OCU students qualify for membership in Epsilon Pi Phi, an Emergency Management Honor Society
Three Disaster Management students have qualified for membership into the National Honor society for Emergency and Disaster Management students. Stephen Van Bolin, Christina Galvan, and Kendra Dixon will be inducted into the honor society this September. Membership in Epsilon Pi Phi is a permanent recognition of a student’s academic achievement. The vision of the honor society is to offer unique opportunities for students, leadership development, partnerships, in addition to research and professional opportunities. The significance of membership will be recognized by graduate programs at colleges & universities, professional organizations and potential employers. This membership is not something that is handed out freely. It is hard to receive. OCU program Director, Thad Hicks explained it like this. “Awardees must keep an extremely high GPA. This is not only in their major area, but in all their college course work, and they need to be actively involved in the work of emergency and disaster management. These can be difficult steps to achieve for the average college student.” Hicks went on to report that OCU’s students are anything but average, and that he expects the number receiving membership from OCU’s disaster program to continue to rise.
Epsilon Pi Phi is the national honor society in Emergency Management/Homeland Security/Business Continuity for universities and colleges established by The Foundation of Higher Education in 2006. The Mission of Epsilon Pi Phi is dedicated to the professional development of students through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.