KU News Release


June 3, 2011
Contact: Janet Riley, Budget Office, 785-864-3134

KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts 93 new members

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LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society has initiated 93 new members.

Steven Epstein, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and the Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor of Medieval History, presided at the May 21 ceremony. Marlesa Roney, vice provost for Student Success, welcomed and congratulated the new initiates as they received their Phi Beta Kappa certificates and handbooks.

Amy Devitt, professor of English, gave an address titled “Great Expectations.”

Loren Cressler, a senior in classical languages from Lawrence, who was inducted last year, gave the student address.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa recognizes a student’s high academic achievement while pursuing a broad and substantive liberal arts curriculum. To be eligible for consideration for membership, students must have senior status and a minimum grade-point average of 3.65 on a 4.0 scale.

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest national academic honorary society, was founded Dec. 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. KU’s Alpha chapter, founded in 1890, was the first chapter west of the Mississippi and is one of 280 Phi Beta Kappa chapters nationwide. About 10 percent of institutions of higher learning in the United States have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Janet Riley, associate director of the Budget Office, is KU’s chapter adviser and secretary-treasurer.

New members are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ names and high school.



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