The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin

Welcome to PBKAAGA!

The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin (PΒΚAAGA) was organized in 1998 to bring Phi Beta Kappans together and to promote the academic values of the society in keeping with our Mission Statement.  We program social and intellectual events and fund a number of scholarships for students about to enter college and those in baccalaureate degree programs.

We welcome all ΦΒΚ members in the Greater Austin area to membership.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so dues and contributions are tax-deductible.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin is to promote the liberal arts and sciences as essential elements of a productive and fulfilling life, to support excellence in education, and to raise the profile of Phi Beta Kappa in the community. 

We promote these goals by offering scholarships, mentoring, and other opportunities to area students and by providing programs and events which foster fellowship and life-long learning for our members. 

What's Happening in PBKAAGA?

Save the dates - see the Events tab for more information

 Fall 2017 General Meeting
Sunday, November 5, at 3 P.M.
at the Alkek Library at Texas State University
601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666

Dr. David Coleman, Director and Curator of the Wittliff Collection will host our Fall General Meeting and provide information about the collection.

Dr. David Coleman joined the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University - San Marcos in October 2011. Prior to this, he served as the chief curator of photography at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also served as a department head from 1996. After growing up in Dallas, Texas, he attended Bates College  in Lewiston, Maine, where he earned his bachelor's degree.  He earned an M.A. in Art History from Hunter College, City University of New York, and then earned his Ph.D. in Art History, concentrating on the history of photography, from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005.

Refreshments will be served

Key Connections Gathering was great fun!

On Sunday, September 10, members of PBKAAGA welcomed new PBK members from the Austin area at Deep Eddy Cabaret.
We enjoyed good conversations amid the music and free pizza! We look forward to seeing all of them at future events.

(4 of our new friends, with our President, Suzon Kemp),

and other new friends who were outdoors with Board Members Cathy Jaffee and Joyce Statz.

Thanks to Deep Eddy Cabaret for hosting our event!


On May 7, 2017, at our Spring General Meeting, we honored four remarkable students.

Thanks to our scholarship committee and congratulations to our winners!

To read more about them and their impressive accomplishments, please click here.

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. 

The PBKAAGA wants to take a moment to recognize our members, and especially our donors, for what they make possible:  support for some of the finest students in the area. Every membership makes a difference.  Thank you, donors! 


Upcoming events

05 Nov 2017 3:00 PM • Texas State University Alkek Library, 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Officers and Board Members

Suzon Kemp, President

Pam Autrey, 1st Vice-President
Bill Schleuse 2nd Vice-President

Scott Morse, Treasurer
Joyce Pulich, Secretary

Robert Bridges, Past President

Board Members:
Gemma Marangoni Ainslie
Michelle Berger
Noble Doss
Catherine Jaffe
Michael Palumbo
Yashvinder Sabharwal
Ann Schwartz
Joyce Statz
Alice Virginia White

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