Nine Students Inducted into International Honor Society

Monday, May 26, 2014

SC State’s Social Work Program recently inducted nine students into Phi Alpha International Honor Society. The students were honored during their induction ceremony on April 24 at the Premiere Center located in Orangeburg.

Phi Alpha International Honor Society

Left to right: Jacorie Slater; LeAnna Gordon; Lakenya Campbell; Lanisa Brown; Stephon Alston; Valarie Wiser; and Christopher Toney were sworn into the Phi Alpha International Honor Society. (Marybeth Stanley and Octavia O’Brien are not pictured.)
The inductees, who live in either South Carolina or Georgia are: Stephon Alston, a junior from Bonneau, S.C.;  Lanisa Brown, a junior from College Park, Ga.; Lakenya Campbell, a junior from North Charleston, S.C.; LeAnna Gordon, a senior from Savannah, Ga.; Octavia O’Brien, a senior from Norwark, Conn.; Jacorie Slater, a senior from Timmonsville, S.C.; Marybeth Stanley, a junior from Barnwell, S.C.; Christopher Toney, a junior from Aiken, S.C; and Valarie Wiser, a junior from Simpsonville, S.C.


Phi Alpha International Honor Society represents high standards of education for social workers and invites into its membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

The purpose of the Phi Alpha International Honor Society is to provide a tight-knit bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Students inducted into the international honor society must be invited by faculty members who monitor the progress and make recommendations.  The future social workers must also be active with social work program activities.

An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving 12 semesters hours in the social work curriculum; an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a 3.25 grade point average in the required social work courses.  Students must apply and complete all information distributed which is then verified and notified of their eligibility.

As members of Phi Alpha International Honor Society, students view the official induction as a significant accomplishment which becomes a part of their resume and will assist them in attaining admission into graduate school.

During the awards banquet, awards are presented to students for academic excellence, leadership and agency partners. A gold honor cord is given to students who are inducted below the senior level. All graduating seniors receive a gold honor stole which is worn with their academic regalia during SC State University’s Commencement.

Dr. Eva Njoku, associate professor of social work, and Juanita Mansell, director of the Greenville Center for the Social Work Program, received special recognitions for outstanding and dedicated service rendered to the Social Work Program.

To learn more about SC State’s Social Work Program, contact Marie H. Artis, advisor and coordinator of the Social Work Program at (803)536-8802. You may also contact her via email at