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Family and Consumer Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. Duane Whitbeck

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Contact Person:
Holly Viets

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Phone: 620-235-4457
Fax: 620-235-4686

Family & Consumer Sciences
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phi U Conclave 2013, Lexington, KY (Group shot)

What is Phi Upsilon Omicron?

Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences. Its purposes are to:

  • Recognize and promote academic excellence.
  • Enhance qualities of leadership by providing opportunities for service.
  • Encourage lifelong learning and commitment to advance family and consumer sciences and related areas.

Phi Upsilon Omicron was founded in 1910 at the University of Minnesota, there are currently 59 different Phi U chapters in the United States and one international chapter.

View Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society's Organization and Administration

View the Conclave Photo Galleries on the FCS Galleries page

View scholarships offered by Phi Upsilon Honor Society's national organization

Phi U at PSU

The Eta Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron was established in 1920 at what is now PSU.

To be eligible for membership in the honor society, students must be in the top 35% of their class, be of good character and show leadership potential. Eta Chapter holds both fall and spring initiations.

The Eta Chapter holds monthly meetings, fund-raisers, and professional projects. In 2002, we started the "Angel Tree." Each year it has been a huge success. In 2004, we helped 125 children "Angels" in the Pittsburg area. In 2005, this number increased to over 175 children. The 2004 project received university and district awards. We have continued this project through the years to help the community during upcoming holiday seasons.

Since 2009 Phi U has taken on a recycling project at the end of Spring semester to help people recycle posessions as they prepare to leave the campus for the summer.  in the past there has been dumpsters full of furniture, clothing, and other objects that are still in good to excellent condition.  These have been collected and sent to the Wesley House or Salvation Army.

Officers for Spring 2018

     President: Cassidy Bingham

     Vice-President: Alexius Amos

     Treasurer: Dereka Swaim

     Initiation Co-Chairs:  Erika Lundstrom

     Public relations:  Abby Julian

Chapter Committees
Initiation Committee:                 Public Relations:                    Fundraiser:                           Hospitality: 
Social Events:                            Program:

Chapter Adviser:  Goldie Prelogar

Financial Advisers: Duane Whitbeck

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Alumni Chapter Officers: email for more information

Fall 2013 Meeting Dates & Events

Meetings are in room 206 FCS

Friday, September 6th - Phi U meeting  8:00 am
Friday September 27th - Phi U meeting  8:00 am
Sunday, September 29th  Phi U Fall Initiation at Timmons Chapel - 2:00 pm with reception in the FCS building after
Friday, October 18th Phi U Meeting 8:00 am
Friday, November 8th  Phi U Meeting  8:00 am
Friday, December 6th Phi U meeting  8:00 am

Fall 2014 Conclave in Boise, Idaho, September 25 - 27, 2014