May 6, 2003
RSU Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Students, Installs Officers, Names Professor of the Year
Rogers State University's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently inducted several students for the Spring 2003 semester and installed its new officers for the coming year.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for students enrolled in associate's degree programs. Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence at community colleges since 1918 and has become one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies in higher education. More than 1.2 million members have been inducted in 1,200 institutions around the world. Membership is based primarily on academic achievement.
During its recent annual dinner, the honor society named Phil Sample, instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as instructor of the year. A longtime instructor at RSU, Sample received a master's degree from Northeastern (Okla.) State University and a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University. He is a former Army officer, with service as an infantry and counterintelligence advisor, and as a counterintelligence operative and member of the General Staff of the U.S. Army South in Latin America. He is also a Civil War re-enactor, currently serving as the commander of the Frontier Brigade, which comprises units from eight states in the Midwest. He also serves as faculty advisor of the Civil War re-enactment unit on RSU's Claremore campus.
During the banquet, the organization installed its new officers: Christine Anne Keeter of Claremore, president; Lisa Lauderdale of Claremore, vice president; Rita Susanne Steinhart of Bartlesville, Bartlesville vice president; Christy Ann Peters of Pryor, Pryor vice president; Island SpottedBear of Claremore, secretary; Cheryel Dawn Graham of Claremore, treasurer; Jaime Lynn Epperson of Langley, Okla., historian; Mary Margaret Ross of Skiatook, vice president of leadership; Nichole Moore of Claremore, vice president of scholarship; and Helen C. Horton of Hominy and Kara Andrews of Catoosa, Student Government Association representatives.
Outgoing officers were Emily Thomas of Chouteau, president; Keeter, vice president; Meredith Walker, secretary; Paula Littlejohn, treasurer and John Martin, SGA representative.
New members of RSU's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa include the following students, listed by their hometowns.