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The PSAPBK Newsletter comes out twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall.

2001 Fall Issue Article Links

From Your President
Board of Directors PSA PBK
Pathfinder Award –Nominations Sought
Fall Luncheon – October 19
News from Alpha Chapter –University of Washington
News from Delta Chapter – University of Puget Sound
Member Activities Selections
Membership Database Updates

On behalf of the Board of the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa, Greetings!

I became President a few months ago and want to express how very dedicated your board is towards carrying out the organization's mission to encourage excellence in education. Some examples. Scholarships in the amount of $1500 each given to six high achieving and deserving university students help reduce the pressure of higher education's financial obligations. Presentations to high school students reinforce continuing to higher education accomplishments. Awards to individuals and groups who inspire and encourage education give them praiseworthy recognition.

At this time, we are looking for members willing to do some small tasks for the Association. Can you give a little of your time for PBK? Please email or call me or write on the attached newsletter flap and mail it to our P.O. box.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Nancy G. Blase
[email protected]
(206) 685-2132
Fax (206) 685-1665
Board of Directors


Officers: President Nancy Blase, Seattle; Vice President Gerald Oppenheimer, Seattle; Secretary Myra Lupton, Mercer Island; Treasurer Nanci Richards, Bellevue; Assistant Treasurer Ernest Stiefel, Seattle. Other members: Redmond Barnett, Tacoma; Greg Bianchi, Seattle; Bobbe Bridge, Olympia; Rita Brogan, Seattle; Barbara Clinton, Seattle; Vivian Chun, Seattle; Bett Houston, Bremerton; Karrin Klotz, Kirkland; William Ludwig, Bremerton; Kate Ostrom, Seattle; Johanna Quam, Seattle; Jan Shapiro, Seattle. Representing the University of Puget Sound, David Tinsley; representing the University of Washington, Louise Richards.

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The spirit of Phi Beta Kappa will come alive to a person or institution due to your nominations for our prestigious Pathfinder Award. Awardees will be honored at PSA PBK’s Spring 2002 luncheon.

The award, given for accomplishments associated with education, reflects the imagery on the distinguished Phi Beta Kappa key, a hand pointing to the stars.

We honor INDIVIDUALS who:

•Mentor, inspire, and enable the scholarly quest of previously unthinkable ideas
•Reach beyond their ordinary requirement of their lives and jobs
•Do something to broaden peoples’ interest in active intellectual accomplishment
•Take an uncommon interest in introducing extraordinary thinking or expression

Know someone or an institution deserving Pathfinder recognition? Please mark that on the return flap of this newsletter and mail it in or email [email protected]

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Who: Members of PSA PBK invited; student scholarship awardees to be recognized
What: Fall Luncheon
Where: University of Puget Sound, in the Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center
When: Friday, October 19, 2001, at 12:00 noon
Why: Excellent speech by U.P.S. faculty member, good food, and good company,

About the food choices:
Breast of Chicken, served with a sweet & tangy mandarin sauce, garnished with orange slices & almondsSalmon filet baked with white wine seasoning, and served with hollandaise sauceVegetarian entrée: Mushroom strudel

Speaker: Christoph Harner, Financial Analyst, The Frank Russell Company, will speak on, "The New Russia." Mr. Harner, a 1995 honors graduate of the University of Puget Sound, completed the All-round Banking Diploma at the Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich. This rigorous two-year program attracts applicants from some of the most prodigious universities in the world. Mr. Harner’s achievements as a credit analyst at the UBS led to his taking a position with Renaissance Capital in Moscow, where he worked for a year before coming to Frank Russell. Fluent in German and Russian, and a passionate advocate of the liberal arts, Mr. Harner will reflect upon his experiences in international business in light of recentevents.

How to get to this location: (taken from U.P.S. web site — http://www.ups.edu which also has maps and directions other than from the North.)
Driving on I-5 from the north:
Take exit 133 "Interstate 705 north, City Center Exit.
Exit at Schuster Parkway.
Continue for approximately one mile, and stay to the left.
Exit to the left (Schuster Parkway), and follow Schuster down along the water.
Stay to the right and proceed approximately 1.5 miles.
Exit right into North 30th.
Continue through the traffic signal in Old Town and up the hill.
At the top of the hill, turn left at North Alder.
Continue approximately one mile to North 15th.
Turn right and proceed into campus.
Go beyond the first stop sign and enter the parking circle reserved for guests.
You may park in the lot just south of Wheelock Student Center (off N.14th) or in the parking circle in front of Jones Hall.

