Katie Hillman – Staff Writer
CLARION, Pa.- Clarion University’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma welcomed new members during their initiation ceremony April 23 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room (MPR).
According to the Phi Eta Sigma website, the organization is “the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first year college and university students in all disciplines.” It was founded in 1923 and came to Clarion 60 years later.
Clarion’s initiation ceremony was a formal ceremony that inducted 113 new members into the chapter. Chapter President Ellen Bossert, Vice President Kristi Kraft, Senior Advisor Courtney McMurray, Community Service Chair Kelly McCorkle and Faculty Advisor Erin Lewis were all involved in the process. Dr. Suzie Boyden served as the keynote speaker.
Students who wish to join Phi Eta Sigma must meet specific academic requirements during the fall semester of their freshman year. Requirements include starting in the fall, being a full-time student, earning a 3.5 or higher grade point average and earning at least 12 credits before the start of the spring semester, while having transferred 20 or fewer credits.
Clarion’s chapter gathers a data report of all first semester students who meet the credit requirements and send a letter and an email offering membership to qualifying students. Once students accept the membership, they are inducted into the chapter in the spring.
During the ceremony, three students were awarded scholarships. McCorkle received $750 from a Phi Eta Sigma Foundation Scholarship. Bridget Klein also received the Foundation Scholarship for $250. The chapter also introduced a new scholarship for the new inductees; Brianna Shepard received the new scholarship for $200.
During the academic year, Phi Eta Sigma hosts various community service events including soup kitchen work and volunteering to help at animal shelters. The events they host depend on the interests of the group from year to year.
Click here for more information on Clarion’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma or contact Erin Lewis at 814-393-2323 or email@example.com.