For Immediate Release — April 30, 2004


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516



GENESEO, N.Y. — The State University of New York at Geneseo has inducted its first group of students into its new chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s best known and most significant honor society.

Overall, 63 students were elected to become members of Phi Beta Kappa, said Doug Baldwin, associate professor and chair of the computer science department and president of the Geneseo chapter.

Phi Beta Kappa granted the chapter to SUNY Geneseo faculty members last year. Each year, these faculty members elect the students into the Alpha Delta of New York chapter. Geneseo is the first non-doctoral undergraduate institution within SUNY to house a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and one of only 270 colleges and universities in the nation to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Baldwin said.

"It’s a good external recommendation of the college’s excellence," Baldwin said.

For more than 200 years, the Phi Beta Kappa Society has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Having a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Geneseo is expected to assist the college in continuing to attract top applicants and in hosting a variety of programs that honor and champion liberal arts scholarship. Phi Beta Kappa provides support to its members in the form of scholarships, lectureships, book and essay awards, summer institutes for teachers, and funds for visiting scholars.

More than 25 faculty and staff spent several years working to establish a campus chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Geneseo. In 2002, a year after the college was informed it had been accepted for final consideration, a team of Phi Beta Kappa officials visited Geneseo. The team reviewed faculty, campus facilities and academic programs. Last August, at the triennial Phi Beta Kappa Assembly, the Geneseo chapter was formally approved. In January, the college installed the chapter with a ceremony.

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