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Message From President, Louise Richards
Alpha Chapter at the University of Washington, welcomes new Board members: Norm Arkans (University Relations), Laura Little (Psychology) and Dan Streissguth (Architecture, retired). They join eight continuing members from a variety of departments: Asian Languages, Botany, Computing & Communications, Libraries, and Psychiatry. The Board has been developing a Strategic Plan for the next two to three years. The plan states the chapter's mission, vision and core values, plus lists actions to support several strategic goals. The entire Board contributed to the substance, and a small work group is composing and revising the text. It should be formally approved in early fall.

New Members Elected, Initiated
Gerry Oppenheimer reports that about 70 newly elected members, their families, and friends, attended the Chapter's initiation ceremony on Friday, June 8. Professor David Hodge, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, delivered a well-received address entitled "Layers". For academic year 2000/2001, a total of 251 students have joined; this is an acceptance rate of 64%.

Colloquium — November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
The next colloquium is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Simpson Center for the Humanities in the Communications Building. It is titled "A Case of Premature Burial: Dead Languages, Ancient Cultures and the New Millennium." Speakers will be Michael Halleran (Professor of Classics and Divisional Dean for the Humanities), Richard Salomon (Professor of Sanskrit and Director of the Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project), and Anne Curzan (Assistant Professor of English). Michael C. Shapiro (Professor of Asian Languages and Literature) will be the moderator. This colloquium, also be sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the UW Honors Program. An informal reception will follow the colloquium. PSA PBK members are invited and encouraged to attend.

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New President
The University of Puget Sound Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has selected David Tinsley, Professor of Foreign Languages & Literature, as its new president.

Students Elected and Initiated
Delta Chapter elected and initiated students in the Spring.

Profile: Helen Radke, Extraordinary Member

Helen Radke, a member of PBK since 1933, earned a BA and MA from the UW. This nonagenarian has devoted nearly 70 years to advance local, state and national education. Her main reasons for getting involved initially were the realization that there was no college on the Olympic Peninsula and vocational education, as we know it, was not available.

During this long span of years she was appointed a member of President Kennedy’s panel of consultants on vocational education, which was instrumental in the passage of the Vocational Education Act of 1963. She held office on the National School Board Association, the Washington State School Directors Association, and the Washington State Board for Vocational Association. What she regards as the pinnacle of her achievements is her unprecedented sixteen-year membership on the State Board for Community College Education, an appointment concurred in by four Washington State governors — Dan Evans, Dixie Lee Ray, John Spellman and Booth Gardner. She has received many honors; one, from the Soroptimists named her, most appropriately, a woman "Making a Difference".

Not content to just enjoy the company of her husband of sixty two years and that of her sons and daughter, Helen is engaged in a project — a book she hopes will be completed soon about the Webster Legacy, honoring her good friends, Charles and Esther Webster, for fifty years the owners and publishers of the Port Angeles Evening News from which the Peninsula Daily News descended.

She would advise today’s young people that their best and most important involvement is in community life "It doesn’t matter what," she says, "as long as you’re doing something that benefits people and the community." (Interview and article by Kate Ostrom.)

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In addition to supporting educational excellence for others, what would nourish your intellectual thirst? Participation with other Phi Betes assures scintillating dialogue and camaraderie. Please indicate interest in one or more of the following, by marking the newsletter flap choices and mailing it to us. You will be contacted about a date and time optimal for those who want to participate.
  1. Discussion on one or more topics with Phi Betes who live or work in your area (e.g., meet at a nearby coffee house)
  2. Tour at the University of Washington (UW)
  3. Tour at the University of Puget Sound (UPS)
  4. Lecture by a faculty member at either campus
  5. Mentoring at a new school
  6. Tour of a botanic garden, e.g., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai
  7. Tour of Underground Seattle; optional lunch & talk on history of Seattle
  8. Other ideas?

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Is your address different from the address label on this newsletter? Have you changed phone number or email address? If so, please call, write or email us in order to keep the membership data accurate and up to date. Thanks.
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