Phi Beta Kappa

Chapter Xi of New York

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, its purpose is to recognize and encourage excellence in the liberal arts. The Wells College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Xi of New York, was founded in 1932. It recognizes seniors whose academic achievements have been distinguished and whose cultural interests are broad. Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa must demonstrate, in addition to academic excellence, breadth of study outside the major field and a knowledge of mathematics or science and of a foreign language. Candidates must have completed at least three semesters of work at Wells and be fully registered for the fourth. Also taken into account are the character, achievements, originality, and breadth of interest of each candidate. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is the highest and most widely recognized of academic honors.

"On the Tradition of Cheese Curds"
Phi Beta Kappa National Office
Archived Wells PBK Website

Chapter Initiatives

Phi Beta Kappa Annual Lecture

Every year the national organization's Visiting Scholar Program makes available a number of distinguished scholars to spend time on campuses and give public lectures. Individual chapters must apply and be approved to receive this honor.
Past Lectures

Phi Beta Kappa First Year Book Award

Presented since 2009 to that member of the previous year's first-year class who demonstrated high academic achievement and showed great promise in fulfilling other of the Phi Beta Kappa ideals.
First Year Book Award Recipients

Faculty and Staff Chapter Members

M. Bruce Bennett, Professor Emeritus of English
Laura Burns '04, Director of Financial Aid
Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English
Waltraut Deinert, Professor Emerita of German
Leah Elliott, Assistant Professor of Biology
Beatrice Brodsky Farnsworth, Professor Emerita of History
Margaret G. Flowers, Professor Emerita of Biology
Deborah A. Gagnon, Professor of Psychology
Susan Gloss, Electronic Resources Librarian
Jeanne Goddard, Professor Emerita of Dance
Phillip Guingona, Assistant Professor of History
Carol Henderson, Library Director
Kenneth E. Larson, Professor Emeritus of German
Sarah Markowitz, Associate Professor of Psychology
Leslie Miller-Bernal, Professor Emerita of Sociology
Milene Z. Morfei, Professor of Psychology and Sustainability
Tiffany Raymond '10, Reference and Instruction Librarian
Dan Rosenberg, Assistant Professor of English
Susan G. Sandman, Professor Emerita of Music
Linda Schwab, Professor Emerita of Chemistry
Carol Shilepsky, Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science
Sally Sievers, Retired Lecturer in Mathematics

Officers of Xi of New York

Sarah Markowitz, President
Deb Gagnon, Vice President
Dan Rosenberg, Treasurer
Tiffany Raymond '10, Secretary