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Citadel News Service
25 Apr 2008

Phi Kappa Phi holds annual induction ceremony

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Col. Jack Rhodes, director and founder of the Honors Program, received the distinguished service award.

The Citadel chapter of Phi Kappa Phi held an induction banquet Sunday and recognized one distinguished alumnus, two faculty members, 19 graduate students, and 29 cadets for their superlative achievements.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. It was formed in 1897 to recognize academic excellence in students and distinguished service in faculty and alumni. Former President Jimmy Carter and writer John Grisham are just two of its notable members.

Brig. Gen. Sam Hines, provost of the college, and English Professor Maj. Scott Lucas were the two faculty members inducted. Charles Klinger, Citadel class of 1960, was recognized as the distinguished alumnus. The distinguished service award was presented to Col. Jack Rhodes, director of the honors program.

Senior Cadet John Lathers received the national award of excellence, which includes a $2000 scholarship. Lathers will be attending John Hopkins’ Nitze School of Advanced International Study in Bologna, Italy, in the fall. He will continue his study of Turkish this summer in Ankara.

Two other cadets—Michael Horger and Jonathan Kelley—received the chapter award for exemplary achievement.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. Today there are 300 chapters throughout the United States, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. May 8 marks The Citadel chapter’s 29th anniversary.

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