Phi Delta Lambda is a national honor society of graduates of the higher education institutions sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene in North America. MVNU's chapter, the Kappa chapter, was organized in 1976 with the graduation of the first baccalaureate class.
Membership in the honor society is by vote of the faculty of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, who may elect up to 15% of the baccalaureate degree graduating class from those graduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
The Greek letters signify core honor society values: Φ (phi for philosophia) for the love of wisdom, Δ (delta for dikaiosune) for righteousness, and Λ (lambda for latreia) for service. Thus the Kappa chapter seeks to (1) nurture the ideals of the love of wisdom, the practice of righteousness, and the attitude of service, (2) promote cordial relations between students and graduates of MVNU, and (3) encourage these ideals in the institutional life of the University.
Activities and Sponsored Events
The Kappa chapter sponsors annual activities and events to support scholarship, spiritual discipline, and service.
- Chapter constitution (.pdf)
- Activities and sponsored events — Through the academic year, the Kappa chapter hosts or co-hosts campus events that highlight scholarship and service, conducts an induction ceremony for new members, and invests in scholarships for selected students.
- Biographical sketch of Phi Delta Lambda Endowed Scholarship recipient for 2012-13.
Rachel N. Simpson, who hails from Beavercreek, Ohio, is a junior pursing a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education with a minor in Spanish. She plans to teach the fourth or fifth grades and Title I reading. She shared her plan.
I am so excited to work with children, and to help educate them so that they can have a better life. I would like to teach overseas at some point, preferably in a developing area. I really believe that in areas in which the vicious cycle of poverty reigns, a good education can be the turning point in helping children change not only their own lives, but their family's lives and future generations as well.
If not teaching in another country, I would like to serve children in some capacity. Whether that might be foster care, an orphanage, or even helping with the children at church, I feel called to work with youth. My fiancé is currently a youth pastor, and even working alongside him with the teenagers or helping with the kids at the church he is at is important to me.
To me, MVNU is a place of growth and opportunity. I have had leadership opportunities which greatly developed me and made me into the person I am now. I have been encouraged by professors who care about me as a person, not simply what kind of assignments I turn in. I have had wonderful relationships with faculty and staff, and have loved the opportunity to get to know so many caring adults that are willing to speak into my life. MVNU is a community in which we can grow together, share our brokenness, and journey together as we try to become more like Christ.
Giving to Phi Delta Lambda
Members are encouraged to submit annual dues and to support chapter activities and projects.
- Annual dues to support annual activities and new member induction activities — $5.00
- Contributions to the Phi Delta Lambda operating budget to support annual activities and sponsored events
- Contributions to the Phi Delta Lambda Endowed Scholarship fund, the proceeds from which are dedicated to scholarships to outstanding juniors. Need and merit are dual award criteria.
Electronic payment is now available by clicking the links
above, or they may be mailed to the Phi Delta Lambda at the University address:
800 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Executive Council (2012-14) Members and Contact