October 26, 2020

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts Stars at Academics and Adaptability

The University of Mary Washington inducted 34 students earlier this year into Phi Beta Kappa, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor societies. Founded in 1776 – the same year as the signing of the Declaration of Independence – the organization is dedicated to championing a liberal arts and sciences education. In […]

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts Stars at Academics and Adaptability

The University of Mary Washington inducted 34 students earlier this year into Phi Beta Kappa, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor societies.

Senior Nichole Boigegrain is one of 34 UMW students elected to Phi Beta Kappa, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic societies. Here, she stands with the PBK marker on Campus Walk. UMW’s Kappa of Virginia chapter celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Senior Nichole Boigegrain is one of 34 UMW students elected to Phi Beta Kappa, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic societies. Here, she stands with the PBK marker on Campus Walk. UMW’s Kappa of Virginia chapter celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Founded in 1776 – the same year as the signing of the Declaration of Independence – the organization is dedicated to championing a liberal arts and sciences education. In the midst of the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa’s founders recognized that institutions needed to be “a grounding force and elevating influence in turbulent times,” according to its website – a principle the society upholds today.

Notable members include presidents and Supreme Court justices, activists W.E.B. DuBois and Helen Keller, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Nichole Boigegrain joined the ranks of that elite group of scholars, including those who have been initiated into UMW’s Kappa of Virginia chapter over the last half century, since its founding in 1970. But she had to navigate through some 21st-century problems along the way. Read more.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar to Speak at UMW

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lydia Liu will present a public lecture at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, March 22. The free talk, “Fables of Romantic Science: Robinson Crusoe’s Naval Career,” is at 5 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. During her two-day visit, Liu also will meet with UMW honors students, Chinese […]

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts New Members

The University of Mary Washington chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa of Virginia, recently inducted 46 students into the chapter.  Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Members of the Kappa Chapter of Virginia at the 2014 induction ceremony.

Members of the Kappa Chapter of Virginia at the 2014 induction ceremony.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776 and has since upheld the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression, sponsoring activities to advance the study of the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. The society invites the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities for membership.

The UMW chapter, Kappa of Virginia, selects its members based on rigorous scrutiny of students’ academic achievements as demonstrated through grade point averages.

New members of Kappa of Virginia include:

Benjamin Blalock

Kathleen E. Busch

Danielle P. DeSimone

Danielle C. DeVille

Emily M. Farnsworth

Shannan M. Feight

Elisa Fuhrken

Tabitha Glinski

Gabriella Graham

Elizabeth Green

Charlotte Hageman

Felicia Hamn

Claire Harrington

Elizabeth Henry

Phillip Hitt

Max Huemer

Alicia Izaguirre

Katherine Johnson

Eun-Mi Ju

Anna Kania*

Erin Keener

Celeste Kelly

Jared Kline

Katie Lebling

Catherine LeBouton

Emma Leheney

Daniel Lipscomb

Ellynn Loftus

Sarah R. Marzec

Paige H. R. McKinsey

Melissa Mittelman*

Jerome M. Mueller

Sidney A. Mullis

Emma C. Oestreicher

Leanna J. Papp

Lauren I. Pettengill

Robin R. Ramey

Jordan W. Reece

Hannah W. Riddle

Alexandra M. Ritter

Brittany Scites

Brittany Simmons

Kimberly Slater

Mollie E. Welty

Margaret Wilder

Kaylee L. Wilsher

*Juniors

Phi Beta Kappa Scholar to Visit UMW, Nov. 21-22

Philip J. Deloria, a 2013-2014 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, will visit the University of Mary Washington to present a public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. Deloria’s lecture, “American Indians in the American Popular Imagination,” is presented through the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Visiting Scholar Program and will be featured as part of UMW’s Native American Cultural Celebration, taking place Nov. 18-22. The lecture is free and open to the public. Philip J. Deloria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan. Photo courtesy of Phi Beta Kappa. During his two-day visit, Deloria also will speak with students and faculty in a range of American studies and history courses and meet with PBK members. Deloria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan and has joint appointment in the departments of history and American culture. He is currently the associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. He is the author of two prize-winning books, “Playing Indian” and “Indians in Unexpected Places,” as well as the co-editor for several others. He also has written for numerous scholarly journals in the fields of American Indian studies, environmental history and cultural studies. Deloria has served as president of the American Studies Association, as a trustee of the Smithsonian’s National History Museum of the American Indian and is an elected member of the Society of American Historians. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely known academic honor society in the nation, with chapters at 283 institutions and more than half a million members. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence and to foster freedom of thought and expression. The UMW chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa of Virginia, selects its members based on rigorous scrutiny of students’ academic achievements as demonstrated through grade point averages. UMW inducted 51 new members into the society last spring. The lecture is sponsored by Kappa of Virginia, the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication, the Department of History and American Studies, the American Studies Program, the Honors Program, and particularly the Wendy Shadwell ’63 Program Endowment in British Literature. Additional information about the PBK Visiting Scholar Program can be found at http://www.pbk.org. For more information about Deloria’s visit, please contact Professor Gary Richards at grichard@umw.edu or (540) 654-2365.

