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KU Professor Serves as Delegate to National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi 2012 Biennial Convention

September 11, 2012

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University Professor Dr. Brian Wlazelek served as a delegate to the 2012 Biennial Convention of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society, held in St. Louis in August. 

More than 300 guests including 177 chapter delegates attended the convention. The two-day event featured a keynote address from retired NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence. Also, presentations were exhibited by award winners from Phi Kappa Phi's grant programs, professional development workshops, regional meetings, ideas for strengthening chapters, and elections for the new board of directors. 

Wlazelek is a charter member of Phi Kappa Phi at KU and serves as the organization's president. Wlazelek is a licensed psychologist and has been a professor at KU since 1988. He earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Lehigh University.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters in more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Phi Kappa Phi most recognized members include; former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley.

Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. 

Today, nearly one million dollars is awarded to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.