Phi Beta Kappa Society

Alpha Chapter of Virginia

Founded on December 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 regional alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States and more than 130 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.

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Meetings are held in the Brown Board Room of Swem Library unless otherwise noted.

September 10 (Monday)  4:30 pm – Executive Committee
Agenda: Plans for the year, speakers, named scholarships, Winter / Spring inductions

September 18 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm – Stated Meeting
Agenda: Report on scholarship funds, plans for the year, upcoming initiatives

October 29 (Monday) 7:30 pm – Restricted Meeting (instructional and professional faculty)
      Agenda: Election of new student members-in-course, student respondent
      Selection of Ann Callahan Chapel Award student winner

December 5 (Wednesday) – WINTER INITIATION
     4:30 pm  Open House and Reception, Great Hall, Sir Christopher Wren Building
     6:00 pm  Initiation, Wren Chapel, Sir Christopher Wren Building
     7:30 pm  Dinner, Miller Hall, Business School

January 28 (Monday) 4:30 pm – Executive Committee Meeting
      Agenda: TBD

February 6 (Wednesday) 5:00 pm – Restricted Meeting (instructional and professional faculty)
Agenda: Selection of Faculty Awards

February 27 (Wednesday) – Awards Reception
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Award for Advancement of Scholarship, Departmental Award to a Student in honor of a retiring faculty member
     7:00 pm  Reception in Tidewater, Sadler Center
     7:30 pm  Presentations

March 18 (Monday) 7:30 pm – Restricted Meeting (instructional and professional faculty)
Agenda: Selection of new student members-in-course, new faculty and alumni members, student respondent
     Recommendation for 2019-2020 PBK Visiting Scholar

April 2 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm Sherry, 5:30 pm Stated Meeting
Agenda:  Election of Chapter officers, Lifelong Learner Award, and committee reports

April 12 (Friday) 4 pm, Address by Dr. Fred Lawrence, National Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa
      “Free Expression on Our Campuses — The Case for Vigorous Civility”, Tyler 134

April 15-16 (Monday/Tuesday) PBK Visiting Scholar William Chester Jordan (Princeton)
      “The First Crusade and Jewish Martyrdom", Monday April 15, 4:30 pm, Blow 201
      "Teaching Diversity in Medieval Studies", Faculty Seminar, Tuesday, April 16, noon, Brown Board Room, 3rd floor Swem

April 19 (Friday) PBK Salon celebrating 100 Years of Women in PBK
      5-7 pm, Board of Visitors Board Room, with reception

April 30 (Tuesday), Alpha Chapter of PBK Alumni Reunion
      6-8 pm, W&M Washington Center on Massachusetts Avenue near Dupont Circle

11:00 am - 12:10 pm  Initiation, Wren Chapel
      12:10 pm - 1:30 pm  Reception, Tent in Sunken Gardens

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