Michele R. Papakie, of Brush Valley, has been selected for membership in Indiana University of Pennsylvania's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Papakie, an associate professor of journalism, is a 1986 graduate of South Fayette Junior/Senior High School, a 1993 graduate of IUP, a 1996 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and a 2002 graduate of Robert Morris University.
She is the academic adviser to IUP's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America; academic adviser to IUP's Veterans Organization; academic adviser to Sigma Kappa; a member of IUP's judicial board; a member of IUP's career advisory board; co-director for the Center for Teaching Excellence's Reflective Practice Initiative; and a member of the president's commission on the Status of Women.
She is also an active member of Toastmaster's International (Indiana club); Rotary International, Indiana Midday club; an Alice Paul House volunteer; Brush Valley Township supervisor/ chairwoman; and a lieutenant colonel in the 171st Air Refueling Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest honor society for all academic disciplines, with 300 chapters throughout the nation. IUP's chapter was founded in 1993.
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., the organization inducts about 30,000 students, faculty and professional staff members and alumni annually.