Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Professor Receives Recognition from National Political Science Honor Society

KINGSVILLE - September 21, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 593-4979

Dr. J.D. Phaup, a long-time Texas A&M University-Kingsville political science professor, has earned national recognition from the Pi Sigma Chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society.

Phaup, who served as advisor for the A&M-Kingsville chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha for nearly a quarter of a century, was awarded the Pi Sigma Alpha Chapter Advisor Recognition Award. In a letter from the organization’s leadership, Phaup is recognized for his leadership and the A&M-Kingsville chapter’s “virtually unbroken record of initiates during (his) tenure in (his) post.”  

Phaup— who retired from the university in May after more than 40 years of service—has served as a mentor, professor and counselor for many of the student inductees in Pi Sigma Alpha for 24 years. Under his guidance, the organization has participated in a variety of campus and community service projects and earned the Pi Sigma Alpha’s Best Chapter Award in 2009.

“As the Pi Sigma Alpha advisor for more than twenty years, Dr. Phaup was like a Zen Master to our students,” said Dr. Nirmal Goswami, political science professor and new advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha. “He thoroughly deserves the national recognition he has received; he is irreplaceable. I hope he remains active in the organization in an honorary capacity. Our students will greatly benefit from that.”

About Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is designated as a "Specialized, Upper-Division" society by ACHS.

There are now over 730 chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha located on college and university campuses in every state of the United States and one in Canada.

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