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Nov. 29, 2007

123 Carolina students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

CHAPEL HILL - Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most honored of all national college honorary societies, has inducted 123 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members.

A Nov. 19 induction ceremony at UNC featured remarks by Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D., William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at UNC. Each new member received a certificate and a Phi Beta Kappa key.

Membership is open to undergraduates in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements.

A student who has completed 75 hours of course work and has a grade-point average of 3.85 (on a 4.0-point scale) or better is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work and has a 3.75 grade-point average. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify to be members.

Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members have included six American presidents, 12 U.S. Supreme Court justices and numerous artistic, intellectual and political leaders. Each year, the 276 Phi Beta Kappa chapters nationwide and their alumni associations raise and distribute more than $1 million in awards, scholarships and prizes benefiting high school and college students.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of six chapters in the state.

Phi Beta Kappa officers at Carolina for 2006-07 are Julia Bobbitt, president; Kathryn Gouzoules, vice president; and Kennan Hedrick, recording secretary. Dr. Robert Lowman, associate vice chancellor for research, is chapter secretary and faculty adviser.

Note: Below, 118 of the inductees are listed alphabetically by North Carolina county and state. Five inductees asked that their names not be published. An asterisk (*) indicates that a student is listed in more than one location.

NORTH CAROLINA INDUCTEES

Alamance

Allison Christine Harrison, a senior American studies major, daughter of Wade and Ellen Harrison of Burlington. 

Glenn Sandler Kern, a May 2007 graduate with a linguistics major, son of Lee and Susan Kern of Mebane.

Beaufort

Erin Christina Potocki, a senior business administration major, daughter of Lance D. Potocki and Elizabeth L. York of Washington.

Buncombe

David Sidney James Hamilton, a senior political science and Romance languages major, son of Dr. William G. and Susie Hamilton of Fairview. 

Lena Marlise Hyatt, a senior biochemistry major, daughter of Joe and Nancy Hyatt of Asheville. 

James Adam Miller III, a May 2007 graduate with a mathematics and physics major, son of James Miller II of Asheville and Jami Mattenger of Arden. 

Cabarrus

Melissa Dee Murr, a senior Spanish and Latin American studies major, daughter of Sam Murr and Ann Wall of Concord.

Carteret 

Kathryn L. Frank, a senior psychology and Spanish major, daughter of Terence and Maryanne Frank of Morehead City.

Jennie Louise Orcutt, a May 2007 graduate with an anthropology and recreation and leisure studies major, daughter of Alan and Jill Orcutt of Pine Knoll Shores.
 
 Catawba  

Christopher Daniel McEachran, a senior psychology major, son of Daniel and Deborah McEachran of Hickory. 
 
Craven  

Sarah Elizabeth Truluck, a senior English major, daughter of Brian Truluck of New Bern and Carolyn Truluck of New Bern.

Cumberland

Ryan Matthew Presley, a senior political science and religious studies major, son of William and Pamela Presley of Fayetteville. 

Sarah Elizabeth Trumble, a senior Germanic languages and literature major, daughter of Floyd and Mary Trumble of Fayetteville. 
 
Dare  

*Lisa Louise Broom, an international studies major, daughter of Patricia Broom of Kill Devil Hills and Geoffrey Broom of West Stamford, Conn.

Alekhya Uppalapati, a junior business administration major, daughter of Raju V. and Vijaya Uppalapati of Kitty Hawk. 

Durham

Alisa Grey Echstenkamper, a senior nursing major, daughter of Mike and Kim Echstenkamper of Durham. 

Kate Scrimsher Horton, a senior art history major, daughter of Wayne L. Horton and Sheryl L. Scrimsher of Durham.

Forsyth

Jonathan Hewitt Engram, a senior business administration major, son of Jonathan and Sally Engram of Winston-Salem. 

Marissa Greene Hall, a senior international studies major, daughter of Mark Hall and Diana Greene of Winston-Salem. 

Shannon Lindsay James, a senior communication studies and psychology major, daughter of Ken James of Winston-Salem. 

Andrew Wesley Jones, a senior economics major, son of Al and Susan Jones of Winston-Salem. 

Kristen Marie Kubis, a senior exercise and sport science major, daughter of Robert and Linda Kubis of Kernersville. 

*Cathleen Michelle Sparks, a senior psychology and religious studies major, daughter of Diana Lee Sparks of Winston-Salem and David L. Sparks of Galena, Ohio.

Amy Kathryn Temas, a senior international studies and Arab cultures major, daughter of Gregory and Janet Temas of Winston-Salem.

Gaston

Sara Jane Simpson, a senior psychology major, daughter of Gary and Jane Simpson of Cherryville. 

