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Spring 2015 Initiation Banquet

Spring 2015 Luncheon

Fall 2014 Luncheon

2015 Award Winners

Award Winners

Reflections from Study Abroad Grant Recipient Justin McIntyre

Reflections from Study Abroad Grant Recipient Chris Farmakis

Chapter 143, Chapter of Excellence

YSU 2010 National Award Winners

2008 National Award Winners

Rotary Scholarship Recipient

2008 National Fellowship Winner

2007 National Award Winners

2006 Fellowship Winner

PKP National News


Spring 2015 Annual Banquet and Induction Ceremony

The Chapter 143 Annual Banquet and Induction Ceremony will be held on March 25, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

Banquet Reservation Form

Location: Antone's Banquet Center
8578 Market Street
Youngstown, OH 44512
Phone: 330.726.2454

See All Photos from our 2014 Banquet.

Spring 2015 Chapter Luncheon and Meeting

The spring 2015 chapter luncheon will be held in the Gallery, Kilcawley Center on April 13, 2015 - 11:30am-1:30pm

YSU President James P. Tressel
Keynote Speaker: James P. Tressel YSU President and Phi Kappa Phi Member
April 13, 2015
Registration and Information

Dr. Ron Shaklee Appointed to PKP Fellowship Committee

Dr. Ron Shaklee, Director of the University Scholars and Honors Programs at YSU and President of Chapter 143 (YSU) of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, has been appointed to serve on the Graduate Fellowship Committee for the national organization. The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Committee consists of five faculty members chosen from member institutions. It is a very prestigious appointment that consists of a two-year term. The committee evaluates over three hundred applicants submitted for fellowship consideration. Each active Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is allowed to submit one candidate for fellowship consideration. A total of $345,000 in scholarship support is awarded. Fifty-one scholarships are awarded in the amount of $5000 are awarded. An additional six scholarships totaling $15,000 each are awarded to select applicants.

Fall 2014 Chapter Luncheon and Meeting

Two excellent speakers will be featured. Come join us!

~ Katelyn Kridler ~ Summer study abroad in Spain

~ Kristi Yazvac ~ Summer internship in Washington D.C.

Information and regisration form

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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

Dr. Ikram Khawaja, Interim President of YSU

Becky Geltz recieved the Distinguished Member Award. Congratulations to Becky!

Becky Geltz and Christine Cobb

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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President AndersonAward winners and Dr. Anderson

Fall 2012 Chapter Luncheon and Meeting

Image of Mr. Phil Kidd
Phil Kidd

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

2015 Chapter Award Winner

Congratulations to the following award winner:

Gratia Murphy Award:
Chaz Burger

2014 Chapter Award Winners

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Gratia Murphy Award:
Mariah Tomo

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)

Mavrigian-Grim Scholarship:
Kathleen Smith

Dean’s Scholarship: Mark Radetic and Stephen Rakocy

Study Abroad Scholarship:
Michelle Kordupel

Reflections from Study Abroad Grant Recipient Justin McIntyre

Photo of Justin and Friends at Trevi FountainYSU 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:

Photo of Chris Farmakas in Costa RicaScanning 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.

Chapter of Excellence LogoYSU'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

YSU's 2010 National Phi Kappa Phi Award Winners

Photo of Tammy KingTammy 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 summer 2010.

YSU Students Earn National and Local Phi Kappa Phi Awards

Photo of Tyler DromboskyCongratulations 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.

Photo of Brian Garcar and Justin McIntyreCongratulations also to YSU students Brian Garcar (left), an Integrated Math Education major, and Justin McIntyre (right), 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 Palmer)

Photo of Hess and Dr. Ron ShakleeChapter 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.

Phi Kappa Phi National News

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

 PKP Web Site Screen Shot and Link

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