariana Sayago

Jacksonville, Ill.:Regan West

Killen, Ala.:Kamryn Trousdale

Kobe, Japan:Joe Nakai

Lawrenceburg, Tenn.:Logan M. Calvert

Loganville, Ga.:Malaisia Stallworth

Loretto, Tenn.:Kayley Allen, Hannah Graves, Emma Roberson

Madison, Ala.:Karnitha M. Steele

Managua, Nicaragua:Karina Juarez

Meridianville, Ala.:Savannah Miller

Morris, Ala.:Brooke Putnam

Muscle Shoals, Ala.:Kara Nix, Brenn Schmittou, Josh Williams

Northport, Ala.:Megan Puckett

Oneonta, Ala.:Morgan Sanders

Scottsboro, Ala.:Allie Roberts,Marianna Royal

Sheffield, Ala.:Brett L. Baker, Christian M. Poag

Shiraoka, Japan:Yui Omameuda

Smyrna, Tenn.:Kylea Carver

Somerville, Ala.:Ian Romine

St. Joseph, Tenn.:Lauren Coggin

Summertown, Tenn.:Maria Kerstiens,Dylan Rose

Trinity, Ala.:Macie C. Randolph

Tuscumbia, Ala.:Samantha Long

Winfield, Ala.:Loreanna M. McKinney

In addition to Prof. Montgomery, other UNA Phi Kappa Phi officers are: Dr. Wayne Bergeron, president-elect; Nikki Michael, vice president, membership; Sherri Hester, vice president, student selection: Prof. Rebecca Hamm, treasurer; Dr. Kristy Oden, secretary; and Chandler Mordedai and Kolby Thrasher, student vice presidents.

About Phi Kappa Phi:Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its 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.

Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci,and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local,and national literacy initiatives.


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.