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Phi Aplpha ceremonyThe concept of a national social work honor society came from a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan State University in 1960. Investigation revealed that local chapters existed at three schools. Those three schools along with a few other schools formed a National Honor Society Committee in November, 1960.

For more than a year this committee worked on the constitution and other administrative matters. The name Phi Alpha and the key were adopted from the local chapter which existed at Florida State University. The constitution and formal organization were complete in 1962, and six chapters qualified to become "charter chapters." They were: Florida State University, Michigan State University, Ohio Northern University, Central State College, University of Dayton and the University of Tennessee. Over 155 chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing.

Phi Alpha offers membership to social work students, faculty and practitioners, and each chapter is free to develop a program to meet local needs. The National Council is the policy-making body and meets each year at the time and place of the Annual program meeting of CSWE. Each chapter has one voting representative on the Council.

BSSW Eligibility for Membership

MSU Denver Epsilon Lambda Chapter eligibility is verified by the Office of Social Work Student Services after grades post for the Fall Semester.  Students are inducted the following Spring semester.

An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:

  1. Declared social work as a major
  2. Completion of at least 12 credits of required 3000/4000-level social work coursework.
  3. Achieved a minimum MSU Denver overall GPA of 3.5
  4. Achieved a minimum Social Work GPA of 3.75

MSW Eligibility for Membership

MSU Denver Epsilon Lambda Chapter eligibility is verified by the Office of Social Work Student Services after grades post for the Fall Semester.  Students are inducted the following Spring semester.

A Graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:

  • Completion of 15 graduate level social work courses (Field Experience must be included)
  • A GPA of 3.75 or higher

Membership Process

  1. Only eligible students are notified via email to complete the Phi Alpha Online Membership Application.
  2. Membership dues include a charter fee of $20 for each new chapter member
  3. Members will vote for the BSW and MSW Phi Alpha Co-Presidents, respectively.  The BSW members hold the Phi Alpha Vice-President and Phi Alpha Secretary/Treasurer officer positions.
  4. All new members are required to do a community project, which can also be the fundraiser for the Spring Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony
  5. The Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony is funded and organized by all Phi Alpha members with the support from the Phi Alpha Faculty Advisor and BSW Advisor
  6. Membership is available to all full-time social work faculty
  7. Medallions, plaques, pins, and paperweights are available for members to purchase for the Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony and Graduation.

Each chapter may select two persons each year for honorary membership. This recognition is available to persons outside the program who have made a significant contribution to the program and/or society. Membership certificates for honorary members are provided by the National Office without cost to local chapters.

 

 

The National Phi Alpha Honor Society Office

East Tennessee State University
Post Office Box 70645 Johnson City, TN 37614-0645
Phone: (423) 439-4372 Fax: (423) 439-4471
boydj@etsu.edu
www.phialpha.org

Services Provided by the National Office

Brochures
Annual meeting in conjunction with the CSWE-APM
A chapter membership certificate
Phi Alpha banner for each chapter
Individual membership certificates
A Phi Alpha ribbon and button for each member
Information about ordering items with the Phi Alpha logo, pins,
pendants, medallions, plaques, shirts, and caps are available from outside vendors.
Consultation


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Main Office Phone:

303-615-0555

Location:

Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362