Archive for Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts new members

June 21, 2011

The Kansas University Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society has initiated 93 new members, some of whom are from the Leavenworth County area.

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.

Here’s a list of local students inducted:

• Megan Marie Miller, daughter of Ronnie and Marsha Miller, Bonner Springs senior, economics.

• Elizabeth Ann Cristiano, daughter of Elizabeth Ann Cristiano, Lansing senior, human biology.

• Alicia Kadie Cusano, daughter of Rhonda Taylor, Lansing senior, East Asian language and culture.

• Lauren Brooke Summers, daughter of Robert and Catherine Summers, Lansing senior, English.

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.

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