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'An exceptionally accomplished group'

Phi Beta Kappa's newest members join oldest honor society

There was more than one election in Hanover on Nov. 2.

In the Treasure Room of Baker Library, the Dartmouth Phi Beta Kappa chapter - officially the Alpha of the New Hampshire Chapter at Dartmouth College - elected and initiated its first 20 members from the Class of 2005.


Christine Marie Schott '05 accepts an invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honor society, in November. Kate Soule, Secretary and Treasurer of Dartmouth's chapter, is seated.

"This is an exceptionally accomplished group," said Kate Soule, of the newly elected members, who represent the top 20 students by grade point average in the senior class. Soule, Director of Budget and Fiscal Affairs for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, serves as secretary and treasurer of the Dartmouth Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Next spring, the chapter will elect another group of members from the graduating class.

Dartmouth's new Phi Beta Kappa members have majors ranging from art history and comparative literature to computer science and biology, biophysical chemistry and engineering science.

 "Because the [Phi Beta Kappa] society has a strong focus on liberal arts, some schools have an added need to select students only from liberal arts majors," Soule said. "But at Dartmouth, we feel every curriculum is sufficiently liberal-arts oriented."

Other honors went to Robert D. Butts, Alison F. Crocker and Austin R. Vedder, all members of the Class of 2006 and recipients of the 2004 Phi Beta Kappa Prize, a $100 award recognizing academic excellence.

The society elected three Dartmouth faculty members, Kevin Dunbar, Professor of Education and of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Charles McLane '41, Class of 1925 Professor of Government, emeritus; and Laura-Ann Petitto, Professor and Chair of Education, Research Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, as honorary members. Lewis W. Wolfson '55, Professor of Communication at American University, was also elected as an honorary member in the Alpha chapter of New Hampshire. The honorary and alumni electees will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in June.

Phi Beta Kappa is America's oldest Greek letter collegiate society and one of its most prestigious scholastic honorary associations. Its emblem, the famous gold Phi Beta Kappa "key," symbolizes the academic accomplishments of its members.

Dartmouth's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, founded in 1787, is the fourth oldest in the nation and the first "Alpha" chapter in New Hampshire. Phi Beta Kappa was organized on December 5, 1776, in the Apollo Room of the Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia, by a group of young male students at the College of William and Mary. This original chapter was followed by a second at Yale (1780) and a third at Harvard (1781). The society was secret until 1831 and first admitted women in 1875. Today, there are chapters at some 300 liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States.

By PETER WALSH

PHI BETA KAPPA MEMBERSHIP

  • Mikhail  Akulov '05
  • Devin Patrick Dwyer '05
  • Cortelyou Churchill Kenney '05
  • Jason Lee '05
  • Andrew I. Li '05
  • Tori Lynn McKee '05
  • Anna Rose Nowogrodzki '05
  • Elizabeth Fayen Pope '05
  • Sandeep Chilakamarri Ramesh '05
  • Samantha Snow Schilling '05
  • Christine Marie Schott '05
  • Nicholas Mark Schwartz '05
  • Hiram Shaish '05
  • Katharine Lane Stahl '05
  • Stephen George Stahr '05
  • Mark Chuan-Shih Wang '05
  • Patrick Shea Ward '05
  • Katharine Thayer Wendell '05
  • Christina Ting Yu '05
  • Thomas Andrew Zangle '05

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2004 PHI BETA KAPPA PRIZE

  • Robert D. Butts '06
  • Alison F. Crocker '06
  • Austin R. Vedder '06

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

  • Kevin Niall Dunbar
  • Charles B. McLane '41
  • Laura-Ann Petitto

ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP

  • Lewis W. Wolfson '55

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Last Updated: 12/17/08