Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Students Invited to Join Prestigious Honors Fraternity

Thu, January 28, 2010

Three students from the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and CREEES, Jessica Farris, Marci Luedtke, and Kyle Mitchell, have been invited to join the University of Texas at Austin chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, one of the oldest and most prestigious honors fraternities in the nation.   Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding liberal arts and sciences students at America’s leading universities.   Jessica, Marci, and Kyle have all elected to join the respected and historic organization.

All three expressed their interests in pursuing studies with the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and CREEES.  “There was something about the study of Russian that immediately grabbed me and has since refused to loosen its hold upon my imagination,” Jessica explained.  Kyle had similar feelings.  “There is a certain appeal to Russia's mysteriousness, its unique history, its political relevance, and yes, even to its stereotypes.” Marci said, “I selected this major because I want to work for the State Department, and know that Russian is a critically needed language in the field of diplomacy.” 

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has over half a million members and chapters at 280 American colleges and universities.  Invitation to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is a reflection of outstanding achievement.   CREEES and the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies are proud to be represented by Jessica, Marci, and Kyle amongst such a prestigious organization.

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