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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Howard Inducts Fall Members of Phi Beta Kappa
20 Students Join the Nation’s Oldest Academic Honors Society

WASHINGTON (November 28, 2011) – The Howard University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa—Gamma of the District of Columbia—recently inducted 20 students into the 59th class of the academic society. A second group of inductees will be added to the class during the spring semester.

Phi Beta Kappa is the most prestigious arts and sciences honor society in the United States. For more than 230 years, Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) has recognized exemplary academic performance in the liberal arts and sciences nationwide. The Gamma of D.C. chapter was established at Howard University in 1953.

“These students are among our highest achievers and we are proud of their accomplishments,” said President Sidney A. Ribeau. “We also commend the faculty who work very hard to develop global leaders and socially conscious graduates.”

The fall 2011 inductees are:

Monica Adedeji, Biology and Psychology; Cassandra Booker, Political Science; Aldel Brown, History; Heba Elnaiem, Biology and Physics; Natasha Graves, Health Education; Sheena Hall, Political Science; John Harris, III, Psychology; Kyle Henne, Economics; Joshua Johnson, Psychology; Breanna Jordan, Psychology; Desiree Luckey, Sociology; Seshat Mack, Chemistry; Camille McCallister, Biology; Rene Morgan, Sociology; Makeda Njoroge, African Studies; Brianna Stokes, Psychology; Amelia Swygert, Anthropology; Tynika Thomas, Psychology; Matthew Thornton, Political Science; and Britney Wilson, English.

Among the inductees, Britney Wilson stands out. Wilson was born with cerebral palsy, but has overcome tremendous odds to pursue her goal of becoming a lawyer, journalist and advocate for African-Americans, women and people with disabilities. While making her decision to attend Howard three years ago, she became The Tom Joyner Foundation’s first Full Ride Scholar.

“I ultimately chose Howard because I believed that it was the best fit for me as a person and that it was where I could get the best overall experience,” said Wilson. “I knew that I didn't just want to be a student; I wanted to be a part of the HU Family.”

Along with her peers, Wilson is deeply involved in campus life. She is the columnist and opinions editor at The Hilltop Newspaper and the former president of the campus’ Sterling Brown English Society.

PBK promotes the value of study in the liberal arts and sciences as the best preparation of students for life and leadership in the years after graduation.

Among its more than half million living members are a number of U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives, academic professors and administrators, business executives, and men and women in all walks of life who continue throughout their lives to value the mind and intellectual activity.

Privileges for inductees include lifelong academic and career mentorship, access to Phi Beta Kappa events and activities, as as well as access to local and national networks.

Britney Wilson

Learn more about Phi Beta Kappa at

About Howard
Howard University is a private research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Among its programs are academic and literary awards, lectureships, a fellowship, a professorship and publication of The American Scholar, an award-winning quarterly magazine.

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