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Elon’s chapter of the national honor society recognized the achievements of students, alumni, faculty and staff during an April 27 ceremony in Alumni Gym.

The Elon University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi welcomed its newest initiates during an April 27 ceremony in Alumni Gym. Joining the national honor society were 71 undergraduate students, 18 graduate students, four alumni and four faculty/staff members.

Provost Aswani Volety delivered opening remarks that were followed by a keynote address by Elon President Emeritus Leo M. Lambert. Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes of inductees, who had previously been inducted in absentia due to the pandemic, were also invited to join this year’s in-person celebration.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary academic honor society whose mission is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. ” Each year, chapters may invite the upper 7.5 percent of the junior class and upper 10 percent of the senior and graduate classes.

Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

Elon’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was installed on Nov. 14, 1995, as Chapter 275. The first class of inductees included 79 students and three faculty members.

Alumni Inductees

Alumni inductees, from left, are Meredith Citty Barger, Joleen Neighbors, Annette Orbert and Bryant Colson. They are joined by President Emeritus Leo M. Lambert.

Bryant Colson ’80

While at Elon, Bryant was the first black editor-in-chief of The Pendulum, the university’s student-run newspaper, and the first black SGA president. Colson opened the lines of communication for students to express their needs and concerns to university administrators. Since graduating from Elon, Colson has been active with alumni reunions and has been a leader in civic engagement in Hillsborough, NC

Meredith Citty Barger ’14

Barger has a lengthy family history with Elon. Her mother, father, and brother graduated from Elon. Teaching has been her passion and she has dedicated her career to helping students. Her class performed during the special College Coffee for Elon Day in 2020. Barger plans to continue her education in the master’s of higher education program at NC State University this fall.

Joleen Neighbors ’96

Neighbors has been a trailblazer in the fine arts community in eastern Virginia. She returned to her hometown after graduating from Elon and began her teaching career in various schools. She is highly respected in her community and has been an outstanding advocate for students furthering their careers in fine arts. Neighbors is now the supervisor of fine and performing arts for the Suffolk Virginia Public Schools.

Annette Orbert ’90

Orbert began her career at Elon working as a secretary for the late Vice President Emerita Dr. Jo Watts Williams. Williams encouraged Orbert to enroll at Elon as a full-time student and complete her degree. Orbert worked in admissions and financial aid for several years, served as the director of multicultural admissions at Elon, and later became the college counselor at The Elon School. Countless numbers of students owe their careers to the sound advice Orbert gave them concerning their college choices. Annette later pursued her master’s degree from Wake Forest University and is now the executive director of nonprofit organizations for Alamance County Community Services.

2022 inductees

The 2022 Phi Kappa Phi inductees


Mark Kurt, Assistant Dean of Global Education and Professor of Economics

Kathy Matera, Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry

Mark Weaver, Assistant Professor of Statistics

Alexander Taylor, Senior Assistant Registrar for Technology and Communications

Graduate Students

Jordyn Chandler

Mary Corcoran

Caroline Davis

Jennifer Gehrin

Hannah Goodrum

Kaitlyn Hickman

Rynita Julien

McKayla Kraft

Doo Lee

Christina Marchand

Sarah Masons

Giavanna Papavero

Catherine Parsons

Charles Rizzo

Stephanie Schwartz

Durand Shoup

Alicia Tate

Max Wilson

Undergraduate Students

Say Albert

Nick Asprea

Morgan Basset

Lily Beaver

Adrienne Bevins


Aiden Bradshaw

Zoie Broder


Elizabeth Cerrito

Becca Chase

Nina Crocco

Abigail Diedrich

Caroline Digan

Caroline Durham

Alexandra Elliot

Ally Everton

Matthew Ferring

Heath Foster

Lotte Fox

Melissa Freed

Kaitlyn Freeman

Julia Friedenberg

Amaya Gaines

Will Gatchel


Jordan Gower

Blake Healey

Blythe Hehmeyer

Anelisa Holder

Nana Kaneko

Kaley Katz

Kailin King

Jessica Kliman

Alexis Koppy

Stephanie Land

Moritz Lederer

Francesca Mautte

Katherine McCormick

Madi McDermott

Whitney McDonnell

Rylee McKinney

Katie Miyazaki

Matt Newberry

Danny Nickle

Maggie Noble

Corinne Orgettas

Fotini Pappas

Peyton Pesavento

Eve Pierce

Cassidy Puckett

Ed Ralph

Zoe Rein

Olivia Romano

Juliana Schiano

Sonali Schroder

Maria Scricco

Shannon Seignious

Lillian Shaw

Erin Shugar

Emma Simpson

Hunter Small

Chad Urquhart

Anna Vasallo

Stephanie Wagner

Nicole Waldron

Jordan Catfish

Nora Wilkes

Lauren Willingham

Kate Wirth

Skye Ziegler

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