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USD Social Work Students Honored at Phi Alpha Honor Society Inductions

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.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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