USD's Phi Beta Kappa initiates new members Alpha Chapter of South Dakota, Phi Beta Kappa, will hold its 2005 initiation ceremony on Wednesday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lincoln-Roosevelt Rooms of the Coyote Student Center. A celebratory banquet to honor the 30 new members of Phi Beta Kappa will be held at 6:15 p.m. in Hoy A/B of the CSC.
Following the banquet, at 7:30 p.m., the Phi Beta Kappa Lifto Amundson Lecture will take place in the Lincoln-Roosevelt Rooms. The lecture, "Mysteries from the Sun and the Universes," will be presented by Dr. Nicole F. Bell, currently a Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics at Caltech.
Previous to her studies at Caltech, she spent three years at Fermilab as a research associate in the Theoretical Astrophysics group. She completed a Ph.D. on Neutrino Oscillations and the Early Universe with Ray Volkas in the Theoretical Particle Physics group at the the University of Melbourne, Australia.
The Lifto Amundson Lecture was established by Marjorie Lifto Amundson and her son, Dr. Loren Amundson of Sioux Falls. Mrs. Amundson was a member of USD's Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and Dr. Amundson was also elected to membership in the chapter.
Phi Beta Kappa was founded on Dec. 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary. Since then, Phi Beta Kappa has evolved to become the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level. Phi Beta Kappa has over 50 associations � groups made up of Phi Beta Kappa members � in cities across the U.S. They support the ideals of the Society through academic, social, and community-based programs.
The Society's distinctive emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of academic achievement. Chartered in 1924, Alpha Chapter is the only chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at a public or private college or university in South Dakota.