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5 History Students Inducted in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; 2 Win Awards

Apr 6, 2009

Three juniors and two graduate students in the History Department were inducted into WIU's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society on April 5, 2009, Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Vice President Dr. Virginia Leonard, Professor of History, announced. Three of the thirty-two WIU juniors initiated into the university-wide honor society for students and faculty members this year were History majors: Sarah Garmer of Mendon, Micca Metz of Fairbury, and Lauren Trondle of Covington. Also initiated were History graduate students Ryan Buller and Robert Deveraux, both Macomb residents.

Lauren Trondle was also awarded the Roland Grass Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship this year. Adam Bednar, a senior History major from LaGrange Park, won this year's Lowell Grabill Undergraduate Research Award from Phi Kappa Phi (see link to separate article in blue box to upper right).

Phi Kappa Phi is a national organization that exists primarily to recognize academic excellence and distinction among university students and faculty. To be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, juniors must have a grade point average that places them in the upper 7.5% of their class and have earned at least 72 total semester hours, with at least 24 hours taken at Western. Graduate students must have at least 18 hours earned at WIU and a perfect 4.0 GPA to qualify for membership in Phi Kappa Phi.

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