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Provost Among Group Receiving Phi Beta Kappa Membership

Published: June 1, 2009

The Rho of California chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at CSULB recently awarded a pair of scholarships while initiating 22 new members—seven juniors and 15 seniors—and granting honorary membership to CSULB Provost Karen L. Gould during the induction of its 33rd class of members at CSULB.

Marie Rippen of Long Beach was awarded the Roberta H. Markman Phi Beta Kappa Award of $5,000. She is graduating with a bachelor’s in cellular and molecular biology.

Devin Doud, also of Long Beach, was named the Alpha Association of Southern California Scholarship winner and awarded $3,000. Doud, a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.

Graduating seniors from Los Angeles County include Justin Arndt, Long Beach (biology-physiology); Meredith Dennis, Lakewood (psychology); Michelle Harris, Long Beach (psychology); Lauren Herrera, Long Beach (English creative writing); Ejiro Okoro, Long Beach (Africana Studies, sociology); Jennifer Pearson, Lakewood (business economics, marketing); Margaret Woods, Long Beach (international studies); Jorge Medina, Downey (physics), and Rippen.

Graduating seniors from Orange County include Ava Mallik, Mission Viejo (English literature, human development); Robert Richards, Westminster (English rhetoric and composition); and Christopher Rohrs, Santa Ana (liberal studies).

Additional seniors include Nikki Allmaras, from Dixon (sociology); Parker Chaffee, Winchester (business economics, management information systems) and David Murakami, La Verne (physics, aerospace engineering).

Juniors and non-graduating seniors inducted from Los Angeles County include Maria Gerene Erika Garcia, Bellflower (biology-zoology); Courtney Johnson, Long Beach (liberal studies, Spanish linguistics); Johana Rodriguez, Long Beach (biology-physiology, management); Justin Schafer, Long Beach (international studies); Lauren Sims, Signal Hill (biology-physiology) and Anthony Vasquez, Carson (Chinese studies, journalism) and from Orange County, Allison Rodriguez, Fullerton (communication studies).

Phi Beta Kappa Membership
Photo by Victoria Sanchez
Provost Karen L. Gould (r) assists Anthony Vasquez in signing the Phi Beta Kappa book during recent ceremony.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society for students of the liberal arts and sciences and was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. The CSULB chapter was chartered in 1977.

The minimum requirements for membership in Phi Beta Kappa include at least 90 units of liberal arts and science courses with a grade point average of 3.7 or higher and knowledge of a foreign language and mathematics at the college level.