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Latest members inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Its members have served in the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court; won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes; served as Secretaries of State and Defense; helped invent the computer mouse; received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; and walked and flown in space.

Unlike most other honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and honors excellence in all academic disciplines. And this year for the first time, Jacksonville University’s 40-year-old chapter inducted students by individual college, rather than from across the university overall.

JU President Tim Cost welcomes inductees and family and friends to the Phi Kappa Phi ceremony April 10.
JU President Tim Cost welcomes inductees and family and friends to the Phi Kappa Phi ceremony April 10. PHOTO BY BEN WEHRUNG

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective and most prestigious all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only to JU’s top 7.5 percent of second-term juniors and top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

“This year each college invited their top academic achievers. This better recognizes the amazing diversity of our students’ talents and accomplishments,” said Dr. Lynnette Kennison, a professor in the School of Nursing and president of JU’s chapter, which is one of only four at private universities in Florida. “In addition to recognition as top scholars, students who become members of Phi Kappa Phi have access to fellowships and scholarships.”According to its website, the national organization inducts more than 30,000 members annually from more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may be eligible.

This year’s invitation ceremony took place April 10 in JU’s Gooding Auditorium, with friends and family of the initiates looking on with pride.

To learn more about JU’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter, contact Dr. Lynnette Kennison through PKP@jacksonville.edu or directly at Lkennis@ju.edu.

Here are this year’s inductess, by college:

College of Arts & Sciences


 Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa          Jia Jung Leong

Savannah V. Bates                         Jia Siang Leong

Peter A. Hidley, II                          Brittany P. Mathis

Ian C. Ikeda                                    Anna C. Palmer

Adam R. Johnson


Julius O. Blake, III                        Lauren N. Hincks

Robert W. Bridger, Jr                  Noah J. Marcus

Mae Tanee Davis                         Laura M. Wenk

Graduate Students

Alicia Byrd                                     Fania LeRone Carson

Davis College of Business


Jaime Chapman                             Sean H. Hensley

Dylan C. Cheatham                       Jason Laguerre

Kree D. Clark                                  Taylor Swartz

Faith G. Doski


Brooke A. Collins                         John Samillano

Jacqueline C. DiPiazza                Phillip Springer

Jena A. Kent                                 Samantha E. Turner

Roger Palmer

Graduate Students

Larry Chalmers                            Duncan Graham

Matthew DiPaolo                        Brian S. Malek

Olivia Ellis                                     Thomas Pollack

Jason R. Frost                              Andre J. Van Rensburg

Stephen R. Garrett

Public Policy Institute

Graduate Student                            Illiana Tidd

College of Fine Arts


Gaylyn-Lareese Singletary          Lillian M. Wright

Mamie Lue Catalina P. Small


Stacy McCarthy

Graduate Student

Russell Maycumber

College of Health Sciences


Joshua Baker                                 Katharina K. Jakobsson

Annabelle Chu                              Brianna S. Tasset

Elizabeth A. Coster


Ashley Bostic                               Daniel J. Gulbransen

Christopher Carmona                Allison Rupp

Kristin Davis                                 Adam Witt

Graduate Students

Saleh Al-Mutlaq                          King D. Mungin, Sr.

Michelle A. Conkling                  Robyn Reaves

Karen E. Lane                              Maryam Rezaie

Thomas Lee                                 Gregory T. Richardson

Terry L. Manuel                          Sandra L. Taylor

Jacksonville University Faculty

Heather A. Downs – College of Arts & Sciences

Jim Mirabella – Davis College of Business

Nancy R. Robinson – College of Health Sciences