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W&L to Induct 54 into Phi Beta Kappa at March 12 Convocation

— by on February 29th, 2008

Washington and Lee University will induct 54 new members into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati convocation on Wednesday, March 12, at 11:40 a.m. in Lee Chapel.

The convocation, which is open to the public without charge, also will recognize and honor 53 members of the classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009 who were recently accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa society based on their exceptional academic achievements. The organization also will induct one alumnus, Kenneth P. Ruscio, president of Washington and Lee and a member of the Class of 1976.

The event will feature James A. Arnold, Professor of French Emeritus at the University of Virginia, as convocation speaker. The title of the talk is “Piracy as One of the (IL)liberal Arts.”

Arnold was a visiting exchange professor in Littérature Générale et Comparée at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris and a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge University among other places. He received over 15 major research grants including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Arnold is a prolific author, editor and translator of books, monographs and journal articles and reviewer of books and videos. Arnold received his A.B. from Hamilton College (1961) and his M.A. (1964) and Ph.D. (1968) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also received certificates in French language and literature from the Universite de Paris (1960).

W&L students being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa:

Seniors:

Rubab Kaur Bhangu of Jalandhar, India; Dane Ethan Boston of Dunedin, Fla.; Alexandra M. Chafey of Baltimore, Md.; Megann Louise Daw of Phoenix, Md.; Alexander James Gould of Rocky Mount, N.C.; William Hartmann of Williamsburg, Va.; Adam Tyler Hockensmith of Hagerstown, Md.; Robert Hayne Hollis IV of Dothan, Ala.; Sarah Stansbury Johnson of Atlanta, Ga.; Kathryn Dorothy Krall of Kogan Station, Pa.; Sean Krogh of Richmond, Calif.; Rebecca Susan LeMoine of Byhalia, Miss.; James Arthur Madden II of Dallas, Texas; Blair Kristen McCartney of Dallas, Texas; and Timothy James McGlaston of Attleboro, Mass.

Also Katherine Elizabeth Perry of Birmingham, Ala.; Rohan Poojara of Pune, India; Steven Henry Rivoir of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Amy Ellen Roberson of Nacogdoches, Texas; Lauren Jane Sapikowski of Alexandria, Va.; Kathryn Shellnutt of Virginia Beach, Va.; Alice Shih of Austin, Texas; Mark Christopher Snoddy of Atlanta, Ga.; Chun-Yi Sum of Hong Kong; Lilla Wyman Theus of Columbia, S.C.; Erin Lally Thompson of Richmond, Va.; Grayson Brice Wallace of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; and Hamilton Parker Thompson Wolf of University Park, Texas.

Juniors:

Victoria Louise Christmas of Richmond, Va.; Kehvon Marie Clark of Boone, N.C.; Richard S. Cleary Jr. of Louisville, Ky.; William Henry Covington of Centreville, Md.; Kristin Elizabeth Del Padre of West Warwick, R.I.; Jacob Henry Dwight Geiger of Overland Park, Kansas; Thao Le of Hanoi, Vietnam; Bobby Ray Martin of Pittsville, Md.; Brynlee McGhee of Ocala, Fla.; Mariya Nedelcheva Miteva of Sofia, Bulgaria; and Wesley Ben O’Dell of Millwood, W.Va.

Also Matthew Ford Price of Kenova, W.Va.; Lisa Jeanne Reppell of Boise, Idaho; Dmitry Slavin of Flushing, N.Y.; Paul Sinton Stack of Baltimore, Md.; William Richard Taing of Kent, Wash.; Rebecca Lynne Taylor of Hamilton, Ohio; Elizabeth Gates Webb of Middleburg, Va.; Alexander William Weber of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Robin Zheng of Duluth, Ga.

Recently graduated members of the Class of 2007:

William Sutton Ansley, of Charlottesville, Va.; Heather Hart, of Cambridge, Mass.; Jennifer Hau, of Houston; Alex Kraus, of Cumberland, Md.; and Molly Potekhen, of Richmond, Va.

Alumnus Member, Class of 1976:

Kenneth P. Ruscio, of Lexington, Va.

The Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Award winner is Josiah W. Davis, Warrenton, Va. The organization gives the award to the sophomore with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of the sophomore year.