A recent induction ceremony welcomed a dozen Missouri Southern State University students into the Chi Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society.

The purpose of Phi Alpha, according to their website, is to “provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.”

Requirements for membership into the organization include:

  • Declared social work major
  • Completion of 9 credit hours of required social work courses
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA in social work courses
  • An overall GPA of 3.0

The Fall 2021 Phi Alpha inductees are:

Marissa Beale, senior, Seneca, Mo.

Savannah Burch, senior, Joplin

Stephanie Herring, senior, Webb City, Mo.

Kathlee Medina, senior, Noel, Mo.

Alaina Morgan, senior, Nevada, Mo.

Hannah Prewett, senior, Granby, Mo.

Micker Smith, senior, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Madison Barlow, senior, Seymour, Mo.

Rebecca Lichtenberg (Barnes), senior, West Jordan, Utah

Sheila Crockford, senior, Carthage, Mo.

Hope Moran, senior, Joplin

Katrina Pontillas, junior, Grove, Okla.