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Phi Kappa Phi: Honor society initiates new members

Phi Kappa Phi initiates new members on Sunday, April 15.
Phi Kappa Phi initiates new members on Sunday, April 15.

UMKC’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), which is the nation’s oldest interdisciplinary honor society, inducted new members on Sunday afternoon in the E. E. Thompson Courtroom in the School of Law.

“Every year I am overwhelmed at our annual Initiation Ceremony (where we induct students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members into Phi Kappa Phi) by the outstanding individuals who we induct,” said Dr. Charles J. Wurrey, the president of PKP.

Every year 848 UMKC seniors, graduate students or professional students who are in the top 10 percent of their class, or second-semester juniors who are in the top 7.5 percent of their class are invited to be inducted to PKP.

“Phi Kappa Phi’s motto is, ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity,’ and that is what education is all about,” Wurrey said. “In Phi Kappa Phi, we also try to use the love of learning in service to others.”

The honor society also inducts faculty, staff, alumni and community members who have been designated by exemplary work.

One of Wurrey’s best memories of PKP is, “When our chapter, No. 103, received the Chapter of Excellence Award in 2010, one of only 12 out of the more than 300 Phi Kappa Phi chapters world-wide. This was made possible by the unstinting effort of those on our Executive Committee and our members.”

There are many PKP members who have gone on to important positions in the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court, as well as excelling in many other fields, such as former President Jimmy Carter, author John Grisham and Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry George Olah.

Wurrey believes that honor societies like PKP are important to UMKC.

“Learning is at the core of an educational institution like UMKC,” he said. “Imagine what the world would be like without learning.”

Any questions about the honor society can be directed to Wurrey or Student Vice President Oluseun Idowu. For more information about PKP, visit the national website at

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