Mercer’s Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Receives One of Three Capstone Awards Nationwide

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MACON – Mercer University's chapter of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society recently received one of only three Capstone Awards granted by the national office for the 2015-2016 academic year.

In addition to the Capstone Award, Mercer was one of 16 chapters nationwide to earn a Pyramid Award by meeting specified requirements for consistency in new member inductions, appropriate communication with the national office, proper reporting of activities and participation in the national scholarship program.

Each year, a subcommittee of Phi Eta Sigma's Executive Committee selects three elite chapters among the Pyramid Award recipients to receive Capstone Awards, which include a cash prize.

Capstone Award recipients must meet additional requirements such as service or leadership events/projects and participation at the national level.

“I am extremely honored to work with our executive board of students and chapter members as we continue to celebrate academic success in the first year of college and our incredible Mercer academic spirit,” said Tony Kemp, senior associate director of academic and advising services.

Additionally, Kemp was elected to Phi Eta Sigma's Executive Committee. He has served the organization in an elected capacity each year since 2006. 

Founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation's oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines. The society's mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

Mercer's chapter of Phi Eta Sigma was established in 1932.

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​