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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recently recognized the Caldwell University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter. The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in chapter operations and who demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

The Circle of Excellence program was introduced in 2018. The program recognized 74 chapters this year, including 28 with the Silver distinction. Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters on more than 325 select campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines.

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

The Circle of Excellence Silver honor is given to chapters who scored a 90-94 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Silver distinction, the Caldwell 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.

“It is an honor to receive the Circle of Excellence Award recognition of our Phi Kappa Phi Chapter as we strive to recognize and further the academic excellence of the next generation of young intellectuals at Caldwell University,” said Agnes Berki, Ph.D., Caldwell’s chapter president and professor of biology .

Berki says the motto of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, “Let the love of learning rule humanity” resonates with her. “The pursuit of truth through knowledge has been the beacon throughout my entire life. I had the opportunity to obtain an extensive education and fell in love with research.” She feels privileged to share her knowledge through teaching and as Phi Kappa Phi chapter president at Caldwell, a place “which exhibits a tremendous dedication to learning.”
The honor society’s focus ties in with Caldwell’s motto “Scientia et Sapientia” which means knowledge and wisdom, said Berki.

Chapters achieving the Circle of Excellence Silver 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
⦁ a $100 cash award

To learn more about the Circle of Excellence program, please visit

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories 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. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit