Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. The Society has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776.

Phi Beta Kappa sets high standards not only for the selection of students elected to membership but also for the institutions which may claim a chapter. Chapters are granted to the Phi Beta Kappa members of the faculty and administration of the sheltering institution. Following a lengthy process of documentation by the Phi Beta Kappa members of the faculty and administrative staff, the University of Dallas was chartered as the Eta Chapter of Texas in 1989.

Each year, the resident members of the chapter elect new members from among those senior and junior undergraduate students majoring in liberal arts and sciences who have demonstrated broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character. Occasionally, graduate and faculty members are elected as well. These newly-elected members are inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society at a ceremony held shortly before the spring graduation.

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News

Alumni Reimagine Education for Boys

Peter Searby, BA '01, feels that modern schools -- with a scarcity of opportunities for children to work with their hands and use their imaginations to explore their worlds -- are doing boys in particular a disservice. From this recognized deficiency, Searby conceived the idea for Riverside Center for Imaginative Learning. Also finding the education of boys to be a primary concern, Daniel Kerr, BA '03, opened St. Martin's Academy, a Catholic boys' boarding high school in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 2018.

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Crowley Trio: An Evening of Beauty

In an intimate gathering at the Museum of Biblical Art in February, UD celebrated the inaugural Crowley Chamber Trio Concert, "Music in the Museum," the first of three concerts that took place this spring. The opening performance rekindled the university's popular Crowley concerts, which first took breath more than two decades ago.

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Professor Applies Lessons Learned from Autistic Sons to All Life

Former Affiliate Assistant Professor of Spanish Nicole (Hammerschmidt) Lasswell, BA '03, and her husband, Martin, have two sons, Will and Stevie, both of whom have autism. For World Autism Awareness Day, the family was interviewed on Telemundo; because the boys are thriving, it seemed particularly important to the Lasswells to share their story and their hope with others.

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