VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota honored social work students as the Sigma Theta Chapter inducted new members into the Phi Alpha Honor Society April 3 and 6.
Social work students that achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher and good standing in the program were eligible for membership. Eligible students provided names for officers nominated and concluded with a vote ballet. The officers had the opportunity to induct their peers during the ceremony.
In 2018, the honor society inducted 23 graduate students and 11 undergraduate social work students.
Kelly Bass, D.S.W., and associate professor, was presented with an honorary membership certificate for recognition of significant contribution to the master’s in social work program.
Associate Professor Peter Kindle, Ph.D., was also presented with an honorary membership certificate for recognition of significant contribution to the bachelor’s in social work program.
The event is held annually and coordinated by Deb Aden, M.S.W., director of field education.
The Phi Alpha Honor Society was formed in 1962. The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals, ideas, and to foster high standards of education for social workers. Those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement gain the opportunity to become a member.