Election and Initiation
Elections take place in the spring each year. Committees made up of KU faculty and staff members of Phi Beta Kappa review transcripts from eligible students to make their selection, and students are notified in March of their election.
The Kansas Alpha Chapter hosts its initiation ceremony on Commencement day at KU. We meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Big XII room across from Woodruff auditorium in regalia (or business casual clothes for juniors) and proceed to Woodruff for an 8:30 a.m. ceremony featuring a student speaker and a newly elected honorary member. We finish with plenty of time for everyone to continue on to the main campus Commencement ceremony.
Initiation for 2018 will took place before commencement on May 13.
We meet throughout the year with the prior year's elected students still in residence for informal activities and elect student officers.
Since 2017, we have presented a book award to first-year students.
The Kansas Alpha chapter occasionally hosts Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars. Most recently, in February 2018, we hosted Visiting Scholar Mary Miller. In 2019, we will host Visiting Scholar Paula Stephan.
Current chapter graduate officers:
- President: Associate Professor Meagan Patterson (Educational Psychology)
- Vice-President: Assistant Professor David Slusky (Economics)
- Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Anne Wallen (Office of Fellowships)
2017-2018 Student Officers:
- Mario Balcazar, Co-President
- Toni Rufledt, Co-President
- Susana Geiger, Vice President
New student officers will be elected in Fall 2018.