What is Phi Upsilon Omicron?
Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences. Its purposes are to:
- recognize and encourage academic excellence,
- develop qualities of professional and personal leadership,
- provide opportunities for service to the profession and
- encourage professional and personal commitment to the area of family and consumer sciences.
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.
Eta Chapter, Phi Upsilon Omicron
The purposes of Phi Upsilon Omicron 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 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 2012-13 are:
- Denise Vinardi, President
- Leah Jolosky, Vice-President
- Sonora Drake, Treasurer
- Lauren Brentlinger & Charity Sterling, Initiation Co-Chairs
- Taylor Davis, Secretary / Historian
Initiation Committee: Sonora Drake, Eryn Montonye
Public Relations: Taylor Davis
Fundraiser: Sarah Winters, Star McClellan
Hospitality: Lauren Brentlinger, Courtney Kratzberg
Social Events: Megan Dean, Amanda Eckols
Program: Taylor Ritthaler, LIndsey Greve
Chapter Advisor: Duane Whitbeck
Contact information: Pittstatephiu@hotmail.com
Alumni Chapter Officers: email for more information
Fall 2012 Meeting Dates & Times
Meetings are in room 206 FCS or 114 FCS
Tuesday, September 11th - Phi U sponsored Donut Day
Tuesday, September 18th - Phi U meeting 4:00 pm
September 29th - October 2nd - Phi U national Conclave in Lexington, KY
Wednesday, October 3rd - Phi U meeting 7:30 am
Sunday, October 14th Phi U Fall Initiation at Timmons Chapel - 5:00 pm with reception in the FCS building after
Tuesday, October 16th Phi U Meeting 4:00 pm
Thursday October 25th & Friday October 26th Fall Break
Wednesday, October 31st Phi U Meeting 7:30 am
Tuesday, November 6th Election Day
Tuesday, November 13th Phi U Meeting 4:00 pm
Wednesday, November 28th Phi U meeting 7:30 am
Sunday October 14, 2012 5:00 - 5:30 in Timmons Chapel
Reception to follow in the FCS Building
Fall 2012 Conclave in Lexington, Kentucky, September 30-October 2, 2012