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Each year, Pacific's Phi Beta Kappa Chapter is proud to sponsor a variety of events on campus.

2018-19 Phi Beta Kappa Events  

2019 Initiation Ceremony
May 10, 2019, Raymond Great Hall
The Chi Chapter of California initiated 12 new members:

  • Moraima Arias
  • Yesenia Lopez Corona
  • Christopher Holt Doyle
  • Erica Feasel, Sarah Jenkins (2018)
  • Cassidy Johnson
  • Samantha Johnston
  • Carolyn Tse Lee
  • Edmi Lopez
  • Danielle MacArt
  • Christopher Mitchell (2018)
  • Jordan Shih
  • Grace Song
  • Christopher Yankowski. 

The initiation ceremony featured speaker and honorary alumni member Matt de la Peña. De la Peña graduated from Pacific in 1996 with a degree in English.  He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Diego State University.  He is a New York Times best-selling author and a Newbery Medal-winning author, the first Latino to win the award.  His books include "Ball Don't Lie," "Mexican White Boy," "Last Stop on Market Street" and "Love." His book, "Miguel and the Grand Harmony," was released by Disney in both English and Spanish.  

2018-19 Sponsored Events 

Little Fawn Boland and Shawnte Dutschke, "Indian Country under the Trump Administration,"
Oct. 24, 2018
2018 Native American Heritage Month Lecture

Tatiana Forero Puerta, author of "Yoga for the Wounded Heart: A Journey, Philosophy, and Practice of Healing Emotional Pain"
October 2018

Les Hunter, "Theatrical Projections of Cinema after the Invention of Hollywood" 
Jan. 31, 2019 
Humanities Center Colloquium

Evan Wright, "Generation Kill: From Iraq to Memoir to Miniseries" 
Feb. 6, 2019 
Student Veterans Organization Speaker

Wayne and Shirley Weigand, and Geraldine Edward Hollis, "Desegregation of the Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South" 
Feb. 20, 2019
Library event

Poetry Reading by Jamaal May
Feb. 28, 2019
Black History Month

State of the Arts poetry reading, featuring Camille Norton, "A Folio for the Dark"
Feb. 28

Poetry Reading by Jamaal May
April 4, 2019
API Heritage Month, co-sponsored with Department of Religious Studies

"First Person Shooter," a play directed by Aaron Loeb
April 2019
Co-sponsored with Department of Media X

Language Immersion Scholarship:

The Chi Chapter of California honored student success and furthered language study and the liberal arts by awarding to Savannah Mae Robinson (Chemistry, Spanish) a Phi Beta Kappa Language Immersion Scholarship to study in Guatemala study in the summer of 2018. These scholarships promote the academic success of immersion program applicants who are likely to qualify for PBK.