South Dakota State University student Vivian Osei Poku recently was selected to serve on The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's 2020-2022 Council of Students. The council, comprised of seven student vice presidents from chapters across the nation, serves as the society’s student engagement committee.
Osei Poku, initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 2018, is currently pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry at SDSU. A native of Kumasi, Ghana, she will serve a two-year term on the council during the 2020-2022 biennium.
“I am elated to serve as a member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi national council of students, and very grateful to the executive board of the SDSU chapter for its mentorship and encouragement,” Osei Poku said. “As a student of SDSU and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, I believe this achievement will enable me to represent and increase the visibility of SDSU and the SDSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi on the national level.”
Osei Poku received the John E. Miller Scholarship following the 39th annual Victor K. Webster Lecture in February 2020. She also received the chapter’s Carol Peterson Leadership Scholarship in April 2019.
“We are thrilled for Vivian to have been selected to be one of the seven student members of the Council of Students for Phi Kappa Phi. She has been an outstanding member of our campus chapter, having already garnered a Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant for her work on health literacy within the Brookings community, and her selection to this group further illustrates her embodiment of the Phi Kappa Phi mission of a commitment to service within our community of scholars,” said SDSU Professor Aaron Ragsdale, who is the chapter’s president. “Vivian is a terrific individual to serve with, and I think I can speak for all of us on the executive committee when I say we look forward to continuing to work with her and know we will benefit from her work with the national office.”
The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant has Osei Poku working with another student vice president of the SDSU chapter to improve health literacy and safety through infographic fact cards in underserved populations.
“Health literacy affects millions of Americans on a daily basis as they make potentially life-changing decisions on their nutrition and food safety, medical care or drug treatment. I believe this project will go a long way to educate the SDSU community, the Brookings community and communities beyond on the key aspects of their health,” she said. “Moreover, I hope to encourage other students to strive for excellence in every sphere of their lives and to give their best in serving humanity. I intend to achieve this by promoting scholarships and graduate fellowship opportunities awarded by both the SDSU chapter and the national office on the SDSU campus and beyond. As the motto for Phi Kappa Phi goes: ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity.’”
The council, established in 2007, is tasked with enhancing communication with student vice presidents, planning and hosting a student leadership conference, and interacting with student vice presidents in the society's five divisions, among other tasks.
To learn more about the council, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org/CouncilOfStudents.
About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in the United States and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10% of seniors and graduate students and 7.5% of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others." For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.