Local students among those inducted into BGSU's Phi Beta Kappa chapter PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:31
Thirty-five Bowling Green State University students - both continuing students and recent graduates - were inducted this year into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected scholastic honor society in the nation.
Phi Beta Kappa inducts junior and senior humanities and liberal arts students who have distinguished themselves as scholars. To be eligible for membership, students need academic records matching 16 criteria for excellent classroom performance. Only about 10 percent of American colleges and universities have chapters of Phi Beta Kappa-BGSU's was chartered in 1983-and among the arts and sciences graduates of those institutions, only about 10 percent are chosen for membership.
Local residents who were inducted include:
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•    Kasie Durkit, a junior majoring in history, political science and women's studies, is a 2011 graduate of Woodridge High School in Peninsula. She has served as an Undergraduate Student Government senator at large, a history teaching assistant, campus tour guide and group exercise instructor and holds membership in various organizations such as the BGSU Mock Trial Team, Honors Scholars, Academic Affairs Committee and Mortar Board. Among other honors, Durkit has been awarded the Vanderbilt Law Outstanding Mock Trial Witness Award and Student Life Award. She is the daughter of Steve and Merlene Durkit, of Bowling Green.
•    A junior majoring in art history, Jessica Pfundstein is a 2010 graduate of Bowling Green High School. She has served as both president and treasurer of BGSU's Art History Association, a volunteer for Literacy in the Park and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Pfundstein has held three community-based internships and has presented her original art historical research papers at BGSU. Among other honors, she has received the James W. Strong Art History Tuition Scholarship, the BGSU Heritage Scholarship and the Charles and Carol Harper Book Award in Art History. She is the daughter of James Pfundstein.
•    Alyssa Potter, a psychology major with a minor in sociology, is a 2009 graduate of Bowling Green High School. She is the daughter of Alan and Pamela Potter. The senior has been honored on the dean's list at BGSU and holds membership in the Psi Chi International Honor Society and the Undergraduate Psychology Association. She has volunteered in South Africa and worked for the BGSU Postal Service in addition to interning at the BGSU Counseling Center.
•    History major Joseph Lueck, a 2010 graduate of Perrysburg High School, has served as a manager at the BGSU Student Recreation Center and as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the BGSU history department. Lueck is a member of both the Falcon Marching Band and Athletic Band and holds membership in the honor societies Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma.

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