USAO News Bureau

Eleven initiated into education honor society

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Eleven students at the University of Science and Arts were honored recently as they were initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.

"We are very proud of these initiates," said Dr. Jeanne Mather, sponsor of the group and professor of education at USAO.

"Each has excelled in college, understands the importance of being a lifelong learner,” Mather said, “and is expected to be an outstanding educator who will truly make a difference in his or her students’ lives.

“They have accepted the philosophy of teaching students through an interdisciplinary approach and emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.”

To be eligible for membership, a student must exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, desire to help others, and promise in the teaching and allied professions. 

Students must have completed 30 credit hours of college work, including at least nine hours of professional education credit, be admitted into the teacher education program and have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, on a 4.0 scale. 

Students initiated included Anadarko resident Leslie Bailey; Alexander Boyd, of Blanchard; Cortlyn Emerich, also of Blanchard; Tonya Grover, of Norman; and Chickasha resident Bryan Jarvis.

Also initiated were Alicia Lee, of Ninnekah; Blanchard resident Charissa McKinzie-Hannabass; Annesha Kirk, of Chickasha; Norman resident Akash Patel; Ashley Robertson, of Blanchard; and Kaitlyn Witty of Mustang.

All of the initiates are seniors and elementary education majors except for Boyd, who studies history and Jarvis, a natural sciences major.

The guest speaker at the initiation ceremony was Jeff Barrett, principal of Mission Elementary School in Anadarko.

Dr. William Bagley founded Kappa Delta Pi in 1911 at the University of Illinois. The organization was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words to represent knowledge, duty and power.

Pioneering from its beginning by including women as well as men, Kappa Delta Pi grew from a local chapter to the international organization it is today, comprising of 582 chapters and more than 45,000 members.

Local members are involved with many community activities including Books For Tots, which provides books for needy children during the Christmas season.