The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin

Welcome to PBKAAGA!

The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin (PBKAAGA) was formed by members of PBK, those elected at the Alpha of Texas and throughout the country, to promote the academic values of the society in Austin and the surrounding region. In addition to organizing social and intellectual events, including a lecture and reception twice a year, PBKAAGA has created endowments to fund scholarships for local high school students who will soon enter college and for adult students who are returning to college to complete their B.A. or B.S. degrees.  PBKAAGA welcomes any PBK member living in the Greater Austin area to join.

What's Happening in PBKAAGA?

Dr. Spencer Wells Explains...                                                                    
How Humans In All Our Diversity Remain Connected                                  
Please Join Us for Our Spring Meeting!

The PBKAAGA General Membership Meeting will take place at 3PM on Sunday May 3 in the Julius Glickman Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Our speaker will be Dr. Spencer Wells who will speak on the topic “The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey."  Dr. Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Scholar-in-Residence at Georgetown University, and the owner of Antone's Night Club, an iconic nightclub in Austin, Texas.  For a preview of this extraordinary speaker, please do take a look at his TED Talk or follow him on Twitter at @spwellls.

At this meeting, we will also award our PBKAAGA scholarships and enjoy light refreshments.  Click here for more details about attending the meeting and lecture.  Click here for the invitation to the event.  Hoping to see many of you there!

We hope you enjoy our featured stories below. For the complete texts of these stories, and to read older "News," please click here.

Congratulations to our former PBKAAGA scholarship recipient, Joshua Riehl. His documentary about water in Haiti won the "Most Viewed Award" from PBS with over 25,000 views. Well done, Josh!

"Digging for Water” follows a Haitian community’s difficulty in obtaining a clean water source. Its director, investigative journalist Joshua Riehl, filmed the documentary during three trips to Haiti that took place over 18 months. 

As the academic year begins, the PBKAAGA wants to take a moment to recognize our members, and especially our donors, for what they make possible:  support of some of the finest students in the area.  Every membership make a difference.  Thank you, donors! 
Drs. Larry Faulkner and Tom Cedel shared their views on the future of higher education at the PBKAAGA spring meeting on 4 May 2014.  It is rare to have two university presidents on the same stage…  Read more...

Meet the recipients of the 2014 PBKAAGA Scholarships!  Read more about them


Upcoming events

Please check back soon for information about 2015 Scholarship Competition and our Spring 2015 General Membership Meeting.

Officers and Board Members

Robert Bridges, President

Candace E. Hunter, 1st Vice-President
Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, 2nd Vice-President

Suzon Kemp, Treasurer
Joyce Pulich, Secretary

Thomas G. Mason, Past President
Board Members:
Gemma Marangoni Ainslie
Thomas E. Cedel
Noble Doss 
Don Flournoy 
Constance P. Hicks 
Martha McKay Jones 
Ann Schwartz 
Beverly Shivers 
Board member vacancy to be filled

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