UNCG’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the Epsilon chapter, inducted 44 new members on April 9.
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely known of collegiate honorary societies. It was established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary and there are only 276 chapters nationally. Notable members are former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter; NFL quarterback Peyton Manning; historian John Hope Franklin; poet Rita Dove; and film director Francis Ford Coppola.
In 2006, the national society named Epsilon chapter the nation’s most outstanding chapter at a public university. Epsilon chapter was formed during the Woman’s College era in 1934 as a branch of the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter and became an independent chapter in 1956. UNCG is one of only seven institutions in North Carolina to have a chapter. Others are UNC-CH, N.C. State University, Wake Forest University, Davidson College, Duke University and Elon University.
PBK recognizes outstanding scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences. At UNCG, students are generally elected in the spring of the senior year; however, a few students with exceptionally high averages may be elected earlier. Acceptable programs of study are the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science, with appropriate majors or concentrations, in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Department of Economics.
In addition, the student must have the following: a high grade point average, at least six credit hours of a foreign language at the intermediate level, and three-fourths of the total number of hours in courses of a genuinely liberal character, as determined by the chapter.
The inductees and their academic majors are as follows:
• Alamance County – Carey Griffin, Spanish (K-12), son of Gordon Griffin of Burlington; Rachel Jodrey, psychology, daughter of David and Brenda Jodrey of Graham.
• Buncombe County – Lydia Davis, sociology, daughter of Jefferson and Sarah Davis of Asheville.
• Burke County – Joshua Jenkins, biology, son of Jenny Jenkins of Morganton.
• Cabarrus County – Miranda Murphy, history, daughter of Donna English of Charlotte and Vance McGee of Stanfield.
• Catawba County – Nathan Myers, history, son of Becky Steele of Hickory and John Myers.
• Carteret County – Dominick DeFelice, biology, son of Richard and Sandra DeFelice, of Newport.
• Chatham County – Heather Keck, Spanish language, daughter of Danny Keck of Siler City.
• Davidson County – Chrissy Beanblossom, communication studies, daughter of Wade Beanblossom of Lexington and Mary Dauer of Denton.
• Davie County – Kelly Stellato, liberal studies, of Mocksville.
• Durham County – Jaclyn Sassa, English, daughter of Marjorie Sassa of Bahama and Warren Sassa of Glen Head, N.Y.
• Forsyth County – Francisco Martinez-Oronoz, sociology, son of Nolo Martinez of Winston-Salem and Ana Oronoz of Delray Beach, Fla.; Daniel Nasrallah, chemistry, son of Victor and Jayne Nasrallah of Winston-Salem; Margaret Patterson, communication studies, daughter of David and Sonya Patterson of Winston-Salem; Dipti Paudel, biochemistry, son of Ashok Paudel of Winston-Salem.; Charles Sapp, anthropology, son of Lane and Lilyann Sapp of Winston-Salem.
• Guilford County – Ron Baron, psychology/pre-medicine, of Greensboro; Anna Batista, Spanish, daughter of Jose and Joy Batista of Greensboro; Jessie Craft, Latin/secondary education, of Greensboro; John Drum, biochemistry, of Greensboro; Kelly Griffith, biology, of Greensboro; Eliana Mundula, English/studio art, daughter of Andrea and Antonietta Mundula of Greensboro; Mary Piepmeier, art history, of Greensboro; Jonathan Hunt, chemistry, son of Neil and Susan Hunt of High Point; Olivia Kirby, art history/English, daughter of Charles and Rebecca Kirby of High Point; Kevin Kane, studio art/psychology, son of Jim and Eileen Kane of Oak Ridge; Katherine Rachels, communication studies, daughter of David and Elizabeth Rachels of Oak Ridge; William Zang, history, son of Larry and Kathleen Zang of Oak Ridge; Emily Gering, classical studies/English, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Gering of Stokesdale.
• Haywood County – Lisa Hartzell, liberal studies, of Clyde.
• Johnston County – Laura Owens, drama/women’s and gender studies, daughter of Steven and Eva Owens of Clayton.
• New Hanover County – Christopher Nicholas, chemistry, son of Dora Nicholas-Johnson of Wilmington and Roy Nicholas of Buffalo, N.Y.
• Randolph County – Ethan Bell, computer science, son of Michael and Dawn Bell of Asheboro; Kristin Ramsey, English, daughter of Gary Ramsey of Archdale.
• Robeson County – Maria Ruiz Dizon, history, daughter of Marie Copher of Parkton.
• Rockingham County – Rebecca Hand, sociology, daughter of Michelle Pittman of Pelham.
• Rowan County – Taylor Richards, political science, son of Karen Richards of Salisbury and Craig Richards of Harrisburg.
• Union County – Victoria Kurdyla, sociology/psychology, daughter of John and Phyllis Kurdyla of Waxhaw.
• Wake County – Diana Phelps, economics/mathematics, daughter of Mack and Vicki Phelps of Raleigh.
• Wayne County – Carmelina Almanzar, psychology, daughter of Maria Salce of Goldsboro and Freddy Almanzar of S. Plainfield, N.J.
Out of State Inductees
• California – Tenille Kiser, liberal studies, of Oak Park.
• New York – Daniella DeGeorge, psychology with minor in biology, daughter of Roseann DeGeorge of Newburgh.
• South Carolina – Jessica Butler, biology, daughter of Lonnie and Michelle Butler of Fort Mill.
• West Virginia – Paul Gray, psychology, son of Edward Gray of Charleston and Patricia Gray of Culloden.