The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, recently recognized the University of New Mexico chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Merit. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

“Phi Kappa Phi is proud of all its chapters, but we are pleased to offer special recognition to those who have achieved the status of Chapter of Merit and Chapter of Excellence,” said Society Executive Director Mary Todd. “The efforts of chapter officers to promote academic excellence on their campuses demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission of Phi Kappa Phi and to their students.”

By receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, the UNM Chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select awards, grants and fellowships.

“The UNM Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is greatly honored and happy to have been chosen for the Chapter of Merit Award,” said chapter President Anita Obermeier. “The University of New Mexico is the only Hispanic-Serving Institution in the U.S. that is also classified a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. The UNM Phi Kappa Phi chapter is very happy to support excellence in the Southwest.”

The UNM Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has over 1,000 members, and the chartered student group Phi Kappa Phi students. Out of 326 chapters, UNM’s was the 17th to be formed. Obermeier looks forward to the society’s centennial in 2016 which she said, “will be celebrated in style.”

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