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Motley represents WKU chapter at biennial convention of Phi Kappa Phi

Dr. Clay Motley, associate director for academics for the Honors College at WKU, represented the university’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines – at its 2012 biennial convention Aug. 10-11 in St. Louis.

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Dr. Motley serves as treasurer for the WKU chapter and attended the convention as the chapter’s voting delegate.

The convention was attended by more than 300 guests including 177 chapter delegates. The two-day event featured a keynote address from retired NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, as well as presentations by award winners from Phi Kappa Phi’s grant programs, professional development workshops, regional meetings, ideas for strengthening chapters, and elections for the new board of directors.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

More About Phi Kappa Phi: Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.  Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $14 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, nearly $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Contact: Hannah Breaux, (800) 804-9880, ext. 18

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