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The College of New Jersey Celebrates New Phi Beta Kappa Chapter


For Immediate Release

Contact:  Kelly Gerald

April 6, 2007

Phone: (202) 745-3239

 

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"The distinction of Phi Beta Kappa is a welcome acknowledgement of the tremendous educational
 experience we offer, and the presence of a chapter on campus will even further enrich that
experience.” — R. Barbara Gitenstein  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, April 9, Phi Beta Kappa members among the faculty at The College of New Jersey, in Ewing, N.J., will receive a charter to establish a new chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, was established in 1776 at the College ofWilliamand Mary. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.  

The Society awards new chapters once every three years. The College of New Jersey is one of only six new chapters nationwide to be created in this triennium.  

College President R. Barbara Gitenstein said, “This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for the students and faculty of The College of New Jersey. The distinction of Phi Beta Kappa is a welcome acknowledgement of the tremendous educational experience we offer, and the presence of a chapter on campus will even further enrich that experience.”  

“Founded as a normal school in 1855, The College of New Jersey has transformed itself over many decades into a premier comprehensive institution with a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum,” observed Assistant Provost Nancy Freudenthal, who was instrumental in securing the chapter.   

“The College of New Jersey’s having been chosen to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa reflects both the College’s past and present achievements, as well as its steadfast commitment to fostering the ideals and goals of academic excellence and liberal learning,” Freudenthal said.  

John Churchill, Secretary and CEO of the Society, will be the presiding officer at the installation, joined by 44 student inductees, President Gitenstein, 28 faculty members and Phi Beta Kappa members, including the event’s speaker, Professor Morton Winston of the philosophy & religion department.  

The chapter installation and Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. on April 9 in the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall in the MusicBuilding. The campus is located at 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, N.J.  

These events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Nancy Freudenthal at (609) 771-2720 or freudent@tcnj.edu.  

The College of New Jersey, a primarily undergraduate institution, provides academically prepared students with a challenging education and a rewarding residential experience, small classes and a prestigious faculty. The school has been recognized nationally for its excellence including in U.S. News and World Report, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges. The College of New Jersey is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing, NJ.  

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society Phi Beta Kappa has awarded chapters at 276 institutions and has 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 journal.

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