Posted: 11/18/21

TAMIU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Earns Platinum Circle of Excellence Award


TAMIU PKP Award Seal

Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, has named Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Chapter 296 one of a select group of Chapters to receive a 2021-2022 Platinum Circle of Excellence Award.

Awards — Platinum, Gold, and Silver — are given to the Society’s top chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence on their local campus and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

Of the 74 Chapters earning recognition, TAMIU is one of only 23 Platinum recipients. Chapters also received 23 Gold and 28 Silver Awards. 

Acting Society executive director Traci Navarre said the selected Chapters are worthy of celebration.

 “Our chapters are the lifeblood of Phi Kappa Phi. We’re proud to recognize and celebrate their success with a Circle of Excellence Award,” Navarre said.

Circle of Excellence chapters are recognized as thriving organizations that hold annual initiations, uphold the Society Bylaws, regularly attend Chapter training opportunities and submit a Chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.

TAMIU Chapter 296 president Dr. Tariq Tashtoush, said the Platinum Award is indeed significant and represents the unwavering commitment of the Chapter’s officers, student officers, and members to Phi Kappa Phi ideals.

“This is truly a testament to the steadfast commitment of our officers and membership, who despite tremendous challenges like the COVID-19 Pandemic, found innovative ways to continue our Chapter’s mission.  For example, despite the Pandemic, we were able to pivot to a virtual ceremony and welcome 79 new members to the Chapter and share current research activities to our local community by starting the PKP guest speaker series. We were also able to develop new scholarship programs that truly underscore our commitment to the love of learning, our PKP motto,” Dr. Tashtoush explained.

To learn more about the Circle of Excellence program and see the full list of 2021-2022 chapters, visit www.phikappaphi.org/2022Excellence.

TAMIU’s Chapter 296 was first installed in 2005

For additional information, including application forms for Scholarships and Fellowships, please visit the dedicated TAMIU PKP website.