Spring 2014 Annual Banquet and Induction Ceremony
Chapter 143 Anual Banquet and Induction Ceremony was held on
March 19, 2014 at The Georgetown, Youngstown, Ohio.
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Fall 2013 Chapter Luncheon and Meeting
Dr. Ronda Dunn gave a fantastic presentation during our Fall chapter luncheon on October 9th. Michelle Kordupel enlightened us all with her presentation about her study abroad experience.
Spring 2014 Chapter Luncheon and Meeting
The spring 2014 chapter luncheon was held in the Presidents' Suites, Kilcawley Center on April 15, 2014. Dr. Ikram Khawaja provided an inspirational talk sharing some of his wisdom and experiences at Youngstown State University.
Dr. Ikram Khawaja, Interim President of YSU
Becky Geltz recieved the Distinguished Member Award. Congratulations to Becky!
Becky Geltz and Chritine Cobb.
Spring 2013 Chapter Luncheon and Meeting
The spring 2013 chapter luncheon was held in the Presidents' Suites, Kilcawley Center on April 8, 2013. Dr. Cynthia Anderson, President of Youngstown State University was the featured speaker.
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Fall 2012 Chapter Luncheon and Meeting
The fall 2012 chapter luncheon was held in the Presidential Suite, Kilcawley Center. The featured speaker Phil Kidd, YSU Phi Kappa Phi alumnus, founder of the “Defend Youngstown” movement and owner of Youngstown Nation, a gift shop and information center in downtown Youngstown. Check out Phil's Blog | Defend Youngstown and business | Youngstown Nation. Photo by Dr. Rick Shale.
Spring 2012 Chapter Luncheon and Meeting
The spring 2012 chapter luncheon was held in the Presidential Suite, Kilcawley Center. The featured speakers were Cory Okular and Chapter 143 Distinguished Member Ron Shaklee.
Spring 2012 Chapter Convocation and Banquet
Chapter 143 held its spring 2012 banquet and convocation on February 23, 2012, in the Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center. | Photos
2014 Chapter Award Winners
Congratulations to the following award winners:
Gratia Murphy Award:
2013 Chapter Award Winners
Congratulations to the following award winners:
Gratia Murphy Award:
Jayne Catlos and Holly Vavlas
Gratia Murphy Award:
Jayne Catlos and Holly Vavlas
John Loch Scholarship:
Cory Okular (National Fellowship Nominee)
Dean’s Scholarship: Mark Radetic and Stephen Rakocy
Study Abroad Scholarship:
Reflections from Study Abroad Grant Recipient Justin McIntyre
YSU student Justin McIntyre, recipient of a Phi Kappa Phi Study-Abroad Grant for summer 2010, spent June 12-August 22, 2010, visiting 10 countries: Canada, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. That's Justin on the far right of the photo to the right, taken at Trevi Fountain in Rome. Here are some of Justin's reflections on the trip:
I knew that I cared about the world before I left for Semester at Sea. How can you be a Political Science and History major with a focus on International Affairs and not care? But now, it’s much more relative. I’ve seen the people of Catalonia struggle for their identity as they are swallowed by the overwhelming culture of Spain. I’ve walked through the lost city of Pompeii in Italy and taken my mind back to what it must have been like to live there. I’ve kayaked along the city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia, and realized that these walls were for more than beauty; they protected the people of that city from Venetian vessels.
I slept on the floor of a dirty ferry for more than 8 hours, only to arrive at the most beautiful island in Greece-Santorini--with the most beautiful group of friends that I could ask for. I’ve walked through the Grand Bazaar of Turkey and made friends with the local whom we inappropriately tagged as greedy profiteers; instead, many were only looking for one more friend.
I’ve seen the entire country of Egypt, traveling north and south along the Nile River--a very austere experience--and Egypt certainly left a permanent impression on me beyond the well-known pyramids or statues. I have hiked through the Berber Villages of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco with a group of 33 Semester at Sea students who were all very eager to challenge themselves, learn, and have a great time, despite the fact that many of us did not shower for several days. And those are only a handful of my memories . . . .
Reflections from Study Abroad Grant Recipient Christopher Farmakis
YSU student Christopher Farmakis, who also received a Phi Kappa Phi Study-Abroad Grant, spent time in 2010 studying in Costa Rica (see the photo of Chris in Costa Rica below). Read Chris's reflections on the trip:
Scanning the valley's lush landscape below, I prepare for one of the scariest yet thrilling moments of my life. . . . [T]he guide gives me a glance, grins in the traditional, vigorous way of his people, and exclaims, "Pura Vida!" as he gives a shove and thrusts me down the zip line.
. . . Soaring rapidly through the thin, cold, and pure air, I glance below at the canopy of broccoli-top trees from which plays a symphony of sounds. . . . To my left stands the silhouette of Arenal Volcano, its eruptions of ash clouds commanding the respect of all who gaze upon it. To my right stretch valleys and gorges of green which lie between the reverent mountains of Monteverde. As I question to myself, "How can such vastness of beauty exist in this minuscule nation?" the cotton-like clouds drift nearby and begin to intersperse themselves along my flight path. They welcome me in their soft embrace, and I lose myself in their dimensionless, white interior.
