Pitt State Phi Kappa Phi announces inductees, award winners 

Pittsburg State University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society inducted new members in a ceremony at the Overman Student Center this month. 

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.  

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.  

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The 2023 faculty/staff initiates included:  

  • Jamie L. Rink (Scholarship Coordinator, Student Financial Assistance)  
  • Ruth Monnier (Library Liaison, College of Arts and Sciences)  


The 40 student initiates included:  

  • Prasadi A. Arachchilage 
  • Shelley M. Allen 
  • Casey Becker 
  • Ashok Bhatia 
  • Morgan L. Blalock 
  • Morgan G. Blubaugh 
  • Kassandra J. Burns 
  • Jaime Chapman 
  • Sophia M. Chiappetti 
  • Achsah L. Clark 
  • Mackenzie R. Coester 
  • Meagan Costantini 
  • Shelby A. Denton 
  • Travis L. Dooley 
  • Hannah D. Eckstein 
  • Jarod C. Estrada 
  • Theresa M. Fischer 
  • Matthew L. Golubski 
  • Amanda G. Hampton 
  • Krista A. Hanna 
  • Sarah C. Haskins 
  • Brooke M. Henderson 
  • Anna S. Hogard 
  • Olivia L. Holman 
  • Syed Wali Hyder 
  • Kayla J. Jarett-Rundell 
  • Tucker R. Jessip 
  • Riley Johnson 
  • Udeshika M. K. Arachchige 
  • Brailey L. Koehler 
  • Rebecca A. Lewis 
  • Riley Long 
  • Sheldon L. Martin 
  • Colby M. McManis 
  • Olivia K. Mitchell 
  • Nathaniel S. Parish 
  • Carlie J. Payne 
  • Victoria Poyner 
  • Averi M. Wilson 
  • Danielle K. Wrensch 

Rylee McElroy, a sophomore nursing and Spanish major from Shawnee, Kansas, was awarded a study abroad grant of $1,000 — one of 125 students nationwide to receive the award. McElroy used the grant to study abroad in Alicante, Spain.  

The chapter also announced a $250 scholarship for one new member, Victoria Poyner, to be used toward tuition this fall.