UMW’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 51 New Members

The University of Mary Washington chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa of Virginia, recently inducted 51 students into the chapter.  Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776 and has since upheld the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression, sponsoring activities to advance the study of the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. The society invites the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities for membership.

The UMW chapter, Kappa of Virginia, selects its members based on rigorous scrutiny of students’ academic achievements as demonstrated through grade point averages.

New members of Kappa of Virginia include:

Brent Arehart

Sarah Bergstresser

Elizaveta Blasser

Erin Boggs

Taylor Bono

Ethan Bottone

Kelly Brown

Morgan Brown

Brittany Byrd

Kevin Cherniawski

Gemma Cohen

Jennifer Crystle

Rita Daniel

Sarah Decker

Mariela DeMaio

Katherine Diemer

Emma Eggers

Rachel Eiker

Natalie Fraize

Abigail Gellene

Amy Gerrard

Melissa Getz

Emily Gibbs

Ryan Green

Emily Hodder

Lauren Holt

Casey Howren

Eric Knapp

Devin LaMoy

Dane Lawhorne

Cooper Lawton

Courtney Lynn

Colin McElhinny

Sarah Mendelsohn

Kathleen Nelson

Julia Pannewitz

Amanda Parker

Alexis Pennings

Hannah Ridenour

Charlotte Rodina

Candice Roland

Bryanne Salazar

Kandra Selby

Elizabeth Storey

Leah Tams

Erin Taylor

Chiara Tornabene

Derek Whitaker

Alexandra Wolfson

Susi Woofter

Rebecca Wright

Three UMW Students Intern with Phi Beta Kappa

University of Mary Washington seniors Jennifer Crystle, Christine LaPlaca and Riham Osman have been chosen as writing interns as part of Phi Beta Kappa’s new two-semester internship program.

During the internship, the students will prepare a series of brief articles for publication on Phi Beta Kappa’s national website for news and alumni relations.

Phi Beta Kappa, based in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s oldest academic honor society focused on the liberal arts. The Kappa Chapter of Virginia was established at Mary Washington in 1971.

UMW’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 47 New Members

The Kappa of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

The University of Mary Washington chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa of Virginia, recently inducted 46 students and one alumna into the chapter.  Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776 and has since upheld the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression, sponsoring activities to advance the study of the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. The society invites the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities for membership.

The UMW chapter, Kappa of Virginia, selects its members based on rigorous scrutiny of students’ academic achievements as demonstrated through grade point averages.  This year, the UMW chapter chose seniors with weighted GPAs of 3.74 or higher and a select group of juniors.

The chapter also extended an offer of membership to alumna Rebecca Young Guy, class of 1961, for her outstanding career as an educator and community activist. Guy, a Stafford County, Va., resident, taught English and Latin in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Quantico for 44 years. She is the co-founder of the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence and founding member of the White Oak Volunteer Rescue Squad.

New members of Kappa of Virginia include:

  • John Ackley
  • Kyle Allwine
  • Tera Beatty
  • Hannah Beckman
  • Ann Carroll
  • Lisa Carter
  • Katherine Casey
  • Elyse Clark
  • Nicole Cochran
  • Kelsey Conway
  • Lindsay Cutler
  • Megan DeSmit
  • Kathryn Dillinger
  • Aubrey Elliott
  • Hallie Feingold
  • Marina Frano
  • Paige Gibbons
  • Katherine Gibson
  • Emily Goldhammer
  • Anne Grasselli
  • Rebecca Young Guy
  • Anna Holman
  • Callie Kyhl
  • Lauren Kyser
  • Christine LaPlaca
  • Amy Leap
  • Allison Leninger
  • Paola Maldonado-Torres
  • Shaun Mayer
  • Jessica Murnin
  • Amy Newcomb
  • David Noel
  • Brooke Parker
  • Theodore Pugh
  • Katherine Rosinski
  • Lucas Ruth
  • Kelly Scott
  • Amy Smetana
  • Ericka Smith-Thomas
  • Mary Snapp
  • Lonnie Southall
  • Chelsea Thomas
  • Annie Truslow
  • Abbey Vinik
  • Alice Wagner
  • Margaret Walker
  • Elizabeth Williams