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Education honor society inducts new members, leaders

by Dr. Misty Sailors, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching    |    November 26, 2014

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By: Dr. Misty Sailors, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching


The Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education inducted 12 new members into the society’s Omicron Chi chapter at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) on Wednesday, October 29.


The ceremony featured a welcome by Stacy Self, the outgoing president of the UTSA chapter, and remarks by the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) Dean, Dr. Betty Merchant.


KDP inducts education students who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service, and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Membership is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to a career in education, and professionalism. At UTSA, undergraduates must earn a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and graduate students must earn a 3.25 for consideration. 


Former members of KDP include Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Mead.


The 2014-2015 chapter officers were also elected during the ceremony. The new officers include Pacer Swan, president; Rhiannon Wilder, vice president; Maggie Nutt, secretary; Katie Hebert, Treasurer; Cynthia ‘Chika’ Buyo, historian; Mamatha Mougili, membership chair; and Tiffany Pelzel, foundation representative.


“As president of the Omicron Chi chapter, my plan is to make a marked increase in chapter membership, participation, and visibility of our organization on campus,” said Swan. “Oprah Winfrey quipped, ‘Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.’ That ideal embodies precisely what I intend for our organization; a community of bright, dedicated minds that will settle for nothing less than working with others that will indeed life them higher.”


Established in 1911, KDP is an international honor society in education with more than 600 chapters and 40,000 active members worldwide. If you are interested in joining KDP or would like additional information, contact Pacer Swan (sfp654@my.utsa.edu) or Dr. Misty Sailors (misty.sailors@utsa.edu). Please include your Banner ID in your email.



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