Past Features

May 19, 2008 (Vol. 7, No. 9)

Largest-Ever Lehman Class Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Lehman students stand as they are inaugurated into  Phi Beta Kappa.
Lehman students stand as they are inaugurated into Phi Beta Kappa.

Twenty-eight Lehman students—the largest number in the forty-year history of the College—have been elected to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest undergraduate honor society.

Lehman is one of approximately ten percent of the nation's colleges and universities that have been approved for chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. The national organization sets high standards not only for the selection of students elected to membership but also for the institutions allowed to sponsor a chapter. As a result, only about one in every hundred seniors in the liberal arts and sciences around the country is invited to join this society.

In congratulating the students at the induction ceremony on May 7, Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández said: "Not only is this honor extraordinarily selective, but each of you has demonstrated an unusually robust intellectual strength. Your skills and talents transcend your major field and reach across a wide range of disciplines.

"You have also shown important personal qualities of perseverance and determination, and the ability to meet whatever challenge may present itself on the way toward reaching high goals," Dr. Fernández added. "These are important qualities for success in school and for success in life."

Addressing the students and their families at the ceremony was Dr. Ann Kirschner, Dean of CUNY's Macaulay Honors College. Welcoming the students was Lehman's Distinguished Professor of History Dr. Joseph W. Dauben, a leading scholar of the history of mathematics.

The students elected are: Crisle S. Acevado, Claudia P. Alzate, Alejandro A. Brizuela-Strauss, Nusrat Chowdhury, Jeffrey P. Collins, Hilda Crispin, Leonidas De Los Santos, Marvin Dhanraj, Andrea K. Diaz, Angeliana Diaz, Carry Em, Samantha Gomez, Michael A. Hidalgo, Adnan A. Hirad, Ksenia I. Kulagina, David Lowenstein, Richard Mariani, Vera Matoshi, John P. O'Connor, Oluwatosin A. Ogunjemilusi, Brian Pete, Kendra Pierre, Sharon Puello, Carolyn Sully, Gregory Velez, Claudyne Vielot, Praeophayom Wauhop, and Ayesha T. Yahia.