Owls Arrive Alive 2019

Owls Arrive Alive 2019

October 2019

Last fall, Phi Eta Sigma members engaged with other Kennesaw State students to campaign against distracted driving. This is an annual event that PES is proud to be apart of. You can view the video recap of the event here. If a password is needed, enter: Kennesaw1

Major Events in 2018

“Bye to Phi” Senior Salute

May 5, 2018

Every year the chapter holds an event to congratulate the graduating seniors of Phi Eta Sigma. The event is called “Goodbye to Phi”. This special events allows members to include their family members to celebrate their accomplishment and view what their students have contributed to the chapter. At the event each senior receives their cords and shares where they are heading after graduation. Many of our seniors have exciting plans for graduate school while others are beginning their professional careers.


Phi Eta Sigma 2017 New Members’ Induction Ceremony

March 3, 2018

Kennesaw State University Chapter’s New Members’ Induction Ceremony was held on March 3. 2018. More than half of the 319 new student inductees gathered at Prillaman Hall and were joined by five outstanding university faculty and campus leaders who were inducted as Honorary Members: First-Year and Transition Studies professors Theodore Bullard, Danelle Dyckhoff-Stelzriede, and Tyler Pede; Communication Professor Jan Phillips; and Mechanical Engineering Professor Richard Kennedy.

Dr. Debbie Smith, a past Phi Eta Sigma chapter advisor, welcomed the new inductee class and praised them for achieving an excellent GPA in their first year of college. Dr. Smith then presented KSU alumnae Emily Winslette, who has distinguished herself for having attended every Phi Eta Sigma Induction Ceremony since her own induction as a member in 2010.  Emily, a past chapter vice-president and the KSU chapter’s first ever Founders’ Fund Scholarship awardee, encouraged new members to take advantage of opportunities Phi Eta Sigma offers for leadership and lasting friendships. Emily then introduced the invited guest speaker, Dr. Lynn Disbrow, Dean of University College. Dean Disbrow’s message was punctuated with classical allusions of the hero’s journey and hope that PES members would realize success on their academic, personal, and professional journeys. The initiation ceremony was conducted by the chapter executive board: Alyssa Baird (president), Will Davis (vice-president); Shantyl Neely (Kennesaw campus secretary) (Alexandria Smejkal (Marietta campus secretary), Keyaira Singleton (Marietta campus events coordinator); and Heather Morrison (Kennesaw campus events coordinator).  Chapter Advisor, Professor Kathy Matthews, thanked the officers for their support and generous service to Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Following the program, the newly inducted members were honored in a reception.

Congratulations to our new members. Welcome to Phi Eta Sigma. You were selected to join this prestigious organization based on the things you’ve accomplished. Keep up the great work and stay focused. Don’t forget to be involved! Now that you’ve joined, come to our meetings! Participate in a service project! Make a lifelong friend or two. We have so much to offer to our members and we are excited that you decided to be a part of it!

Major Events in 2017

“Bye to Phi” Senior Salute: Honor Cord Presentation

May 6, 2017







In Spring 2016, two graduating seniors who served on the Chapter Executive Board—Jessica Bailey and Krystal Bailey—proposed a special event to allow Phi Eta Sigma members an opportunity to offer their reflections on what Phi Eta Sigma had meant to their academic, personal, and social lives. 

The event was named “Bye to Phi,” though the creators realized that one never leaves Phi Eta Sigma because members are inducted for Life.  Still, the occasion for graduation would represent another transition for those venturing on to graduate and professional schools and/or careers for which they had prepared.  

The inaugural “Bye to Phi” was held on May 9, 2016, and was a marked success.  The event included a meal, the presentation of honor cords, and congratulatory addresses by the faculty adviser and members of the Executive Board, and brief speeches by the graduating seniors.  There was never a doubt that the event would appear on the chapter’s slate of activities for Spring 2017.  May 6th was the date chosen for the special salute.


Phi Eta Sigma 2017 New Members’ Induction Ceremony

March 4, 2017

What a great day to be a Phi Eta Sigma Owl at Kennesaw State University! On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the Kennesaw State Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma successfully inducted 127 new members into the Honor Society. Along with these exceptional students, the KSU Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma recognized outstanding faculty and staff who are instrumental to a student’s success at KSU.  At the 2017 Induction Ceremony, we inducted five honorary member into the KSU Chapter: Dr. Michael Maloni, Associate Professor of Management; Dr. Linda M. Lyons, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Education; Donald Coleman, Director, Orientation Programs; and Yen Rodriguez, Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Affairs. Included in these five faculty members was our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Chris Hutt, who is the Assistant Vice-President for Academic Advising at Kennesaw State. After the Ceremony, we partook in a reception held in our Social Sciences Building where we enjoyed refreshments and fellowshipped with one another. The KSU Phi Eta Sigma chapter looks forward to working with our new members, and maintaining the values of this great organization!


