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Source: Stephen Kiefer, 785-532-2642, swkiefer@k-state.edu
Web site: http://www.k-state.edu/pbk
Note to editor: Kelsey Coen is a graduate of Andover Central High School; Shannon Sulanke is a graduate of Derby High School; Ashley Brown and Danielle Wingfield are both graduates of Olathe North High School; Abby Windhorst is a graduate of Olathe South High School; and Hailey Peterson, Overland Park, is a graduate of Olathe East High School; Robert Simon is a graduate of Cair Paravel-Latin School, Topeka; and Moira Niebauer is a graduate of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha, Neb.
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415, bbohn@k-state.edu

Monday, July 27, 2009

K-STATE'S CHAPTER OF PHI BETA KAPPA SELECTS NEW MEMBERS

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has new members.

The academic honor society is the nation's oldest and most prestigious. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa fosters and recognizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. K-State's chapter was recently named one of the top 15 Phi Beta Kappa chapters in the nation.

To be eligible for membership consideration to Phi Beta Kappa, a student must be a junior or a senior with a grade point average of at least 3.7; students with GPAs between 3.5-3.7 may be considered if the level and depth of their course work indicates an unusually distinguished record.

In addition, students also must be candidates for a bachelor's degree in K-State's College of Arts and Sciences or have at least 90 hours or three-fourths of their total course work from departments in the college. Students also must have taken a required number and level of courses in a foreign language, mathematics, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

New members of Phi Beta Kappa at K-State include:

Daniel Kirksey, December 2008 graduate in philosophy, Auburn; Jamie Gentry, senior in Spanish, Beloit; Victoria Rau, senior in anthropology, Bonner Springs; Mark Chesterman, senior in mathematics, Chapman; Heather Woods, senior in political science and pre-law, Douglass; Crystal Bandel, senior in English literature, Emporia; Frank Male, senior in physics, Eudora; Brent Pinkall, senior in electronic journalism, Great Bend.

From Greater Kansas City: Jessica Ice, senior in anthropology, Kansas City, Kan.; Meredith Lynch, senior in history, and Christopher Walsh, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in biology, both from Leawood; Sarah Burford, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in print journalism, Mission; Ashley Brown, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in English literature, Abby Windhorst, senior in public relations, and Danielle Wingfield, December 2008 bachelor's graduate in anthropology and Spanish, all from Olathe; Lauren Benson, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in English, Katie Gorham, senior in economics, and Hailey Petersen, senior in microbiology, all from Overland Park; Andrew Elliott, senior in anthropology, Prairie Village; and Derek Low, senior in biochemistry, Westwood.

Kelsey Moran, senior in political science, Hays; Amanda Foster, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in English literature, Independence; K'La Ruane, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in anthropology, Jamestown; Aarika Wellnitz, senior in English literature, Junction City; Jill Ihrke, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in English literature, Lansing; Molly Yochim, senior in history, Leavenworth.

From Manhattan: Maki Kashiwaya, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in psychology; Nicholas Kenney, senior in history and political science; Katarina Kudlackova, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in psychology and Spanish; Allison Stuart, senior in English; and Hannah Wilcox, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in geography.

Chelsea Cox, senior in Spanish, Norton; Steven Kelly, senior in political science, Oakley; Clay Kenworthy, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in anthropology and history, Pratt; Hannah Schroller, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in English, Randolph; Kristin Russell, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in English and public relations, St. John; Phuong Vu, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in political science, Salina; Emily Haug, senior in political science, Seneca; Nathan Eilert, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in sociology, Topeka.

From Wichita: Joel Aschbrenner, senior in print journalism; Kelsey Coen, senior in life sciences and Spanish; Leschia McElhaney, May 2009 graduate in psychology and anthropology; and Shannon Sulanke, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in Spanish and family studies and human services.

From out of state: Justin Bridges, senior in political science, Irvine, Calif.; Robert Simon, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in English and history, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Cristina Brown, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in psychology, Chesterfield, Mo.; Bethany Graves, senior in history, Fairfax, Mo.; Moira Niebauer, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in English and journalism, Mayfield Heights, Ohio; Ashlyn Cheray, senior in history, Richmond, Texas; Darin Lenz, graduate student in history, Kirkland, Wash.; and Cheri Lee, senior in history, Bloomington, Wis.