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Phi Beta Kappa Initiates New Members during 2018 Convocation

2018 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University welcomed 41 members of the junior and senior classes and two graduates from the Class of 2017 into the prestigious honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on Sunday, March 18. All of the inductees were accepted into Phi Beta Kappa based on their exceptional academic achievements.

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Program in Health and Human Performance, gave the convocation address, “A Heartful Way of Living with Mindfulness, Compassion and Responsibility.”

The chapter gave Stevan A. Kriss the Phi Beta Kappa J. Brown Goehring Sophomore Award, which goes to the student with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of his or her sophomore year. The award honors J. Brown Goehring, a retired W&L professor of chemistry who, during his 38-year career at W&L, spent 22 years as secretary/treasurer of the University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

This year’s initiates are:

Class of 2017

  • Samuel Thomas Gibson
  • Corinne Ellen Wood

Class of 2018

  • Parker Elizabeth Burrus
  • Mary-Frances Elizabeth Hall
  • Courtney D. Hauck
  • Caroline Ashmore Holliday
  • Truth Iyiewuare
  • Savannah Lynn Kimble
  • Evan Scott Kueffner
  • Emily Elizabeth Limmer
  • Julie Ruth Malone
  • Alex Meilech
  • Nicolas Howard Peck
  • Mary Elizabeth Silliman
  • Natalie Sloane Smith
  • Emily Cordelia Stewart
  • Thomas Hart Thetford
  • Mara Elizabeth Tynan
  • Katrina Michelle Volk
  • Mary Page Welch
  • Jonathan T. Williams

Class of 2019

  • Hammad Ahmad
  • Ryder Tobin Babik
  • Nathan Brewer
  • Hung Viet Chu
  • Natalie Stefanie Dabrowski
  • Alex Farley
  • Joshua Fox
  • Rossella Ivana Gabriele
  • Margaret Grace Kallus
  • Morgan Maloney
  • Julia Mayol
  • Mary Hampton Brown McNeal
  • Katherine Oakley
  • Kathryn Kalady Osowski
  • Henry Carr Patrick III
  • Justin J. Pedersen
  • Lauren Elizabeth Pupa
  • Jackson Arthur Roberts
  • Lisa Amy Roth
  • Brittany Lynn Smith
  • Mohini Tangri
  • Aidan Patrick Valente

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Its motto is “Love of learning is the guide of life.”