Phi Sigma Iota, founded in 1922 at Allegheny College, is the International Foreign Language Honor Society which recognizes excellence in the study of modern foreign languages, classical languages, linguistics, and comparative literature. It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages, and seeks to promote international communication and understanding. The organization publishes the national magazine The Forum to keep its membership and the public at large informed on matters of interest in the field of foreign languages.
Every April the Department of Foreign Languages hosts a recognition banquet at which new members of Phi Sigma Iota are inducted. Many of our Phi Sigma Iota members have been recipients of departmental honors.
Since 1990, the Mercer chapter has been awarded thirteen national scholarships which students have used to enhance their language skills in this country and abroad. Our most recent scholarship recipients are Crystal Hodnett (2001, Latin), Genevieve Reed (2001, French), Jeanette Riverwind (2002, French), Carol Hicks (2002, Spanish), Holly Collins (2002, French), Patsy Silarek (2002, German), and Mike Paalz (2003, Spanish). We are very proud of the tradition of excellence which our students continue to maintain.
For many years Dr. Winfield was the Faculty Advisor for the ETA ETA Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society at Mercer University since its inception in March, 1979. As a result of his support, encouragement and written recommendations thirteen members have won national Phi Sigma Iota scholarships, the largest number awarded to any Chapter in the country. His colleagues and friends in the Foreign Languages & Literatures department wish to thank him for his hard work and dedication to these outstanding language students and this prestigious Honor society.