Mississippi State’s Phi Kappa Phi Receives National Service Project Award

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Contact: Madison Welzbacher

PKP students and faculty from Mississippi State, along with those from campus partner organizations, planted plantings around Thompson Hall and learned how to correctly identify plants and choose appropriate planting sites in as part of the nationally recognized service project. (Photo by Dominique Belcher)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—Mississippi State Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Honored with the Organization’s National Service Project Award for Fall 2021 Work in Building a Woody and Herbaceous Plant Garden natives around Thompson Hall.

The annual Fall Service Project is a national event organized by the PKP Student Council in which each chapter responds to the specific needs of its respective community.

A student plants an oak seedling
A PKP member plants an oak seedling. (Photo by Dominique Belcher)

MSU’s PKP chapter is the recipient of the Division I award for the work of 26 students and four faculty members who planted native shrubs and perennials around Thompson Hall, home of the College of Forest Resources. In partnership with the MSU student chapters of the Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters, as well as the Tree Campus USA Advisory Committee, the chapter raised more than $3,000 and performed the physical labor of clearing old plant material and clearing it. establishment of new plantations.

PKP circular seal“Ultimately, this project will serve as a living collection of native shrubs and perennials to be used to educate students and campus visitors about the importance and diversity of our own native Southeast plants,” said said Joshua Granger, assistant professor at the College of Forest. Resources and vice president of PKP who was the organizer of the project. “I hope this inspires more people to start a native garden in their own backyard.”

PKP chapter president Peter Ryan, executive vice president of MSU and dean of the Graduate School, said the award was very meaningful to the local organization. “We really appreciate the hard work Dr. Granger and his students have put into making the project such a success,” Ryan said.

In addition to the Service Project Award, PKP has previously received Circle of Excellence Platinum and Gold awards, accolades that recognize the Chapter as a thriving organization that meets various criteria of honor.

Since its founding in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has existed as one of the nation’s most prestigious collegiate honor societies for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only for the top 10% of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5% of juniors. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni with outstanding academic achievements can also join.

MSU is the main university in Mississippi, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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