Phi Kappa Phi was born different. In 1897, 10 senior students, 2 faculty members and
the University of Maine president created a new kind of honor society, one that recognized
excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of student Marcus L.
Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, later renamed Phi Kappa Phi
from the letters of the Greek words forming its motto, Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn,
"Let the love of learning rule humanity." Today, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes
academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of
scholars in service to others.