University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 29 May 2017 08:58

Phi Kappa Phi inducts top UPLB students, vet prof


One hundred fifty outstanding undergraduate and graduate students and one faculty member from UPLB have been added to over a million worldwide members of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Officers of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 045, UP’s own chapter, welcomed 17 juniors, 110 seniors, 23 graduate students, and one veterinary medicine professor from UPLB to the world’s “oldest and most respected academic honor society” during a ceremony on May 24 at CAS Auditorium, UPLB.

In his welcome remarks delivered during the program, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. reminded the Phi Kappa Phi members of both the prestige and the responsibility of being a member of the Honor Society. “I want you to take pride in the prestige that comes along with being a member of the Phi Kappa Phi,” Chancellor Sanchez, said. “And do not forget the responsibility that comes with being a part of this Honor Society.”

“As soon to-be UP graduates, and as newest inductees of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, may you never lose sight of what UP as the national university stands for and what UP graduates can be and do to better serve our country and fellow Filipinos,” Chancellor Sanchez further said.

Serving as ceremony’s guest of honor was Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun, editor-in-chief of the Philippine Agricultural Scientist, and a professor of plant pathology at the College of Agriculture and Food Science. In his inspirational address, Dr. Cumagun shared four philosophies to live an abundant life, namely: treasuring one’s family and ancestry; communicating ideas to everyone and to the general public; embarking in a program of continuous self-improvement; and making each day of life count.

Responding on behalf of the inductees was Zarina T. Sarapuddin, a graduating BS Biology student. In her message, she reiterated the essence of becoming a “Iskolar ng Bayan” and called on her fellow Phi Kappa Phi members to offer their knowledge, skills, and hearts to endeavors that would make a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea, UP Regent Georgina R. Encanto, and Dr. Adelaida F. Lucero, president, vice president, and secretary, respectively, of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 045, facilitated the induction ceremonies. Dr. Maribel Dionisio-Sese, UPLB representative to Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 045 and professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences, served as the main organizer and master of ceremonies of the program.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded at the University of Maine in the United States of America (USA) in 1897 as an interdisciplinary honor society. It also has chapters in the USA and in Puerto Rico. In UP, undergraduate students who belong to the upper 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors and outstanding graduate students, faculty, administrators, professional staff, and alumni are invited to the Honor Society.  (Juan Paolo A. Aquino)