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Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Welcomes New Class

Texas Tech is one of 10 percent of universities granted the right to shelter a chapter.

Written by Megan Ketterer

Kent and his wife Susie.

The Texas Tech University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, elected its new cohort of student honorees who participated in an induction ceremony April 24.

Texas Tech is one of 10 percent of universities granted the right to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and only about eight percent of liberal arts and sciences graduates are selected for a lifetime membership.

“The university is proud to have this prestigious honor society on campus,” said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. “We are proud of the students inducted and look forward to the great things they will accomplish as alumni of Texas Tech.”

The honor society prides itself on the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor. Its motto, represented by the Green initials is: “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Notable members of the society include: former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; seven of the nine current U.S. Supreme Court Justices; actress Glenn Close; and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

“Texas Tech strives to be one of the best universities not only in the state of Texas, but in the country,” said Marc Lochbaum, Phi Beta Kappa chapter president. “The commitment of the university to support a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter is an example of us striving to be one of the best universities in the country.”

Students inducted for 2014 are:

  • Suzanne Alkul, senior biochemistry major
  • Nicole Amos, senior psychology major
  • Kendall Arthur, junior biology major
  • William Baker, senior English major
  • Kelsey Bates, senior sociology and criminology major
  • Ryan Best, senior music major
  • Natalie Brown, senior international economics major
  • Nicholas Brown, senior exercise and sport sciences major
  • Casey Bryant, senior exercise and sport sciences major
  • Claire Burrus, senior biology major
  • Jonathan Clark, senior physics major
  •  Jake Contos-Heidrich, senior physics and math major
  • Sarah Cotton, junior cell and molecular biology major
  • Jessica Eastman, senior biology and Spanish major
  • David Esquivel, senior mathematics major
  • Shannon Foster, senior English major
  • Ryan Glidewell, senior classics and psychology major
  • Michael Gomez, junior political science major
  • Lacey Hamlin, senior psychology major
  • Tanner Haynes, senior history German and classics major
  • Matthew Hernandez, senior exercise and sport sciences major
  • Shirley Hess, senior political science major
  • Rachel Holt, junior social work major
  • Michael Ibarra, senior biology major
  • Philip Jarrett, junior cell and molecular biology major
  • Brittany Lancaster, senior psychology major
  • Lauren Littlefield, senior arts and letters major
  • Lindsey Lowe, senior exercise and sport sciences major
  • Lauren Martin, senior exercise and sport sciences major
  • Kathryn McKeever, senior mathematics major
  • Megan Miglioretto, senior mathematics major
  • Jaimie Moore, senior biochemistry major
  • Cole Morrison, senior Spanish major
  • Kyle Newton, junior sociology major
  • Hannah Pham, senior biology major
  • Jessica Puthenparampil, senior psychology major
  • Sarah Riegler, senior history major
  • Alisa Rogers, senior sociology, psychology and anthropology major
  • Daniela Rojas, senior microbiology major
  • Luis Ruiz, senior biology and Spanish major
  • Flint Smith, senior biology major
  • Kellee Smith, senior mathematics major
  • Noor Subah, senior biology major
  • Catherine Swindle, senior music performance and French major
  • Tabitha Threatt, junior cell and molecular biology major
  • Kory Tillery, senior microbiology major
  • Breanna Vasquez, senior sociology and psychology major
  • Julia Voelkl, senior classical and modern languages and literatures major
  • Alison Wagner, senior psychology major
  • Kendra Walker, senior cell and molecular biology major
  • Meagan Walsh, senior English major
  • Kristen Weasenforth, senior mathematics and German major
  • Andrew West, senior communications studies major
  • Heather Williams, senior geoscience major
  • Heather Wyland, senior history major
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