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Release: Nov. 10, 1999
Phi Beta Kappa honor society advisors hope for greater
IOWA CITY, Iowa University of Iowa faculty
advisors of the Alpha of Iowa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honor society are
hopeful that with some changes they can increase campus and community-wide
awareness of academe's oldest Greek letter fraternity.
Prior to this year, student Phi Beta Kappa members
and an advisor have directed most of the chapter's public functions. Robert
Ketterer, professor of classics and society president, says the honor society
is now being supported by the College of Liberal Arts and is guided by four
faculty and staff members including himself; Kristine Fitch, associate professor,
communication studies; Kim Mara, associate professor, theater arts; and Pat
Mason-Browne, senior advisor, office of academic programs.
Ketterer says with the additional staff help, the
revision of the chapter's constitution, and other minor changes, the UI chapter
hopes to attract participation among students who have achieved academic success
as well as already inducted Phi Beta Kappa members who would like to meet
regularly with each other for talks and continued learning.
Nationally only 10 percent of college students are
inducted, underscoring the nearly 223-year-old society's well-recognized status,
Ketterer says. Each year, the chapter officers review the academic records
of UI seniors and juniors who meet the honor society's minimum academic requirements,
which for seniors is a minimum 3.8 g.p.a., and completion of 100 semester
hours. Juniors must meet a minimum 3.9 g.p.a. requirement, and must have completed
90 semester hours. Seniors and juniors must also have completed the UI's four-year
proficiency in a single foreign language in order to be considered for induction.
Last May, 74 students were initiated.
The Alpha of Iowa chapter inducts senior members twice
yearly, next on Dec. 5, which marks the date of the fraternity's founding.
The induction of juniors -- who are inducted only in the spring -- will be
held in May.
A business meeting is planned for Monday, Nov. 29
at Gilmore Hall, Room 106, at which time faculty officers will be elected
for the 2000 calendar year. For more information about the UI chapter, contact
Professor Robert Ketterer at 319-335-2327 or email@example.com or
Pat Mason-Browne at 335-2633, firstname.lastname@example.org