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At the Top of Their Class – Students Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa 2015

The Omega of New York Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Hofstra University welcomed 53 new members at an induction ceremony on April 23, 2015.

Phi Beta Kappa is considered an emblem of high achievement and strong potential. The society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies – the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences – in higher education and in society at large.

According to the Phi Beta Kappa web site (, five students at the College of William and Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution. For more than two and a quarter centuries, the Society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Laptops have replaced quill pens, but these ideas, symbolized on Phi Beta Kappa’s distinctive gold key, still lay the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor.

Professor Daniel Seabold, president of  Hofstra's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, addresses the inductees.
Professor Daniel Seabold, president of Hofstra’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, addresses the inductees.

Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

This year’s Hofstra inductees:

Fizza Ali
Melissa Bergersen
Jacquelyn Blaine
Mara Bollettieri
Kimberly Bosse
Dylan Cahir
Rachel Calter
Christian Carboy
Christopher Carchia
Jennifer Carnovale
Madeleine Carroll
Deeba Carvan
Alison Coolidge
Cristina Cortez
Athraja De Silva
Stephanie Duke
Zachary Englis
Rebekka Fahrenbruch
Joseph Flanagan
Marc Furtado
Victoria Jean-Brice
Allison Kamin
Brett Linley
Kevin Lopez
Kimberly Ludwin
James Maio
Satya Makadia
Rebecca Mancini
Mallory Marin
Bisma Masroor
Riley Metcalfe
Sandra Morrongiello
Sumona Munshi
Victoria Neely
Sohum Patwa
Sanne Posno
Diego Prado
Davina Sanders
Victorai Shadle
Pratik Shah
Daniel Slamowitz
David Smith
Samantha Sohnen
Celia Sonnier
Michele St-Amant
Victoria Steele
Robert Vanderbeek
Anna Watts
Jennifer Wengrofsky
Kimberly Wilkens
Emily Windram
Charlotte Wood

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