YSU’s Phi Kappa Phi Awarded Circle of Excellence Recognition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has been awarded the Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter status from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. 

It’s the highest commendation a chapter can receive and is given to chapters that excel in operations and demonstrate sustainability and vitality within Phi Kappa Phi.

The Circle of Excellence program was introduced in 2018 and recognized 74 chapters this year, including 13 with the Platinum distinction.

One of the oldest national academic honor societies, YSU’s chapter became the 143rd campus to receive a charter in 1972.

Thomas Wakefield, professor of mathematics and statistics and president of the YSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi’s executive board, is proud of his organization and the students in it.

“The YSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is honored to be recognized by the national organization for our work on campus and in the larger community,” he said. “Many of our student members have been recognized with scholarships and other national honors by national Phi Kappa Phi, which is a testament to the dedicated and hard-working students in our chapter.”

The Circle of Excellence Platinum honor is given to chapters who scored a 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Platinum distinction, the Youngstown chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that holds annual initiations, upholds the society bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities and submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.

Chapters achieving the Circle of Excellence Platinum distinction receive a commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration, special recognition on the Phi Kappa Phi website, specially designed logo for use in chapter communications and a $300 cash award.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.