Spring Initiation Dinner, Saturday, March 24, 2012
The following graduate students were initiated as new members of PDK:
- Leighia Fleming
- Jose Gonzales
- Jila Malek
- Rania Murr
- Renée Ortega-Go
- Alvina Marie Sheeley
- Damon Williams
The USF Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa held its spring initiation dinner at the McLaren Center on the main campus. The event was a wonderful opportunity for graduate students, faculty of
the USF School of Education, and PDK members to celebrate together and
PDK was honored to have Dr. Christopher N. Thomas, Assistant Professor
and Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of
San Francisco, as a guest speaker for the event. Dr. Thomas talked
about the importance of data in equity-driven leadership. He emphasized
the significance of making data real, understandable, and meaningful in
order to be utilized in decision-making and be valued and maximized by
leaders and the community.
Members of PDK are looking forward to meet during the summer to craft
plans for the next school year.
For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Mitchell.
Fall Initiation Dinner, Saturday, October 29, 2011
The University of San Francisco Chapter of PDK held its fall initiation dinner at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf where eight School of Education graduate students were initiated as new members to the organization.
PDK welcomed Dr. Suzanne Flannigan, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Accreditation from Hartnell College in Central California who gave the address for the evening. Dr. Flannigan spoke to PDK members regarding the importance of culture and reminded students that a movement starts with one person. She encouraged students to stay connected with their community and inspire others with their example.
Honors and Awards
Chapter members, Matthew Escover, Mitchell Freidman, Stacy Jones, and Katia Pena were honored during the evening. Leann Pereira and Susan Stryker were awarded travel scholarships to
help defray costs to the Tenth Annual Hawaii International Conference on
Education, where they will be presenting in January.
Gwendolyn M. Williams Excellence Award
Mark Gutierrez was presented the Gwendolyn M. Williams Excellence Award, a scholarship awarded each year to a worthy PDK member in a School of Education graduate program at USF. The scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Gwendolyn M. Williams, a doctoral student in the Organization and Leadership Program who passed away in June 2009 of cancer. This scholarship serves as a reminder of her legacy and excellence in scholarship while a student at USF.
Special thanks were also given to Dr. Patricia Mitchell, faculty advisor for PDK, for her contributions to the PDK organization and to students in the Organization and Leadership program. Students were inspired by the event and had a wonderful time connecting with their classmates and other faculty. Planning is underway to hold a second initiation event in March.