The trumpet sounded across campus on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 12:40 p.m. to announce the new candidates for Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. The “Big Reveal” event was staged in buildings on campus, with the main location at the Harned Hall balcony.

According to Dewey Browder, chapter president and chair of the Department of History and Philosopy, “last year was the first announcement of candidates for induction.” Browder assisted APSU President Tim Hall on the second floor balcony as Hall read the names of the candidates over a microphone.

Although this was the main site for campus announcements, names of staff, faculty and students were read in almost every building on campus. Hall, academic deans, and professors were dressed in academic regalia campus-wide. “The APSU Chapter 191 was designated a Chapter of Excellence in 2011,” according to an APSU news release.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has a philosophy of excellence, according to their official website. Excellence in this sense is considered to be a habit and a lifetime value by the organization.

The event in front of Harned featured a live trumpet player playing the opening fanfare, freshman Davey Edmaiston. A member of the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity, Edmaiston said he was offered the task by his music instructor. “I’d gladly take this opportunity,” Edmaiston said.

Scholastic appreciation was the central focus of the Big Reveal. The event drew an audience of students around the AP Bowl. Regarding the students’ new invitations to Phi Kappa Phi, Browder said in an APSU press release, “It is a mark of competency and success that will last a lifetime.”