Guilford

Christie Lauren Cunningham, a senior political science and history major, daughter of Michael and Robin Cunningham of Greensboro. 

Emily Melton Ingram, a senior linguistics major, daughter of Haywood and Cathy Ingram of Greensboro. 

Rachel Audrey Lewis, a senior linguistics and French major, daughter of Kenneth Eugene Lewis Jr. and Lisa Uzzell Lewis of Greensboro. 

Sarah Niven Long, a May 2007 graduate with a political science and Spanish major, daughter of David and Ann Long of Greensboro. 

William Carl Pittman, a May 2007 graduate with an economics major, son of Ken and Laurie Pittman of Summerfield. 

Mary Jordan Small, a senior sociology and public policy major, daughter of John H. and Susan J. Small of Greensboro. 

Tina Ai Yin, a senior French and studio art major, daughter of Wanbing Frank Li and Aijun Anna Li of Greensboro. 
 
Harnett 

Mildred Elizabeth Davidson, a senior international studies major, daughter of James and Rebecca Davidson of Lillington.

Haywood

Rebecca Austin Wall, a May 2007 graduate with a history major, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Austin Wall of Waynesville. 
 
Henderson  

*Karen Camille Feagin, a senior linguistics major, daughter of Jim Feagin of Hendersonville and Linda Hamlett of Georgetown, Texas.

Emily Claire Laborde, a senior with an English major, daughter of Dr. Robert P. and Susan D. Laborde of Hendersonville.

Hertford 

William Clayton Thompson, a senior mathematics major, son of Monte and Annette Thompson of Harrellsville.

Iredell

McLain Sherrill Mallory, a senior Spanish major, daughter of Mary and James Mallory III of Statesville.

Mecklenburg

Luke Thomas Baldelli, a May 2007 graduate with an English major, son of Raymond and Marylin Baldelli of Charlotte. 

Elizabeth Mardre Cherry, a senior biology major, daughter of Edward and Kimberly Cherry of Charlotte.

Benjamin Laurence Crouch, a junior music major, son of Edith and Laurence Crouch Jr. of Charlotte.

Anna Shepard Daniel, a senior international studies major, daughter of John and Susan Daniel of Charlotte. 

Emily Jane Elliott, a senior economics major, daughter of Mike and Minna Elliott of Charlotte. 

Chelsea Judith Gwinn, a junior English major, daughter of Ches and Debbie Gwinn of Charlotte. 

*Nathan Edward Hans of Charlotte, a May 2007 graduate with an international studies and German major, son of Edward Hans of Shiremanstown, Penn.

Seth Mitchell Ivey, a senior business administration and philosophy major, son of Mitch and Patty Ivey of Charlotte. 
 
*Bryan Lee McKelvey, a May 2007 graduate with a business administration and Asian studies major, son of Janet A. Taylor of Charlotte and Gary L. McKelvey of Morrisville.

Andrew Jeffrey Shoemaker, an August 2007 graduate with an English major, son of Stephen H. and Nancy M. Shoemaker of Charlotte. 

Rachel Kumari Sircar, a senior biology major, daughter of Dhrubo and Anna Sircar of Charlotte. 

Janice Elizabeth Smith, a senior German major, daughter of Rick B. and Katherine S. Smith of Charlotte. 

Lauren Ann Watson, a May 2007 graduate with an English major, daughter of Bill and Betsy Watson of Charlotte.

James Curtis White III, a senior Spanish and political science major, son of James and Catherine White of Matthews.

Catherine Elizabeth Williams, a senior journalism and mass communication major, daughter of Curtis and Cosette Williams of Charlotte.

New Hanover 

*Aaron Lee Marcus, a senior public policy and economics major, son of Gail Marcus of Wilmington and Jeff Marcus of Plantation, Fla.

Orange

Daniel Ethan Becton, a senior philosophy and music major, son of John Becton and Nancy Tannenbaum of Chapel Hill.

Heather Grace Kendell, a senior exercise and sport science major, daughter of Barry and Virginia Kendell of Chapel Hill.

*Patricia Anne McGovern, a senior psychology major, daughter of John W. McGovern of Carrboro and Lavaine McGovern of Malta, N.Y.

Ryan Andrew Millager, a senior dramatic art and music major, son of Andy and Sue Millager of Carrboro. 

David Pierce Rabinowitz, a senior interdisciplinary studies major, son of George Rabinowitz and Stuart Elaine Macdonald Rabinowitz of Chapel Hill. 

Raymond David Shen, a senior political science and communication studies major, son of Dayfann Shen and Yin Yin of Chapel Hill. 
 
Pasquotank

Kyle Charles Hoidal, a senior history major, son of Dr. Charles R. and Susanne Hoidal of Elizabeth City.
 
