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Honors Societies Induct New Members

A number of honors societies sponsored by the University Honors Center inducted new members this week as part of Honors Day 2009.

Honors Day is an occasion for administrative officials, academic deans and faculty members to recognize students who have achieved academic excellence. The university also designates outstanding students as College Scholars and Distinguished College Scholars based on criteria established by the Faculty Council.
The Honors Day Convocation includes ceremonial elements such as an academic procession, orange and white honors cords worn by students, heraldic banners, inspirational messages and celebratory music.
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On Sunday, March 29, The University of Texas at Austin chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma inducted over 700 first year students. Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor students who have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA during their first year at college. Given the challenges new students encounter in the transition to college life, this academic achievement is truly an achievement.

On Thursday, April 2, the Visor Chapter of Mortar Board hosted their annual Last Lecture with Dr. Brent Iverson, Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the College of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This lecture is not academic. Rather, the chosen professor was asked to answer the question, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?” Based on a “last lecture” called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” given in 2007 by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which would be fatal in months, Mortar Board seeks to provide advice and insight on life and matters beyond education in the classroom
Mortar Board will be announcing new members for the 2009-2010 year within the next few weeks.

Finally, The University of Texas at Austin Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will induct over 400 new juniors, seniors, and graduate students this Sunday, April 4 at The University of Texas Club. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. The University of Texas at Austin chapter was founded in 1962. The society gets its name from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophía Krateíto Photôn, “Let the love of learning rule humanity.” Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $800,000 annually through graduate and undergraduate scholarships, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second semester juniors, the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students with a 4.0 GPA. For more information about The University of Texas chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, please visit http://ugs.utexas.edu/uhc/societies/pkp