Phi Kappa Phi is an academic honor society that recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education
and engages the community of scholars in service to others. This small group of records consists of bylaws, correspondence,
rosters, newsletters, meeting minutes, award program information, Daily Trojan clippings, and other ephemera pertaining to
USC's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine by 10 seniors, 2 faculty members and the University's president.
They envisioned a new kind of honor society, one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership
of student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the letters of
the Greek words forming its motto, Philosophía Krateítõ Phõtôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Today, Phi Kappa
Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in
service to others. [From the Phi Kappa Phi website, https://www.phikappaphi.org/about/mission-and-history]
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