Fifty-three students in West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa by the Alpha of West Virginia Chapter May 17, and the chapter awarded its annual Strum Scholarship to Gabriel Tapia, a junior mathematics major from Morgantown.

In addition, M. Duane Nellis, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded an honorary membership in Phi Beta Kappa to acknowledge his lifelong commitment to the goals of a liberal arts education, his scholarly work and national leadership in his academic field of geography and his continuing interest in the initiatives of the chapter.

During the ceremony Armand Singer, professor emeritus of foreign languages, provided a lecture on the history and significance of the organization, both nationally and on campus, and Richard Montgomery, associate professor of philosophy and chapter president, gave an address on the role of stories in conveying knowledge and culture.

Admission to Phi Beta Kappa, founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, is recognized as the highest academic honor a student majoring in the liberal arts and sciences can receive. WVU ’s chapter was established in 1910. Students are selected on the basis of their scholastic records and moral character.

The officers for 2003 are President Richard Montgomery, Vice President Armand Singer, and Secretary/Treasurer Michael Mays, professor of mathematics.

WVU Phi Beta Kappa Initiates, May 17, 2003

  • Abigail Aikens, English, Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Nicholas D. Bartlow, computer science, Conklin, N.Y.
  • J. Scott Biola, interdepartmental studies, Elkins, W.Va.
  • Shannon Rae Bond, psychology, Mt. Hope, W.Va.
  • Amy Lynn Bossio, political science, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Annelee C. Boyle, biology and foreign languages, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Elizabeth Alexis Bragg, biology, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Christopher M. Carter, biology, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
  • Travis James Crites, foreign languages, Weston, W.Va.
  • Sarah Marie Davis, mathematics, Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Megan Rea DeJesus, chemistry, Glen Dale, W.Va.
  • Lauren J. Donovan, political science, Midlothian, Va.
  • Mandi Marie Frederick, English and philosophy, Rivesville, W.Va.
  • Joshua Blake Fry, political science, Wayne, W.Va.
  • Eric Matthew Golden, physics, Ridgeley, W.Va.
  • James E. Greaver, Jr., English, Bridgeport, W.Va.
  • Jeanne L. Gross, psychology, Sutton, W.Va.
  • Amber Leigh Hevener, biology, Elkins, W.Va.
  • Crystal Marie Hickman, biology and psychology, Camden-on-Gauley, W.Va.
  • Keisha-Morae Hopkins, English, Bluefield, W.Va.
  • Jennifer Lynn Hrdlicka, political science and economics, Parkersburg, W.Va.
  • Lisa Anne Humpheys, psychology, Yardley, Pa.
  • Nicholas S. Johnson, political science and economics, Richwood, W.Va.
  • Shayanne Jones, foreign languages, Ridgeley, W.Va.
  • Brian Robert Kent, physics, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Tiffani Dawn Lemen, biology, Brunswick, Md.
  • Christina Kay Lettieri, biology, Weirton, W.Va.
  • Sara Kristen Lightner, anthropology and biology, Charles Town, W.Va.
  • Danielle Nicole Magro, biology, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Neil Thomas Mason, biology, New Martinsville, W.Va.
  • Kristy L. Matala, psychology, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Maren Elizabeth McNeill, communication studies, Point Pleasant, W.Va.
  • Karen Dawn Milton, psychology, Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Michael Louis Morgan, biology, Conklin, N.Y.
  • Janish Jay Patel, biology, Lewisburg, W.Va.
  • Meera Manhar Patel, biology, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Shaily B. Patel, biology, Daniels, W.Va.
  • Carolyn Ines Phillips, biology, Woodbridge, Va.
  • Shane Thomas Prettyman, biology, Elkview, W.Va.
  • Ryan Mark Schiffbauer, psychology, Fairmont, W.Va.
  • Jonathan Michael Shaffer, biology, Mt. Pleasant, Pa.
  • Moira Pacifica Shaw, psychology and foreign languages, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • John David Souther, geology and foreign languages, Grafton, W.Va.
  • Autumn Lynn Starn, biology, Fairmont, W.Va.
  • Danielle M. Stockhausen, English, Easton, Md.
  • Charles H. Strickler, psychology, Augusta, W.Va.
  • Tiffany Ann Swiger, political science, Wallace, W.Va.
  • Brooke Thomas, political science, Beckley, W.Va.
  • Randy Preston Tompkins, physics, New Haven, W.Va.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Wagner, English, Salem, W.Va.
  • Julie L. White, computer science, Buckhannon, W.Va.
  • Bridget M. Wright, biology and foreign languages, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Gina M. Zirilli, communication studies, Richwood, W.Va.