13 Seniors Initiated Into Phi Beta Kappa

The Delta of California Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 13 Occidental College seniors Wed., Nov. 18 in a ceremony in Morrison Lounge on the Occidental campus.


 Louise Yuhas, an art history and the visual arts professor and president of the local Phi Beta Kappa chapter, presided over the initiation. The following students were initiated:




Jacob Goldstein
Kevork Hindoyan
Madison Murphy
David Panek
Sharon Park
Mark Paulsen
Tate Smith (in absentia)
Victor Sowers
Veronica Toledo
Laila Tootoonchi
Luca Valle
Caroline Wade
Lisa Warren

The students were chosen for membership in the honor society, which was established in 1776, based on academic excellence through their junior years. The professors who introduced each student lauded them for their "astuteness," "determination," "self-discipline," "diverse accomplishments," "intelligent curiosity," "clarity of purpose," "creative scholarship," and "weapons-grade intellect." Three initiates are going on to medical school, and several have applied for Fulbright scholarships to work and study abroad.

For more information, go to phibetakappa.org.