Texas Tech Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to Induct Top

A year after the installation of Texas Tech University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, 85 students will be inducted into the society.

A year after the installation of Texas Tech University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, 85 students will be inducted into the society.

The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. April 9 in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building on the Texas Tech campus.

Allison Blakely, president of the National Phi Beta Kappa Society, will preside and speak at the ceremony. Blakely is professor of European and comparative history and the George and Joyce Wein Professor of African American Studies at Boston University. This year, he is serving as a visiting scholar at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.

Chancellor Kent Hance also will provide welcoming remarks and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President John Baldwin, himself a member of Phi Beta Kappa, will speak briefly as well.

Phi Beta Kappa has been in continuous existence since its founding in 1776 and is considered one of the nation’s leading advocates for excellence in education, particularly in the liberal arts and sciences. The society has chapters at only 10 percent of U.S. universities. Only three public universities in the state of Texas have been granted the right to host chapters.

Mary Jane Hurst, president of the Texas Tech Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the person who served as the leader for the initiative to secure a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, said that the honor society has very high expectations for its host institutions and for the students selected for membership.

"Our Phi Beta Kappa status means that prospective faculty may be assured of affiliation with an institution whose commitment to excellence is proven and established," she said. "It means that every degree granted at Texas Tech University is enhanced in value. It means permanent association with the very best in American education. This organization helps Texas Tech to recruit high quality faculty, staff and students."

The ceremony will last about an hour and will be followed by a reception in the SUB Ballroom. Students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend. Community visitors may park in lot R-13 at 15th Street and Akron Avenue.

CONTACT: Mary Jane Hurst, faculty assistant to the president, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2121 or maryjane.hurst@ttu.edu. Also visit www.presidentialseries.ttu.edu or www.ptdc.org.