Nkemnji selected as founding member of honorary Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi

July 29, 2013
John Nkemnji

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. John Nkemnji, professor and coordinator of educational media services in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education, was selected as a founding member of the new Kappa Delta Pi – Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter by the KDP executive board, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind.

This new, honorary chapter honors men and women who have made significant and longtime contributions of service to KDP and demonstrated a commitment to its ideals and excellence in education. Membership to the chapter is a lifetime honor. The chapter can include up to 100 living members.

“It is an honor to be nominated and selected for this prestigious new chapter of Kappa Delta Pi,” said Nkemnji. “It is incredibly humbling to be recognized for the services I have performed over the past 30 years for this meaningful organization.”

The new chapter for distinguished educators was named after Eleanor Roosevelt because of her strong beliefs in human rights, her involvement in community service and her deep commitment to the education of youth.

Nominees were required to be active KDP members for at least 20 years and meet criteria of service to the organization including serving as a counselor to a college chapter, providing service on national or international committees, attending several KDP convocations, contributing as a board member or periodical reviewer, contributing to KDP’s publications or educational foundation and receiving awards or recognitions for teaching excellence.

“I would like to thank all of the UW-Platteville students and colleagues I have worked with under the leadership of Rea Kirk, professor in the School of Education, as well as those who served in leadership capacities who mentored me in the KDP leadership program,” said Nkemnji. “Their support and encouragement contributed greatly to my success within the organization.”

“I started at the University of Texas-Austin in 1987 and have taught at UW-Platteville for more than two decades. My membership in KDP – for the Delta Chapter in Austin, the UW-Platteville-Iota Rho Chapter and now for the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter – has been instrumental in helping form my teaching and mentoring philosophies,” said Nkemnji. “I believe every human being has the ability and the right to learn as well as the responsibility to learn and become all he or she can be. The heart of education is the education of the heart. Through my work at UW-Platteville and my membership in KDP, I hope to continue to grow and invite my students to do the same.”

Educators approved for the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi will be inducted at Convo 2013 in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 24-26. Nkemnji will be recognized at the UW-Platteville convocation Aug. 29.

Nkemnji teaches courses in educational media technology, computer applications in education, instructional effectiveness, educational evaluation, ethnic and gender studies, pre-student teaching supervision and directed studies in educational technology. He has taught at UW-Platteville for 25 years.

Contact: John Nkemnji, UW-Platteville School of Education, (608) 342-1244, nkemnji@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu


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