Baylor University’s Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 16 new members during a ceremony Dec. 4, 2013, in Armstrong Browning Library.
Fall 2013 initiates include: Ashley Augustino, a senior psychology major from Pearland who plans to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology; Amanda Biedermann, a senior environmental science major from San Angelo who plans to seek a graduate degree in sustainable development; Susannah Brister, a senior University Scholar major; Leslie Calhoun, a senior University Scholar major from Spokane, Wash.; Chelsea Cates, a senior professional writing major from Forney who plans to attend law school next fall; Elizabeth Cunningham, a senior psychology major from Bee Cave who plans to serve as a missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students; Zerek Dodson, a senior University Scholar major from Round Rock who plans to attend graduate school; Megan Hermann a senior biochemistry major who plans to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon; Anastasia Johnson, a senior history major from North Richland Hills; Alex Kimbrough, a senior University Scholar major from Belton who plans to attend medical school and become a medical missionary; Anna Meese, a senior biology major from Ames, Iowa, who plans to attend physician’s assistant school; Courtney Murphy, a senior political science major from Rockwall who plans to seek a job in a Congressional office working with policy issues; Marcie Persyn, a senior classics major from San Antonio; Christina Walther, a senior history major from Rockwall who is considering possible graduate work in Russian history; Catherine West, a senior art history and journalism, public relations and new media major from Plano; and Katy Winslow, a senior anthropology major from League City who plans to seek a graduate degree in public administration.
Phi Beta Kappa , founded on Dec. 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., is the nation’s oldest scholastic honor society, and the first American society to have a Greek letter name. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences.
The Baylor University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta of Texas, was chartered in 1976 and is one of only eleven chapters in Texas. Baylor’s Zeta Chapter now lists more than 100 members.
Initiates shown in photo above are (Front row, L to R): Susannah Brister, Marcie Persyn, Anna Meese, Courtney Murphy and Chelsea Cates; (Back row, L to R): Zerek Dodson, Christina Walther, Elise Cunningham, Leslie Calhoun, Catherine West and Alex Kimbrough..
(Randy Fiedler photo)