. . . [N]othing could better capture my impression of this nation than the famous phrase of its people, Pura Vida. Amongst people in typical conversation, Pura Vida [means] "all is well" or simply "good." Yet, although it consists of only two words, the phrase reveals far more profound aspects of the Costa Rican people and culture. . . .
To read about these aspects and to learn why Chris returned from his studies committed to sharing the Pura Vida with the world, read his reflections.
YSU's Chapter 143 Recognized as a 2009-10 Chapter of Excellence
The following press release from Phi Kappa Phi headquarters recognizes Chapter 143 as a 2009-10 Chapter of Excellence. Congratulations to all who helped Chapter 143 earn this recognition!
Baton Rouge, Louisiana—The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently recognized the campus chapter Youngstown State University as a Chapter of Excellence. The award, presented at the organization's national biennial convention last month in Kansas City, Mo., 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. "Those chapters that have earned Chapter of Excellence status are led by committed officers who give generously of their time and talent to honor outstanding students," said Perry A. Snyder, the Society’s executive director. He added, "Officers of award-winning chapters live out their personal commitment to honor and excellence through Phi Kappa Phi." By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, Youngstown State University’s chapter is being recognized as a thriving organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi's select scholarships, grants, and fellowships. The Chapter of Excellence Award includes:
- a citation from the Society president
- a commendation letter sent to chapter officers and campus administration
- special recognition on Society Web site, publications and at Phi Kappa Phi's National Convention
- specially designed logo for use in chapter communications
- $500 award
National Phi Kappa Phi Award Winners
King, whose term as President of Chapter 143 ended in summer 2010,
received a 2010 national Phi Kappa Phi literacy grant to provide GED
materials in English and Spanish to a regional correctional center.
YSU's Phi Kappa Phi student organization, in collaboration with the
students of United Purpose, will provide instruction to inmates
planning to take the GED. For more information,
see the June 2010
press release. Congratulations, Tammy!
Congratulations also to
Youngstown State University
students Justin McIntyre and Christopher Farmakis, recipients of
national Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants for 2010 (see Justin's
reflections above). Each grant
provides $1000 in support of study abroad opportunities.
Chris, a 2007 graduate of
Austintown Fitch High School and a Biology/Pre Med major at YSU,
will engage in a study-abroad experience in Costa Rica. Justin, a
2008 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School and a Political Science
major at YSU, will participate in a semester-at-sea program during
YSU Students Earn National and Local Phi Kappa Phi
Congratulations to YSU Math
major Tyler Drombosky (pictured
right), recipient of a $2,000 Award of Excellence in
the 2009 national Phi Kappa Phi scholarship competition! After a
study-abroad experience in Budapest, Tyler will graduate from YSU in summer 2009
and enter graduate school at the University of Maryland in the fall.
Tyler also received Chapter 143's 2009 John R. Loch Scholarship to
pursue graduate study--a $1,000 scholarship awarded at the Chapter's
spring banquet and induction ceremony. Since Tyler was in Budapest
at the time of the induction, Student Vice President Joree Jacobs
read his reflections (attached as a
Word file) to
initiates and guests attending the ceremony.
Congratulations also to YSU
students Brian Garcar (left), an Integrated Math Education major, and Justin McIntyre
a Political Science and Criminal Justice major, recipients of 2009
national Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Awards! These awards of $250
recognize past and current academic achievement, as well as
scholarly potential. Both recipients are Leslie H. Cochran scholars
at YSU. (Photo by Bruce
Chapter 143 awarded its 2009
Mavrigian-Grim Scholarship--also a $1,000 scholarship--to Lauren
Hess (pictured right with Dr.
Ron Shaklee, director of YSU's Scholars and Honors Programs), a Vocal Performance major in YSU's Dana School of Music. After
graduation, Lauren will further her studies at the master's level.
In her reflections (attached as an
rtf file), Lauren speaks about her experiences in the Dana
School of Music and the Youngtown community.
In addition to the Chapter
awards, the Chapter was happy to present Deans' Awards to two
students in YSU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences who
exemplify the "Love of Learning." Kathleen Kennedy, a student
majoring in Economics, and Katherine Pylypiak, a Psychology major,
received $500 Deans' Scholarships at the 2009 induction ceremony.
Many thanks to Dean Shearle Furnish and the College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences for supporting these two awards.
Through the secure "members only" portion of the
Phi Kappa Phi web
site, active (dues-paying) members may now post their résumés online
free of charge. Members may also purchase merchandise online and
receive discounts on Dell products.
Member résumés will be made available at no charge to employers
seeking top-quality candidates for available positions. Employers will
be able to search for potential candidates in several ways, including
fields of study, experience, job category, and region. Posting your
résumé online with Phi Kappa Phi is a great way to avail yourself of
potential career opportunities.
In addition, you
can now purchase Phi Kappa Phi merchandise anytime day or night
directly from the Phi Kappa Phi web site. Ordering and displaying
your Phi Kappa Phi affiliation has never been easier.
The web site features individual pictures of merchandise so that
members can see exactly what they order. The simple set up of the
online store allows members to navigate easily through the items.
All you need to access the résumé database and the online
merchandise store are your Phi Kappa Phi member number and password.
Instructions for obtaining your login information are available via the
Phi Kappa Phi web site at
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