Eric Feuerborn

Six Initiated Into USAO Education Honor Society

Thursday, March 25, 2010

 

Six students at the University of Science and Arts were honored March 10 as they were initiated in 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."

 

In addition to the initiation, Dr. Kathy Brown, executive council member-at-large of Kappa Delta Pi International, recognized the USAO Pi Omega Chapter for 25 years of service.

 

USAO alum Brian Grimm spoke on Striving for Success. Grimm is a 1996 graduate and the 2009-10 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. He teaches English II, English III and pre-advanced English placement at Will Rogers High School.

 

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 Katie Boyd, a music education major from Chickasha; Jessica Clark, an elementary education major from Blanchard; Patrick Davis, an elementary education major from Verden; Brooke Stephenson, an early childhood education major from Anadarko; Shelly Tarver, an elementary education major from Lindsay, and Kearsten Williams, an elementary education major from Fort Cobb.