The Baylor University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa met September 20, 2001 with Burnett, Copeland, Daniel, Hendon, Herring, Johnson, Jones, Logan, Ortuņo, Osborn, Owens, Smith, and Tolbert present. Angela Funk and Richard Ezzeddine, student members of the chapter, were also in attendance.
Chapter president Sue Herring called the meeting to order at 4 pm. The minutes of the previous spring meeting were approved as previously distributed to the membership by e-mail. Minutes of meetings and other chapter information can be found on the chapter website.
After a brief introduction was given by each member present, committee assignments and responsibilities were reviewed by the president. A form was distributed for members to indicate preferences regarding committee assignments for this academic year. In addition, the calendar of events for the chapter was reviewed, making special mention of the Visiting Scholar, Albaugh Lecture, fall initiation, the spring chapter meeting and the initiation banquet in April. The complete chapter calendar is also posted on the website.
Todd Copeland reported on behalf of the Albaugh Lecture Committee. This year's speaker will be John Updike, who will present readings from his works with commentary on November 8, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in Waco Hall. The presentation will be free and open to the public. Updike is the author of more than fifty books and is the recipient of both the National Book Award for fiction and the Pulitzer Prize.
Alden Smith reported on behalf of the Members-in-course Committee and announced that the fall initiation of new members will be December 3, 2001 at 4 p.m. in the White-Beckham room. This group will represent those who graduated last August and those who are graduating in December. Prof. Smith also indicated that the National Merit Scholars Reception has been scheduled for the afternoon of November 7.
Brad Owens reported that the Intellectual Activities Committee is formulating plans to produce a collection of essays from contributors both associated with Baylor and from other institutions to address basic questions related to the liberal arts and sciences It was also suggested that students have an opportunity to contribute to this endeavor. Other possible activities include sponsoring an essay competition on campus and periodic book discussions.
David Hendon reported that plans are moving forward for the observance of the chapter's 25th anniversary. The committee hopes to contact members of each of the previous 24 groups of initiates to assure representation at the banquet in April for each of the 25 years. Also, two or three distinguished PBK alumni will be invited to speak briefly about the value of Phi Beta Kappa over the years. Dr. Hendon indicated that additional funds have been made available to combine this year's initiation banquet with an appropriate anniversary celebration.
Sue Herring reminded chapter members that it is not too late to make a contribution to the Cresson Scholarship which is being supported by the Honors Program, University Scholars Program and Phi Beta Kappa. The goal is to have a high percentage of participation from chapter members, no matter the individual amount, to honor the long and noteworthy contribution of Dr. Bruce Cresson to Zeta Chapter.
Chapter secretary Phillip Johnson reported that this year's Visiting Scholar will be Prof. Katherine Geffcken, professor emerita of Latin and Greek at Wellesley. Her public lecture will be October 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Treasure Room of the Armstrong-Browning Library on the Janiculum Hill in Rome. New chapter membership lists were distributed to those present and annual dues of $2 were collected. There are currently 65 faculty, staff, and honorary members of the chapter, with six student members. Dr. Joel Burnett, Dept. of Religion and Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake, Dept. of English are new chapter members of the faculty. Also announced were the recipients of the 2001 Henry L. Robinson Scholarship: Richard Joseph Ezzeddine and Joshua Edward Canning.
At the conclusion of the secretary's report, the meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.