Phi Kappa Phi Inducts 31 New Members


posted April 24, 2018

Pitt-Johnstown installed 31 members at its 21st Phi Kappa Phi chapter ceremony at the Whalley Chapel on April 14, 2018.

Phi Kappa Phi recognizes juniors and seniors with the highest academic achievement and other qualities of excellence.

The honor society invites students from the top 10 percent of the senior class and the top 7.5 percent of the junior class – up to a total of 10 percent of the baccalaureate degrees we granted last year.

Dr. Robert Matson is the longest-serving president of PKP. He concludes his service after this year and Dr. Derek Leben will become the president at next year’s ceremony.

The standards of Phi Kappa Phi are equally high as Phi Beta Kappa, but PKP accepts students for all disciplines, not just the traditional humanities. Pitt-Johnstown is a “Centennial Chapter” because it received its charter in 1997, the 100th anniversary year of PKP.

“President Albert Etheridge guided the process because he, as a PKP member himself, really wanted Pitt-Johnstown to have a chapter,” said Dr. Matson. “I always say during the ceremony that, whereas Blackington and Biddle Halls are named to honor past presidents of Pitt-Johnstown, the legacy of President Etheridge is in the Phi Kappa Phi chapter.”

The 2018 inductees are: Leigh Appolonia, Jake Arden, Raigan Ashmon, Logan Blackburn, Robert Cline, Grant Cruse, Xianhua Diao, Ashley Dick, Tiffany Forney, Madeline George, Martina Lashley, Marisa Lizins, Michael Mastovich, Maura McGrath, Shaun Ocipa, Jessica Penatzer, Brittany Perigo, Micaela Pupek, Bohan Qu, Haley Romanko, Romano Sebastiani, Tulsi Shrivastava, Patrick Stahl, Kaitlyn Stiffler, Jane Stueckemann, Bradley Tervorrow, Garrett Varner, Richard Wolford, Ryan Yaste, Jordan Zdinak, and Carolyn Zeis.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.