The founding of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) in 1897 created a new kind of honor society, one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. With the motto, "Let the love of learning rule humanity," PKP recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others.

Nazareth College received its charter in January 2013 as Chapter 320 and is the only honor society at Nazareth open to all academic majors. Inductees are acknowledged in the graduation program.

Chapter Officers

  • Timothy Thibodeau, President, Professor of History, member since 1981
  • Stephen Tajc, President Elect, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, member since 2018
  • Rochelle Ruffer, Past President, Professor of Economics and Department Chair, member since 2003
  • Eileen Beiter, Treasurer, Associate Professor of Accounting, member since 2017
  • Kelly Hutchinson-Anderson, Secretary, Associate Professor of Science Education, member since 2018
  • Margaret Dunn Rollins, Public Relations Officer, Assistant Director – Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations, member since 1986
  • Linda Searing, Initiation Officer, Director of Academic Advisement, member since 2018

Student Vice Presidents

  • Margaret Beiter, inducted in 2017
  • Sarah Dugas, inducted in 2018
  • Allison Kurthy, inducted in 2018
  • Alex LaPoint, inducted in 2017


At Nazareth, eligible students are invited to join per the national PKP eligibility guidelines. Letters of invitation are sent via email and mail in mid-February.


New members: annual dues are $70 per year, of which $50 is national and $20 is local.

Nazareth's Phi Kappa Phi Student Assistance Fund provides assistance to eligible students to offset a portion of the initial membership fee. Assistance is based on financial need demonstrated through Pell eligibility, enrollment in HEOP or Young Scholars, or other means determined by the Phi Kappa Phi officers. Apply for assistance.

Induction Ceremony

Members were inducted April 13, 2018 at Nazareth.

Other Events

Each semester, PKP sponsors an event on campus in support of learning.

Study Abroad/Scholarships/Fellowships

Nazareth PKP members are encouraged to apply for grants and awards offered by the national organization.

Students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at Nazareth in 2018


Nazareth College celebrates students and faculty for their academic excellence with induction into Phi Kappa Phi.

Katherine Saslawsky wins PKP grant

Katherine Saslawsky '20 — a music performance/music therapy double major — received a national PKP $1,000 grant to travel to Salzburg and Vienna, Austria and to Venice, Italy to study legendary composers in the cities in which they lived and created. In Vienna, Saslawsky will present her research on Gustav Mahler.