2016 Induction Press Release

Phi Eta Sigma Welcomes 31st Class of First-Year Honor Society Students at Spring Induction Ceremony

KENNESAW – One hundred and eighteen anticipatory first-year students crowded two rooms of the Student Center at Kennesaw State University on Saturday, March 19 for the 31st installation of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society induction ceremony.

Before volunteers and distinguished faculty and staff announced the official start of the ceremony at 6 p.m., soon-to-be members were in for a monetary surprise. Four bookmarks were randomly selected through the use of color-coded stickers that coordinated with a scholarship prize. The Crest award and Black and Gold award of $50 each were presented to Joceyln Escobedo and Jackson Emery, respectively. The Dr. Liza Davis Scholarship Award of $100, named after the founder of the KSU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma and current director of the undergraduate honors program, was presented to Larson Hodge. Savana Chapman received the Dr. Ralph J. Rascati Scholarship Award of $200 in recognition of the founding dean of the Honors College.

Honorary faculty members, as part of induction tradition, also received membership into Phi Eta Sigma after being nominated by their current or previous students. The late Diane “Dee” Grindell, first-year studies lecturer, was honored at the ceremony by University College Dean Keisha Hoerner. NEST Advisor Teresa Dize, Engagement and Community Outreach Manager at the Center for Student Leadership Kirsten Economy, Associate Professor of English and Assistant Director of Distance Education for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Laura McGrath, Bioinorganic Chemistry Assistant Professor Janet Shaw and Associate Professor of Psychology Lauren Taglialatela were also inducted alongside the first-year students who were conferred lifelong membership. Professor McGrath was nominated by her online student and Phi Eta Sigma member Toni-Ann Hall. They met for the first time face-to-face as Hall presented McGrath with her certificate of honorary membership, a testament to the impact that professors have on their students inside and outside of a traditional classroom setting.

Among the 365 new members with an impressive scholastic record who received and accepted their invitation to join this honor society, 23 were legacy students who share Phi Eta Sigma affiliation with a family member. The tradition of adhering to the Phi Eta Sigma motto, “Knowledge is Power,” was represented by the cohort of family members inducted in this year’s ceremony. Twins Ross and Brett Dammicci, electrical engineering majors with a fall 2015 GPA of 4.0, represented a portion of the first class of inductees from the Marietta campus of the newly consolidated university. The membership of triplets Kimberly, Katherine and Jonathan Soulis along with the Dammicci twins highlights the importance of longstanding relationships and support seen in Phi Eta Sigma members as they maneuver through college.

The ceremony was concluded with a reception staged by Phi Eta Sigma members that included several dessert items, beverages and the perfect time for new inductees to socialize with faculty adviser Kathy Matthews, current members and the 2015-2016 executive board.

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for first-year students with a GPA requirement of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The values of this society are a well-disciplined mind, well-cared-for body and an unimpeachable character. Phi Eta Sigma hosts an array of social, service and educational events throughout the academic year that are open to members, the university and the community.

2016 Graduates

Congratulations, Phi Eta Sigma Graduating Seniors 2015-2016!

The Kennesaw State University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society wishes to extend congratulations to the members who petitioned for their bachelor’s degrees this year. Many of the graduating seniors flashed their Phi Eta Sigma black and gold Honor Cords when proudly walking across the stage at the commencement programs. The seniors were invited to attend the Chapter’s first-ever “Good-bye to Phi” dinner for graduating members, who at the program were also presented the Phi Eta Sigma honor cords.


Information provided by the PES graduates reveals many different paths for their post-bac experience, including graduate schools, professional schools, teaching careers, travel abroad, the Peace Corps, internships, launching entrepreneurial ventures, and corporate employment. All the best to the Class of 2016!

Dylan Adcock Daniel Allen Jessica Bailey Krystal Bailey
Jesse Baker James Balkcom Elliott Barney Daniel Bellamy
Matthew Bravo Kassi Brook Morgan Carter Laila Cohen
Britthany Cortez Ryan Delaney Margaret Diehl Erika Disciascio
Trevor Dodge Madison Etheridge Diana Evans Rachel Feltner
Nicholas Geter Angel Gilstrap Sydney Green Richard Grosse
Ashley Hazel Lacie Hester Elish Hogg Katherine Holder
Jeremy Hudak Brittany Jarrard John Kenny Conner King
John Kundycki James Law Shawna Lehman Kathryn Liley
Jessica Lim Sang Joseph Lindsey Mary Madden Haley Madison
Anna Masdea Erinn Matthews Anna McGranahan Natalie McLean
Meghan McLeer Janelle Miniter Samantha Mitchell Christina Moffitt
Rebekah Moore Mary Murphy Courtney Musser Edward Mwangi
Barry Nelms Kory Nielsen Shannon O’dell Adrianna Parson
Rachel Patterson Callison Payne Taylor Phillips Alishia Pittman
Priya Ramani Brandon Rankin Kolbi Robinson Nicole Robinson
Megan Rowe Kathryn Seed Leah Sexton James Smith
David Teal Rincie Thuita Sydnie-Renee Veal Megan Veringa
Amber Villegas Briana Walter Amber Watson Danielle Windom