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Wofford inducts 28 into Phi Beta Kappa


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College inducted 28 students into Phi Beta Kappa on Tuesday, April 29.  The inductees were presented to the campus community at the Phi Beta Kappa convocation at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium. 

The initiation of new Phi Beta Kappa members-in-course was held at 4 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium, as well.

The convocation also featured Jeannette Sorrell and René Schiffer of Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra.

Jeannette SorrellSorrell has won attention as a leading voice in the new generation of early music conductors. She combines an unusual background as both orchestral conductor and early music performer.  As a conductor, she studied at the Tanglewood Music Festival under Leonard Bernstein and served as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. As a harpsichordist, she studied with Gustav Leonhardt, and took First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the 1991 Spivey International Harpsichord Competition.

Schiffer studied with the renowned baroque cellist Anner Bylsma, receiving Soloist diplomas with honors in both modern and baroque cello from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. He is founding principal cellist of Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra. 

Wofford has one of the nation’s 270 Phi Beta Kappa chapters.  The prestigious liberal arts honor society is devoted to the principles of “friendship, morality, and literature (or learning).”  Founded at the College of William and Mary in December 1776, it was the first of the Greek letter fraternities.  John Quincy Adams, Edward Everette and Joseph Story, members of the Harvard chapter, are credited with making the fraternity a public literary and honor society for undergraduate men and women in the 1830s.  With almost 400,000 members across the country, Phi Beta Kappa today sponsors numerous programs to encourage scholarship and learning, including the Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards, visiting scholars, academic fellowships, and leadership programs.

The 28 students who were inducted are as follows:

Class of 2007
Victoria Lee MacDonald, Newberry, S.C.
Sharon Maria Rawls, Pomaria, S.C.

Class of 2008
Elise Walsh Boos, Slidell, La.
Lauren MacKenzie Bosshardt, Greenville, S.C.
Zachary Erwin Chillag, Columbia, S.C.
Anna Catherine Collins, Florence, S.C.
Judson Michael Craft, Union, S.C.
Amanda Blane Doody, Toccoa, Ga.
Lindsey Marie Gates, Greer, S.C.
Mallory Elise Gilbert, Greer, S.C.
Sarah Elizabeth Goolsby, Suwanee, Ga.
Marghretta Adeline Hagood, Charleston, S.C.
Corbin Elizabeth Hankins, Hillsborough, S.C.
Santiago Agustin Mariani, Spartanburg, S.C.
Mary-Catherine Elizabeth McClain, Anderson, S.C.
Sarah Marie McClure, Landrum, S.C.
MacKenzie Lyn McCraw, Hendersonville, N.C.
Phillip Graham Mullinnix, Buffalo, S.C.
Rebecca Lynn Siegert, Wichita Falls, Texas
Joshua Andrew Smith, Campobello, S.C.
Kimberly Renae Smith, Newberry, S.C.
Laura Elizabeth Smith, Charleston, S.C.
Brian Andrew Timmons, Spartanburg, S.C.
Daniel Robert West, Orangeburg, S.C.
Mary Blanton Wheeler, Danville, Ky.
Mariel Denise Willenberg, Chesnee, S.C.

Class of 2009
Hannah Lillian Dinnen, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jonathan Douglas Hufford, Hamilton, Ohio