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2012 Faculty & Staff News

Longwood staff member attends Phi Kappa Phi national convention

September 18, 2012

Kathy Charleston (2nd from left) of Longwood attended the recent Phi Kappa Phi national convention. Kathy Charleston (2nd from left) of Longwood attended the recent Phi Kappa Phi national convention, along with (from left) the national honor society's president, Dr. Diane Smathers; past president Dr. William Bloodworth Jr.; and executive director, Dr. Mary Todd.

Kathy Charleston, assistant dean of graduate studies, represented Longwood University's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society at its 2012 biennial convention Aug. 10-11 in St. Louis.

Charleston, president of the Longwood chapter, attended the convention as the chapter's voting delegate. She also attended Phi Kappa Phi conventions (which previously were triennial) in 2010, 2007 and 2004 in Kansas City, Mo., Orlando and Albuquerque, N.M., respectively. Charleston, who earned an M.S. at Longwood in 1990, was initiated into the chapter in 2004 and has been president since 2008.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest (1897), largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Its 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. Membership is by invitation 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.