Department Activities

Phi Alpha National Honor Society, Lambda Psi Chapter

2021-2022 Phi Alpha Officers:

President: Kate Miller

Vice President: Emma Johnson 

Secretary: Claire Witmer

Treasurer: Brittany Durben

Historian: Keara McDevitt

Membership Information:

Membership is by invitation only. To be invited into the Phi Alpha Honor Society at Messiah University, a social work major must achieve sophomore status and have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.5 major GPA. There is a membership fee of $10. After being inducted in Phi Alpha, students are expected to maintain academic excellence, along with attending member meetings, Cookies and Questions events, and a minimum of one service project a year.

Service Projects:

The Phi Alpha National Honors Society is committed to serving to others. Our chapter has been involved in multiple service opportunities. Each year we host two service projects, one in the fall and one in the spring. Members are required to attend one service project each year.

Recent Past Service Projects:

Spring 2019: Special Olympics Awareness/Training: With the coordination of social work student, Andrea Timbone, the members of Phi Alpha heard a speaker tell of his experiences with individuals with special needs. Afterward, Phi Alpha officers hosted a brief discussion on disability.

Fall 2019: Bethesda Mission Community Center: Filling bags with Thanksgiving meal items: Members of Phi Alpha helped to fill over 250 bags with canned goods and boxed stuffing and potatoes for families to enjoy. Other members made banners that would decorate the center during their Thanksgiving dinner.

Fall 2018: Operation Warm Hearts - Knitting Night: Emily, an alumni of the Messiah College Social Work Department, started Operation Warm Hearts as her communities project. She uses looms to create hats and scarves for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Cookies and Questions:

Cookies and Questions occurs once a month and provides a time for all social work students to come together. This allows time for underclassmen to seek advice from upperclassmen regarding social work classes, assignments, and placements. Cookies and questions also counts towards professional development. Information on specific dates and times will be provided through email, in class announcements, and facebook posts on the Messiah University Social Work Department page.

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We offer two committees for member to join. They are the service project committee and the cookies and questions committee. The goal of the committees is to increase member involvement and provide multiple opportunities for leadership within the club. Committees are responsible for planning and organizing Phi Alpha events.