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Nine Initiated Into USAO Education Honor Society


Nine students were initiated into the Kappa Delta Pi chapter at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in the fall. Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. Initiates include (front row) Kimberly Williams, (back row, from left) Cindy Alexander, Kelsey Bennett, Michael Deforest, Shelly Dyer, Josh Freeman, Connie Hamilton, Leann Pollock and Tiffany Rivers.

Nine Initiated Into USAO Education Honor Society

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


"We are 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 life-long learner, and is expected to be an outstanding educator, one who will truly make a difference in his or her students’ lives."

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.  In particular, students must have completed 50 credit hours of college work, be admitted into the teacher education program, and have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, on a 4.0 scale. 

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.

Students initiated include Cindy Alexander, an elementary education major from Mustang; Kelsey Bennett, a deaf education major from Kingfisher; Michael Deforest, a history major from Anadarko; Shelly Dyer, an early childhood education major from Anadarko; Josh Freeman, a natural science major from Ardmore; Connie Hamilton, an early childhood education major from Norman; Leann Pollock, an early childhood education major from Comanche; Tiffany Rivers, an early childhood education major from Tuttle, and Kimberly Williams, an elementary education major from Lindsay.