Newly elected Phi Beta Kappa members announced at Fairfield University


Fairfield University has announced the election of 9 juniors and 44 seniors to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. To be considered for this honor, students must rank in the top 10 percent of the class, major in liberal arts or sciences, and distinguish themselves as scholars in their chosen fields.

Curt Naser, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and president of Phi Beta Kappa Connecticut Chapter, Zeta, said the 53 newly elected students were drawn from more than 500 nominations of 170 eligible students submitted by 110 faculty. The number of inductees is limited to 10 percent of the graduating class of Arts & Sciences majors, in keeping with the chapter's by-laws.

Also inducted at a ceremony, to be held on April 15, will be Ellen M. Umansky, Ph.D., the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield. She is the author of "From Christian Science to Jewish Science: Spiritual Healing and American Jews," Oxford University Press, and "Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality," Beacon Press. She has published articles on "Jewish Religious Life in America," "Women and Rabbinical Ordination: A Viable Option?" and "Zionism and Reform Judaism: A Theological Reassessment."

A list of the new members follows:

Juniors

Meredith E. Bickford, English, Foxboro, MA
Catherine Q. Forsa, English, Plantsville, CT
Kristen S. Girard, Psychology, Cumberland, RI
Ahna S. Johnson, Information Systems & Physics, Hamden, CT
Edwin S. Mazur, History, Schiller Park, IL
Mary A. McCall, English, Jersey City, NY
Jessica L. Randall, Modern Language, Spanish, Washington Depot, CT
Colin R. Sheckart, English/Creative Writing, Yarmouth, ME
Jonathan M. Tirrell, Psychology & Vis/per Classical Music, Mansfield, MA

 

Seniors

Kathryn J. Barry, Politics & English, Seaford, NY
Jessica L. Brown, English & Philosophy, Mayfield Hts, OH
Nikki A. Calabrese, Biology-Molecular Biology, East Rockaway, NY
Angelique S. Caligiuri, Psychology, Katonah, NY
Tara A. Collins, Biology, Staten Island, NY
Jimmarck Perel C. Cuenta, Biology & Psychology, Lumberton, NJ
Matthew P. Curry-Edwards, Politics, Spring Lake Heights, NJ
Laura S. DeFrancesco, International Studies, Stratford, CT
Kathleen A. Dillon, Communication-Media Studies, Schenectady, NY
Kristen R. Freaso, Politics, Setauket, NY
Courtney J. Gavitt, Int'l Studies & Modern Language, Spanish, Windsor, CT
Anne C. Granfield, Biology, Wilbraham, MA
Rachael V. Harriman, Psychology & Sociology and Anthropology, Amherst, NH
Michelle D. Holmberg, Psychology, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tara C. Jackson, Biology, Lavallette, NJ
Christopher Koenigsmann, Chemistry, Mahopac, NY
Jennifer R. Lechak, Psychology, Wrentham, MA
Amenda M. Legros, Communication-Organizational, Miami, FL
Emily S. Martucci, Sociology and Anthropology, Hamden, CT
Katherine A. McColgan, Economics & Politics, Hamden, CT
Lynne C. McDonald, Int'l Studies & Modern Language, French, Toms River, NJ
Maeghan J. McLoughlin, English, Goshen, NY
Michael J. Meehan, Modern Language, German, Holland, PA
Colin M. Milne, History, Monroe, CT
Stacey M. Molski, Vis/Perf Art History, Middletown, NJ
Samantha E. Mullaney, Sociology and Anthropology & History, Mansfield Ctr., CT
Lindsay K. Nevin-Giannini, English, Fairfield, CT
Cecelia M. Oliverio, English/Creative Writing & Modern Language, Italian, East Greenwich, RI
Peter T. Olszewski, Mathematics, Riverside, CT
Christopher J. Pace, Chemistry, Lynn, MA
Annemarie Perro, Mathematics, Woodbury, NY
Andrew J. Piper, Chemistry, Dalton, MA
Joy C. Polignano, Psychology, Mercerville, NJ
Caitlin E. Proper, Economics, Rockville Centre NY
John S. Sawicki, Physics, Milford, CT
Katherine E. Schneider, Vis/Perf Classical Music & English, Shenorock, NY
Meghan E. Shea, Psychology & Modern Language, Spanish, LaGrangeville, NY
Brian E. Sobulefsky, Accounting & Mathematics, Oxford, CT
Christopher L. Steele, Chemistry, Burlington, CT
Balazs L. Szikla, Finance & Economics, Budapest
Amanda G. Vargo, Communication-Organizational, Orange, CT
Chase D. Walsh, International Studies, Southport, CT
Laura C. Young, Mathematics, Mattituck, NY
Alicia A. Zapf, Int'l Studies & Modern Language, German, Freehold, NJ

 

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Posted on March 13, 2008

Vol. 40, No. 203