Pitt

*Clark Daniel Tew, a May 2007 graduate with a history and German major, son of Daniel Lee Tew of Greenville and Vickie Youngblood of Holly Springs.

Rowan

Anna Louise Glasgow, a senior biology and environmental science major, daughter of Doug and Carolyn Glasgow of Salisbury. 

Wake

Elliot Sol Abrams, a senior political science major, son of Douglas B. and Margaret S. Abrams of Raleigh. 

Amy Christa Allen, a senior Spanish and religious studies major, daughter of Perry and Nancy Allen of Knightdale. 

Matthew Charles Baldiga, a senior dramatic art and political science major, son of Frank and Anna Baldiga of Apex.

Clare Reid Barnett, a senior American studies major, daughter of Edwin Barnett of Raleigh and Patricia Reid of Raleigh. 

Sean Patrick Burrus, a senior religious studies major, son of Michael and Christine Rothemich of Raleigh. 

Timothy Christopher Chang, a senior biology and mathematics major, son of David and Quyen Chang of Cary. 

*Emilee Anne Colella, a senior biology major, daughter of Helen Colella of Raleigh and Dr. Joseph Colella of Bozeman, Mont.

Alexandra Caroline Collins, a May 2007 graduate with a psychology major, daughter of Frederick A. and Susan M. Collins of Cary. 

Michael F. Easley Jr., a May 2007 graduate with a political science major, son of Gov. Michael F. Easley and Mary P. Easley of Raleigh. 

Marie Alisa Garlock, a senior international studies and African studies major, daughter of Deo and Barbara Garlock of Raleigh. 

Jane Virginia Honeycutt, a May 2007 graduate with an English major, daughter of Dr. James P. Honeycutt Jr. and Janet Folger Honeycutt of Fuquay-Varina. 

Martin Robert Hyman, a junior Asian studies major, son of Robert M. Hyman and Dr. Greeysolynne J. F. Hyman of Apex. 

Steven Jeremy Liddle, a senior mathematics and computer science major, son of Roger and Susan Liddle of Raleigh. 

*Bryan Lee McKelvey, a May 2007 graduate with a business administration and Asian studies major, son of Gary L. McKelvey of Morrisville and Janet A. Taylor of Charlotte.

Meghan MargEva Morris, a senior economics and public policy, daughter of Cynthia and Arthur Morris III of Raleigh. 

Daniel Gerard Randolph, a junior classics major, son of Robert and Maryanne Randolph of Raleigh.

Graham Philip Saunders, a senior music and philosophy major, son of Neil and MaryLynn Saunders of Raleigh. 

Lesa Ann Sexton, a senior communication studies major, daughter of Robert and Carol Sexton of Raleigh. 

Kristi Lee Strickland, a May 2007 graduate with a sociology major, daughter of Bruce and Karen Strickland of Cary. 

Michael Timothy Tarrant, a senior political science and communication studies major, son of William G. and Christine A. Tarrant of Raleigh.

*Clark Daniel Tew, a May 2007 graduate with a history and German major, son of  Vickie Youngblood of Holly Springs and Daniel Lee Tew of Greenville.

Wilkes

Sarah Louise Bumgarner, a senior exercise and sport science major, daughter of Michael and Pattie Bumgarner of Millers Creek. 
 
Wilson  

*James Scott Wilson, a senior Asian studies major, son of Terri Workman of Wilson and Ian Wilson of Alexandria, Va.

OUT-OF-STATE INDUCTEES

Alabama

Charles Richard Johanson IV, a senior political science major, son of Rick and Theresa Johanson of Birmingham. 

Jennifer Elizabeth Smith, a senior physics major, daughter of Gregory and Elizabeth Smith of Huntsville. 
 
California

Alexandra Elizabeth Simpson, a senior philosophy major, daughter of Irv Simpson of Oceanside and Laura Gurreau of Atascadero.
 
Connecticut

Phillip Reynolds Bowlby, a May 2007 graduate with political science major, son of Samuel W. Bowlby of Hamden and Augusta M. Bowlby of Wallingford. 

*Lisa Louise Broom, an international studies major, daughter of Geoffrey Broom of Stamford and Patricia Broom of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

Katherine Nelson Osborn, a senior psychology and communication studies major, daughter of Frank and Josephine Osborn of New Canaan.
 
Florida

Nicole Christina Ginn, a senior psychology and sociology major, daughter of James and Renee Ginn of Longwood. 

*Aaron Lee Marcus, a senior public policy and economics major, son of Jeff Marcus of Plantation, Fla. and Gail Marcus of Wilmington, N.C.

Vanessa Ruth Patchett, a senior anthropology major, daughter of Robert and Eve Patchett of Niceville. 
 
