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Christopher Niepsuj recognized as Phi Kappa Phi 2017 inductee at The Citadel


CHARLESTON -- The Citadel's Chapter of The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is celebrating its 37th anniversary in 2017 by inducting 83 new members, including two accomplished faculty representatives, two alumni inductees and 79 cadets and students.

Christopher Niepsuj of Elma was among 79 other cadet and student inductees this year.

"Each year, students who excel academically and maintain integrity and high ethical standards are invited to join this prestigious honor society. Only the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students are eligible for membership," said Elizabeth Connor, president of The Citadel Phi Kappa Phi chapter. "Faculty, administrators, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify for membership."

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its motto is, "Let the love of learning rule humanity."

The Citadel with its iconic campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. The 2,300 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets are not required to serve in the military but about one-third of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their states and their communities as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 24 graduate certificate programs, and eight evening undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule with many courses now available online. The Citadel was named Best Public College in the South by U.S. News & World report for six consecutive years, and #1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South as well as Best Value out of all South Carolina colleges and universities by Forbes.