Baylor’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Welcomes New Members

By Randy Fiedler

The Baylor University Chapter (Zeta of Texas) of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 20 new members on Nov. 28, 2017, during a ceremony in Armstrong Browning Library. Baylor’s president, Dr. Linda Livingstone, attended the ceremony and congratulated each new member.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest scholastic honor society and the first American society to have a Greek-letter name. The first chapter was founded on Dec. 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

The Baylor University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was chartered in 1976 and is one of only 11 chapters in the state of Texas. It includes almost 90 current faculty and staff members at the university.

Fall 2017 initiates, listed with their majors, include:

  • Hannah Dorothy Byrd (international studies)
  • John W. Davis (University Scholars)
  • Kingsley Elizabeth East (professional writing)
  • Abigail Ann Haynes (international studies)
  • Sarah Christine Heady (University Scholars)
  • Rozita Hovhannisyan (international studies)
  • Grace Ellen Hutchinson (environmental studies)
  • Sarah Elizabeth Lairmore (medical humanities)
  • Alexandra Larsen (neuroscience)
  • Hope Larson (biology)
  • Isaac David Lill (biochemistry)
  • Paul E. Loftness (University Scholars)
  • Shravya Reddy Pothula (biology)
  • Emily Sedate (religion)
  • Alexandra Michelle Smith (anthropology)
  • Kasey Ann Stokdyk (biology)
  • Matthew Sutton (psychology)
  • Annie Grey Tarver (chemistry)
  • John J. Tohme (biology)
  • Candace Renee Woolverton (history)



Front row, L to R: Kasey Stokdyk, Emily Sedate, Annie Tarver, Candace Woolverton, Isaac Lill, Grace Hutchinson, Hope Larson, Alexandra Smith, Hannah Byrd, Sarah Heady, Dr. Linda Livingstone.

Back row, L to R: Kingsley East, John Tohme, Paul Loftness, Sarah Lairmore, John Davis, Alexa Larsen, Abigail Haynes.

Not pictured: Rozita Hovhannisyan, Shravya Pothula, Matthew Sutton.

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