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Dr. Billie Davis to speak at Evangel University Phi Alpha induction

Evangel University honor society Phi Alpha will host a new member induction on Monday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in Trask Hall. Dr. Billie Davis, former chair of the university’s behavioral sciences department, will be the guest speaker. 


Phi Alpha is a national honor society for students studying social work. Evangel’s social work program will induct the following new members: 


  • Barbara-Ruth “Bru” Hickey—sophomore from Killingworth, Conn. 
  • Kristina Hicks—sophomore from Chesterfield, Mich. 
  • Chelsea Jones—junior from Park Hills, Mo.
  • Taylor King—junior from Olathe, Kan. 
  • Samantha “Lauren” Owsley—senior from Versailles, Ky.
  • Rebekah Squires—sophomore from Wichita, Kan. 
  • Maria McKinny—junior from New Hampton, Mo.













About the speaker


Dr. Billie Davis served on Evangel’s faculty from 1981 to 1992 and was instrumental in helping develop the social work program. 


Davis grew up in a family of migrant workers during the Great Depression and developed a love of education through her experiences with several nurturing teachers in the many schools she attended as a child. Her story was featured in a 1952 edition of the Saturday Evening Post under the title “I Was a Hobo Kid,” and has since been turned into a movie titled A Desk for Billie. 


Davis has authored more than 25 books and was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America in 1999. 


For additional information about the induction ceremony or Phi Alpha, please contact the behavioral sciences department at 417-865-2815 ext. 8610.


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