Phi Beta Kappa Honored On 240th Anniversary

From left, Joanne Wendelberger, Tom Shankland, Ruth Lier, Linda Hull, Julie Wangler, Becky Shankland, Bob Chrien, Joyce Guzik, and Valerie Wood. Photo by Victor Medina
PBK News:
Several members of the local alumni association of Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) gathered Dec. 5 at Cottonwood on the Greens in commemoration of the 240th anniversary of the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for the liberal arts and sciences.
The society was founded during the Revolutionary War, Dec. 5, 1776, by five students from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Inspired by these students’ pursuit of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience, and creative endeavor through liberal education and intellectual fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa has worked for well over two hundred years to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.
Its letters stand for “Love of learning is the guide of life.” There are 286 active chapters in American colleges and universities today; in addition, there are 49 active alumni associations in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Los Alamos Association of Phi Beta Kappa has 238 members. Members will host the association’s annual banquet recognizing high-school honors students on Sunday evening, April 23, 2017.

For information about the national Phi Beta Kappa organization, visit; for information about the local alumni association, contact Eric Chisolm,