Phi Beta Kappa Initiates 83 Students April 26

April 21, 1997

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honor society, will hold its annual initiation banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center on the Baylor campus.

Michael Morrison, Baylor law professor, Waco mayor and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, will deliver a charge to the initiates. This year, 83 students will be inducted, the largest group of initiates the university has had since the chapter was formed in 1976. Currently, the Baylor chapter has 922 members.

Additionally, Phi Beta Kappa will honor its 1997 Henry L. Robinson scholars. This award is presented annually to two or three junior level students who have shown significant academic performance in a wide range of subjects in their first three years at Baylor. The recipients receive a full-tuition scholarship for their senior year.

Standards for acceptance into Phi Beta Kappa are demanding. The honor society is open to students who are pursuing a liberal arts degree and have completed 90 hours of liberal arts classes while maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.8. Students do not apply for membership in Phi Beta Kappa but are elected and initiated through the local chapter.

Prominent members of Phi Beta Kappa include six Supreme Court justices, presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, James A. Michener, Elizabeth Dole and Tom Brokaw.

For more information, contact Dr. Philip Johnson, professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Phi Beta Kappa advisor, at 755-3711

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