The Edward Waters University Honors College inducted fifteen students into the Mu Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society on April 24, 2024, at the Milne Auditorium.  Alpha Kappa Mu was founded at Tennessee A & I College (now known as Tennessee State University) in Nashville, Tennessee on November 26, 1937.  The Honors society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1952 and it was incorporated on September 7, 1977, under the laws of the State of South Carolina.  Alpha Kappa Mu’s purpose is to promote high scholarship; encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service; cultivate a high order of personal living; and develop an appreciation for scholarship and scholarly endeavor in others.  Students eligible for membership must have the classification of a junior, senior, or graduate student, ranked in the upper 10% of their class and earn a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4-point scale.

Honors College Dean, Dr. TaKeia Anthony noted, “It is such an honor to induct students into the Mu Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society and continue the legacy of some of the most prominent Black intellectuals of the 1930s.”  She continued, “Its rich history and founders are vital to me as a historian and the Honors College Dean.  Alpha Kappa Mu’s founding in 1937, during the depression, demonstrates the perseverance and fortitude of HBCU students, faculty, and intellectualism.” 

The Alpha Kappa Mu founders were notable HBCU leaders.  Dr. George W. Gore conceived the idea of the Honors Society as the Dean at Tennessee A&I; he later became the second longest serving president at Florida A&M University.  Dr. W. E. Farrison was a faculty member at Bennett College during the Honors Society’s inception.  Shortly after he was invited to join the faculty of North Carolina Central University by esteemed founder and president, Dr. James E. Shepard. Farrison is recognized on campus as his name adorns the Farrison-Newton Communications Building.  W. T. Gibbs served in the 92nd Division Expeditionary Force of the U.S. Army during WWI prior to becoming an eminent president at North Carolina A&T State University.  Gibbs Hall and the Annual Gibbs Conference are named in his honor.  James C. Evans served as chair of the Engineering Department at West Virginia State University where he taught black pilots and mentored NASA “Hidden Figure” mathematician Katherine G. Johnson.  Georgia L. Jenkins served as the 1933-1934 Miss Tennessee A&I.

The following fifteen Edward Waters University students continued the founders’ legacy with their induction into the Mu Phi chapter.

  1. Brandon Bradwell, Senior, BBA – Sports Management
  2. Kerry Guyton, Junior, BA Psychology
  3. Jeronda Jenkins, Junior, BA Psychology
  4. Adeleye Mesogboriwon, Senior, BBA – CIS
  5. Isaiah Montes, Senior, BBA – Business Management
  6. Queen Moore, Junior, BA Psychology
  7. Chase Morris, Senior, BA Criminal Justice
  8. Obiajuru Nwadiokwu, Senior, BBA – CIS
  9. Divine Ogugua, Senior, BBA – CIS
  10. Alexis Ortiz-Rodriguez, BBA – Business Management
  11. Daiton Pass, Senior, BBA – Sports Management
  12. Gina Silvestri, Senior, BA Criminal Justice, Emergency Management
  13. Paris Smith, Senior, BBA – Business Management
  14. Dillon Taylor, Junior, BBA – Business Management
  15. Travales Woodard, Junior, BS Biology

Christian Bowers, the Honors College Faculty Chair stated, “Congratulations to the remarkable students inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Your unwavering commitment to academic excellence exemplifies the values of Edward Waters University.”

The Honors College would like to thank Edward Waters University President and CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.; Provost Genyne Boston; Association Provost Stephanie Campbell; Honors College Dean TaKeia Anthony; Honors College Chair Christian Bowers; and Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research Hyo Kyung Woo.