Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
Columbia College has announced the names of 97 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. in Faculty House. 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 the fall and the remaining eight percent is elected in the spring.
Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1777 for the pursuit of “friendship, morality, and literature.” It was the first student group to adopt Greek letters, standing for the Greek words philosophies bios kubernetes, or “love of wisdom, the guide of life.” Today, this honor society celebrates and promotes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. To be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest academic honors for undergraduate students and recognizes their exceptional scholarship.
The Class of 2019’s newest Phi Beta Kappa members are:
Hannah Barbosa Cesnik
Sylvia Davidovicz Smith
Sandra Goldstein Lehnert
Byung Ju Min
Manuel Perez Archila
Vu Anh Phung
Sarah Rebecca Stephen