The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

By Dr. Grady S. McMurtry

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, known also by its shortened title Phi Kappa Phi, recognizes academic excellence in any scholastic discipline and is the oldest honor society that spans all areas of study. Less than 10 percent of university students qualify for admission. A group of students, two faculty members, and the school president of the University of Maine founded Phi Kappa Phi in 1897 to offer an open society that united the campus and combated the social exclusivity of typical fraternities. Phi Kappa Phi also provided scholastic honor to students who excelled in any academic area, including those not often recognized by other academic societies, such as Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

Although it initially began as the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, the group was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi under the direction of founder and university student Marcus L. Urann. The letters came from the society’s motto, Philosophia Krateito Photon, which translated from Greek into the English means “let the love of learning rule humanity.” Members are also eligible for a number of awards and scholarships. Every year, Phi Kappa Phi grants more than $700,000 to outstanding students through its Fellowship, the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Phi Kappa Phi Artist Awards, Study Abroad Grants, Literacy Grants, and the Love of Learning Award.

Today, Phi Kappa Phi chapters exist on more than 300 campuses throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Dr. Grady S. McMurtry is a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi.

By Dr. Grady S. McMurtry


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Grady S. McMurtry earned his Bachelor of Science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Science from The State University of New York. The University of Tennessee boasts a reputation as a highly regarded public university, with the main campus in Knoxville. Regarded as one of the nation’s top-ranked universities, The University of Tennessee scored impressive ratings from U.S. News & World Report, as well as numerous other collegiate authorities. Established in 1794, the university currently possesses 11 graduate and 9 undergraduate colleges. Also known for its strong commitment to excellence in athletics, The University of Tennessee fosters a successful and thriving football program. Home games fill Neyland Stadium, one of the largest college football stadiums in the country, which holds more than 110,000 fans. The State University of New York (SUNY) also maintains a far reach and consists of multiple campuses in Stony Brook, Buffalo, Albany, and Binghamton. The New York state-supported system operates numerous community, technology, and four-year colleges, including Buffalo State College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Schenectady County Community College. Founded with the intention of providing superior educational resources to students across the country, SUNY continues to offer a rich and well-rounded academic experience. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and U.S. News & World Report both assigned high ratings to SUNY campuses, asserting that Birmingham ranks as one of the best-value colleges for out-of-state students.

Creation Research Society by Dr. Grady S. McMurtry

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Posted by David Levy

Formally founded in 1963, the Creation Research Society (CRS) has members who study and write various publications about Biblical Scientific Creationism, the scientific and religious belief that life, earth and the universe were created 6,000 years ago. CRS utilizes creation science, using scientific methods and practices, to prove that creationism is a true concept.

Originally founded by three individuals, CRS welcomed 10 members into the ranks by the end of the first year of operation. Shortly after CRS’ founding, the organization’s members began searching for a modern creationist biology textbook for use in schools. In 1970, CRS’ search ended with Biology: A Search for Order, which was published by Christian publisher Zondervan. The book’s initial printing of 10,000 copies quickly sold out, prompting a new run of books.

In all CRS endeavors, the organization’s members work to promote the group’s core beliefs: that the Bible is the Word of God and is historically and scientifically accurate; that all living things were made by God during the week of creation described in the Book of Genesis; that the worldwide flood chronicled in Genesis was a factual occurrence; and that all CRS members, male and female, accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Since 1964, CRS has published the Creation Research Society Quarterly, a periodical covering various articles related to the group’s beliefs and practices. For more information on CRS, visit

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