The Baylor University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa met February 27, 2002 with Burnett, Herring, Johnson, Jordan-Lake, Kisacky, Osborn, Owens, Sharpless, Sheets, Sturgill, Talbert, and Wilkins present.
Chapter president Sue Herring called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting held in the fall were approved by a unanimous vote of those present. Minutes of each meeting are distributed to members by e-mail and may also be found on the chapter website.
Rebecca Sharpless reported on the progress of the Albaugh Lecture Committee and indicated that some preliminary inquiries had been made regarding a speaker for the fall, as well as determining a date for the lecture.
Brad Owens reported on behalf of the Intellectual Activities Committee and announced that the chapter-sponsored student essay contest was underway with the topic of "Conceiving the Christian University." Essays are to be 2000-2500 words in length with an award of $200 to the top entry. The committee is also considering extending a call for scholarly papers from faculty on the same topic and contacting several journals regarding the possibility of exploring this theme in depth in a future journal issue. It was also suggested that the possibility of planning a conference be explored as well as the feasability of co-hosting a professional meeting with another organization.
Julie Kisacky reported on behalf of the Initiation Committee and indicated that plans and preparations are going forward for this year's banquet to be held April 27, 2002, in the Barfield Drawing Room. Committee members had already received individual assignments and things were proceeding well.
Sue Herring reported for the Committee on Members-in-Course and presented the names of those selected for initiation. The committee proposed the election of 13 juniors and 39 graduating seniors. There were 22 senior students elected in the fall, giving this year's class a total of 61 seniors and 13 juniors. All students elected as juniors have a 4.0 GPA and the minimum GPA for seniors was 3.9. (The list of candidates is included as an enclosure). It was again recommended that the committee proceed with a comprehensive review of courses and standards for election to take effect by next fall.
Amanda Sturgill reported that the Henry L. Robinson Scholarship Committee had not completed its work at this time. When scholarship candidates have been determined, the chapter members will be polled by e-mail regarding the committee's recommendations.
Rebecca Sharpless reported for David Hendon regarding plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Zeta chapter. The committee is extending invitations to one or two members of each of the previous classes to participate at a reception prior to the initiation banquet. These special guests will be recognized during the banquet, with one or two invitees asked to speak as representatives of the entire group.
As part of old business, Sue Herring gave a report regarding the chapter's efforts in raising funds for the Cresson Scholarship. At this point, over $1800 has been received from chapter members with another substantial amount in pledges made. Counting contributions from all sources, the chapter has added almost $5000 to the scholarship fund. Chapter secretary Phillip Johnson reported that the list of Visiting Scholars for next academic year has been received and that departments may request to host a Visiting Scholar by collaborating with the chapter. He also indicated that in addition to publishing in the Lariat the names of the students elected to membership, those professors who had been designated by these students would be recognized publicly as well.
With an expression of appreciation for the good efforts of all those in attendance and those working on committees, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.