Columbia College initiated 95 seniors into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. 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 students in the Columbia College graduating class are elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Two percent is elected in the fall and the remaining eight percent is elected in the spring.
The students and their guests were welcomed by Hazel May, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dean of Columbia College James J. Valentini spoke to the inductees and Associate Professor of English Marcellus Blount, President of Columbia’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, gave a keynote address.
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 2013 Phi Beta Kappa members are:
Po Linn Chia
Gyu Won Choi
Sung Chul Park
Soo Hyun Rhee
Noelle Van Rysselberghe
The Class of 2012 Phi Beta Kappa members are:
Lorna Zhang Anoushka Vaswani
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