Georgia 

Laura Elise Bennett, a senior political science major, daughter of Hugh and Karen Bennett of Rome. 

Stefanie Elizabeth Mueller, a senior political science major, daughter of Heinz and Patricia Mueller of Decatur. 

Andrea Schmanne Young, a senior economics and sociology major, daughter of Kevin and Sylvia Young of Bonaire. 
 
Hawaii

Galen Christopher Morakis, a senior chemistry major, son of Christopher and Monica Morakis of Kahului. 
 
Illinois

Elizabeth Vonda Carlson, a senior international studies and Russian and Eastern European studies major, daughter of Edwin W. III and Cindy Carlson of Loves Park. 

David Andrew Hemmings, a May 2007 graduate with a political science major, son of Richard and Jane Hemmings of Glenview. 

Erica Lynne MacKenzie, a senior biology and international studies major, daughter of David and Ellen MacKenzie of Barrington. 

Elizabeth Joanne Menninga, a senior double major in mathematics and peace, war and defense, daughter of Mark and Nadine Menninga of Belleville. 
 
Iowa

Priyanka Sanku Rao, a senior Spainsh major, daughter of Satish and Sheila Rao of North Liberty. 
 
Kentucky 

Shegufta Shefa Sikder, a senior international studies major, daughter of Shoyeb A. and Ayesha Mannan Sikder of Staffordsville. 

Maryland

Keri Lane Berman, a junior political science and psychology major, daughter of Dean R. Berman and Susan E. Lane of North Potomac.  

Katherine Elizabeth Evans, a senior biology major, daughter of Christian and Patti Evans of Easton. 

Christopher James Fritz, senior philosophy and English major, son of Christopher James Fritz and Shannon Kathleen Neville-Fritz of Ellicott City. 
 
Massachusetts

Nicolette Jean Hylan, a senior English and women’s studies major, daughter of Wayne and Karen Hylan of Abington. 

Montana

*Emilee Anne Colella, a senior biology major, daughter of Dr. Joseph Colella of Bozeman and Helen Colella of Raleigh, N.C.

New Jersey

Elliot H. Greenwald, a senior biomedical engineering major, son of Larry Greenwald and Vicki Almy of West Orange. 

Rebecca Leigh Martin, a senior economics and French major, daughter of David and Lorna Martin of Chester. 

Stefan Bryan Ringel, a senior political science and international studies major, son of Matthew and Cecelia Ringel of Ridgewood. 
 
New York

Cody John Gillen, a senior psychology major, son of Stephen Gillen and Jayne Jordan of New York City. 

*Patricia Anne McGovern, a senior psychology major, daughter of Lavaine McGovern of Malta and John W. McGovern of Carrboro, N.C.
 
Ohio

Allison Felicia Badea, a senior communication studies major, daughter of Christian and Karen Badea of Columbus. 

Amrita Sen, a senior political science major, daughter of Amiya Sen of Columbus and Bidya Sen of Columbus.

*Cathleen Michelle Sparks, a senior psychology and religious studies major, daughter of David L. Sparks of Galena and Diana Lee Sparks of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Pennsylvania

*Nathan Edward Hans of Charlotte, N.C., a May 2007 graduate with an international studies and German major, son of Edward Hans of Shiremanstown.

South Carolina

Bimal Ashok Patel, a senior biology major, son of Ashok and Purnima Patel of Myrtle Beach. 
 
Texas

*Karen Camille Feagin, a senior linguistics major, daughter of Linda Hamlett of Georgetown and Jim Feagin of Hendersonville, N.C.

Anna Fara Lassiter, a senior comparative literature major, daughter of Allen and Mary Ann Lassiter of Dallas. 

Justin Ellis Randolph, a May 2006 graduate with a business administration and political science major, son of Robert Randolph of Houston and Beth Beloff of Houston. 
 
Virginia 

Joseph Daniel Carr, a senior communication studies major, son of Richard S. and Martha R. Carr of Williamsburg. 

Carl William Rush, a French and classics major, son of Carl and Stacia Rush of Alexandria.

*James Scott Wilson, a senior Asian studies major, son of Ian Wilson of Alexandria and Terri Workman of Wilson, N.C.

Washington

Jessica Noel Scruggs, a senior public policy and political science major, daughter of Kit Scruggs of Seattle.

Washington, D.C.

*Alexander Williams Snider, a senior political science major, son of Penelope Williams of Washington, D.C. and Raymond Snider of Scharbeck, Belgium.

 

Phi Beta Kappa contacts: Student information, Wanda Wallace, (919) 962-9822, allace@email.unc.edu; faculty adviser, Dr. Robert Lowman, (919) 962-0656, lowman@unc.edu

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