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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Phi Kappa Phi inducts deans Ball, Woolliscroft and Williams

The U-M Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, has inducted deans Deborah Loewenberg Ball of the School of Education and Dr. James Woolliscroft of the Medical School as 2011 honorary faculty members.

    Above: Lester Monts (right), senior vice provost for academic affairs, inducts School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball into the U-M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, assisted by the chapter's student vice president, Matthew Stier. At left: Ralph Williams, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature, delivers the keynote. (Photos by Mary Beth Donovan)

Ralph Williams, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature, also was inducted as an honorary faculty member and delivered the keynote address, "Honors as Trap and as Trampoline."

Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs and the chapter's treasurer, cited their many outstanding academic achievements as clear qualifications for membership.

The chapter conducted its 2011 Induction Ceremony and Reception on March 20 at Rackham Auditorium. More than 300 new junior, senior, and graduate/professional student members, the largest annual number in the chapter's history, also were inducted.

Out of 66 applications received this year, the chapter awarded 10 scholarships, to graduate students Adam Iliff and Hongwei Liao; seniors Perry Janes, Kimberly Martinez, Chelsea Selden and He Yang; and juniors Katherine Bies, Meredith Horowski, Kelly Ku and Paul Lewis.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, the distinguishing characteristic of Phi Kappa Phi is its belief that all branches of higher education merit recognition across the entire range of academic inquiry. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors, and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Since its founding in 1926, the University of Michigan chapter has inducted more than 8,000 members.