Charter Members of Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi Chosen

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The 21 inaugural members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi have made significant and long-term contributions of service to KDP and demonstrated a commitment to its ideals and excellence in education.

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It is an honor to have been nominated and elected into this prestigious chapter. I so appreciate KDP and all the society stands for and I treasure the friendships I have made over the years.

Kappa Delta Pi is pleased to announce the formation of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter. This new Honorary Chapter was approved at the 2011 Convocation Business Meeting. It honors men and women who have made significant and longtime contributions of service to Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) and demonstrated a commitment to its ideals and excellence in education.

The chapter was named for Eleanor Roosevelt because of her belief in human rights, her energy and compassion in serving people, her involvement in community service, and her commitment to educating youth. Known as America’s most influential First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884–November 7, 1962) also earned a reputation as a champion and leader of education. She once said, “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was inducted into the Laureate Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi in 1949.

Membership in the honorary chapter is inclusive of all qualifying members, regardless of education position. Membership is by nomination, recognizing KDP members with an extensive history of involvement and commitment to the Society. Nominees do not need to be currently employed in an education position.

A nominee must have been an active KDP member for a minimum of 20 years. Nominees must have evidence of satisfying at least 7 of 12 criteria, which include service to Kappa Delta Pi as a counselor to a college chapter, service on national or international committees, attendance at several KDP Convocations, contributions as a board member or periodical reviewer, contributions to KDP publications or KDP Educational Foundation, and recipient of awards or recognition for teaching excellence. In addition, they should have participated in KDP programs such as Literacy Alive! (formerly Reading Is Fun), established a KDP scholarship at the local level, trained counselors, or made other significant contributions to education or the Society.

Twenty-one educators have been approved for the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi and will be inducted at Convo 2013 in Dallas, TX, October 24-26. The inaugural members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter are: Dr. Joe Brasher (Athens State University, retired), Dr. Lynn Burlbaw (Texas A&M University), Ruth Campopiano (New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, retired), Dr. Beth Anne Clark-Thomas (Malone University), Dr. Sherry Field (Arkansas Tech University), Dr. Stephen Fortgang (University of Northern Iowa), Dr. Nancy Gallavan (University of Central Arkansas), Marie Grein (Pinellas County School System, Florida, retired), Paul Haupt (Professional Development Associates, retired principal), Dr. Blythe Hinitz (The College of New Jersey), Dr. Marcella L. Kysilka (University of Central Florida, retired), Dr. Betty Lou Land (Winthrop University, retired), Dr. William Martin (East Carolina University), Dr. Karen Nicholson (Manhattan College), Dr. Blossom Snoyer Nissman (Georgian Court University, retired), Dr. John Nkemnji (University of Wisconsin Platteville), Art Peekel (Illinois State Teacher of the Year and Milken Family Educator), Dr. Donna Gail Shaw (University of Alaska Anchorage, retired), Dr. A. Keith Turkett (Eastern Tennessee State University), Dr. Ronald W. Wilhelm (University of North Texas, retired), and Dr. Katie Harper Wright (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Illinois School District 189, retired).

One initiate, Paul Haupt, expressed the feelings of many of the initiates: “It is an honor to have been nominated and elected into this prestigious chapter. I so appreciate KDP and all the society stands for and I treasure the friendships I have made over the years.”

Membership in the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter is a lifetime honor and will be limited to 100 living members. Chapter members will assist in the selection of new members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi every biennium.

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Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of 43,000 worldwide.

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