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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard's Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Receives Outstanding Chapter Award

WASHIGNTON (September 10, 2012) – Recently, the Gamma Chapter of the District of Columbia at Howard was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award at the 43rd Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Triennial Council. Howard's chapter was recognized for its signature achievements and continuous efforts to acknowledge and promote excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

Among its many efforts, the Chapter created a Liberal Arts Education Roundtable series; co-sponsored a 3-day symposium honoring the late John Hope Franklin (a former Phi Beta Kappa President); sponsored a Journey Back in Time guided tour of the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery for the South Atlantic District members. The Chapter annually presents the James A. Bayton award to the PBK graduating senior with the highest GPA and the Alain Locke Certificate of Recognition to sophomores who achieved a 4.0 GPA as freshmen. The Chapter also established a Faculty Service Award in honor of Physics professor, Anna Coble, Ph.D., who served as Chapter Secretary for several decades.

Established in 1953, the Gamma Chapter of the District of Columbia is one of the 280 chapters in PBK. The chapter maintains an average 94% acceptance rate.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded on December 2, 1776 and is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts in the country. PBK is dedicated to acknowledging the best students in liberal art and science fields.

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.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. 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, 30 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

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