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New Phi Beta Kappa Members Inducted

Thursday, April 03, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC—Twenty-five Wofford College students and the chairman of the college’s Computer Science Department recently were inducted into Wofford’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Hollins University president Dr. Nora Kizer Bell was the featured speaker on Thursday, April 3, at the Phi Beta Kappa Convocation, which preceded the induction ceremony.

Dr. Angela Buzzett Shiflet, chairman of the Computer Science Department and professor of mathematics and computer science, was inducted. She graduated magna cum laude from Furman University and received her MS degree in mathematics from Clemson University, a Ph.D. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an MS degree in computer science from the University of South Carolina. She has authored five college texts in computer science and has received numerous awards and recognitions.

Students inducted are:

Cynthia Dawn Brewer of Taylors
Marlana Hope Brown of Hodges
Alison Ruth Caviness of Columbia
Nicole Lee Cribb of Georgetown
Hema Mukund Doshi of Moore
Ryan Nelson Gilreath of Inman
Robert Fredrick Goings of Union
Stuart Jefferson Goree of Tryon, NC
Jamie Maslow Gregory of Spartanburg
Ryan Charles Grover of New Port Richey, FL
Jennifer Lee Guthrie of Greenville
Leslie Karen Hembree of Newnan, GA
Heidi Maxine Kadous of Tucson, AZ
Danielle Nicole McCormack of Tryon, NC
John Michael Montgomery of Orangeburg
Rebecca Jewell Paulson of Palm Harbor, FL
Elizabeth Lee Rast of Moore
Tyler Ann Schachte of Charleston
Erika Leigh Augthun Schoolbred of Spartanburg
Craig Lee Selander of Conway
Emily Kate Smothers of Charlotte
Kristin Lenora Starnes of Rock Hill
Faith Ashley Stewart of Lilburn, GA
Geoffrey Neil David Thomas of Roebuck
Richard Clark Webb of Spartanburg

Wofford College is one of only 266 four-year colleges in the United States to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Wofford received its chapter at the 1940 triennial meeting, bringing to fruition more than 10 years of work by three Phil Beta Kappa members who were serving on the faculty — President Henry Nelson Snyder, Dr. David Duncan Wallace (class of 1894) and Dr. John West Harris (class of 1916). Harris, a vigorous campaigner for Wofford being awarded a chapter, later founded the National Beta Club, still headquartered in Spartanburg.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary; it was the first of the Greek letter fraternities. The organization is devoted to the principles of “friendship, morality, and literature (or learning).” With more than 350,000 members across the country, Phi Beta Kappa today sponsors numerous programs to encourage scholarship and learning, including the Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards and the visiting scholar, academic fellowship and leadership programs.