Columbia College initiated 22 seniors into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Friday, February 17. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
Each year, 10 percent of the Columbia College graduating class is elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Two percent (Junior Phi Beta Kappa) is elected in November and the remaining eight percent is elected in the spring. The students honored on Friday represent the Junior Phi Beta Kappa.
The students and their guests were welcomed by Hazel May, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dean of Columbia College James J. Valentini spoke and the Phi Beta Kappa address was given by Associate Professor of English Marcellus Blount.
Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Members receive a distinctive gold key, which symbolizes the core principles of Phi Beta Kappa – freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression.
The Class of 2012 Junior Phi Beta Kappa members are:
Joon Ho Kang