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PHI KAPPA PHI DISTINGUISHED MEMBERSHIP
– Perry Snyder, executive director of the National Honor Society of Phi
Kappa Phi, recently presented the society’s prestigious “Distinguished
Membership” to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Roy Blackwood, who has
served Phi Kappa Phi both nationally and locally since 1985. Assisting
Snyder with the presentation were Southeastern President Randy Moffett,
Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi chapter President Barbara Allen and Professor
Emeritus of English Lou Ballard, the only other Southeastern Phi Kappa
Phi member to have received Distinguished Membership in the chapter’s 48-year
history. From left, are Moffett, Allen, Blackwood, Snyder and Ballard.
SOUTHEASTERN’S BLACKWOOD NAMED “DISTINGUISHED
MEMBER” OF PHI KAPPA PHI
HAMMOND -- Phi Kappa Phi has
awarded “Distinguished Membership” to Roy Blackwood, a Southeastern Louisiana
University faculty member and former department head who has served the
national honor society both locally and nationally.
An accomplished sculptor, Blackwood,
who headed Southeastern’s visual arts department from 1984-2001, has had
a 15-year association with the university’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the
nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society.
In the chapter’s 48-year history, only one other Southeastern faculty member,
Associate Professor Emeritus of English Lou Ellen Ballard, has been awarded
Distinguished Membership status.
As a Phi Kappa Phi member since
1985, Blackwood was the chapter’s secretary and vice president before serving
as president from 1993-1995. On the national level, he served on the editorial
advisory committee of Phi Kappa Phi’s journal, “The National Forum,” from
1995-1998 and on the selection committee for the honor society’s prestigious
“Phi Kappa Phi and its executive
board approve very few awards of this nature,” said the honor society’s
executive director Perry Snyder. “This award says a lot about Roy Blackwood
and about a chapter that we nationally consider to be exemplary.”
“I can’t think of anyone in our
university community more deserving of this recognition than Roy Blackwood,”
said Southeastern President Randy Moffett, who is also a member of Phi
Kappa Phi. “He has been an outstanding member and an outstanding Southeastern
administrator. But more importantly, he has given of himself -- to the
activities of Phi Kappa Phi and the scholarship expectations it stands
for and to the community.”
An accomplished sculptor, Blackwood
currently directs educational initiatives at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin
Maritime Museum and serves as Southeastern's liaison with the New Orleans
Museum of Art.
He was the first recipient of
Southeastern’s President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity, one
of the university’s highest accolades. He is co-founder of Fanfare, Southeastern's
fall festival of the arts, sciences and humanities, and the university’s
Cultural Resource Management curriculum. Among his many honors, he recently
was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts,
Manufacturers and Commerce, an international multi-disciplinary organization
based in London.
He is a former president
of the National Council of Art Administrators and served as executive vice
president of the Hammond Cultural Foundation. He also is actively involved
locally and nationally with the Boy Scouts of America. He has served as
a scoutmaster and troop committee chair since 1988, and currently, he is
one of 25 scout leaders from throughout the nation on BSA’s Junior Leader
Training Task Force. He is one of 12 national scout leaders who are designing
a new junior leader training program that will debut in 2005.
Blackwood received his bachelor's
degree from Ft. Hays University in 1970 and master of fine arts degree
from the University of Colorado in 1972.
Southeastern has inducted approximately
2,900 members into Phi Kappa Phi since 1956, including 111 members chosen
in 2003-2004. To be considered for membership, a student must be in the
top ten percent of the senior or graduate class or a second-semester junior
in the top 7.5 percent of his or her class. Faculty and alumni are chosen
for outstanding contributions to their fields.