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New members inducted into honor society

New members inducted into honor society

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The Lycoming College chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi inducted 33 members – including faculty members Drs. Cullen Chandler, associate professor of history, and Sandra Kingery, professor of Spanish – on April 13.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The society began in 1897 and its name is derived from the initial letters of the three Greek words forming its motto:  Philosophia Krateito Photon, “Let the love of learning rule humanity.” 

There are more than 300 chapters of Phi Kappa Phi. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi sponsors a national competition for graduate fellowships to be used for post-undergraduate study, and each chapter may submit one nominee. In the past 12 years, six Lycoming students have received this prestigious scholarship.

The College selected two semi-finalists for the award: Linda McCargo, an economics and German major, and Alyssa Webb, a political science and archaeology major. Webb was the finalist for the College and will be entered into the national competition for a chance at a scholarship worth up to $15,000, said Dr. Mel Zimmerman, chapter adviser and professor of biology at Lycoming. The winner will be announced this summer.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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