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.
Meet the recipients of our 2015 PBKAAGA Scholarships!
Dr. Spencer Wells Explained...
How Humans In All Our Diversity Remain Connected
The PBKAAGA General Membership Meeting took place at 3PM on Sunday May 3 in the Julius Glickman Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.
Our speaker was Dr. Spencer Wells who spoke 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 taste of this extraordinary speaker, please do take a look at his TED Talk or follow him on Twitter at @spwellls.
At this meeting, we also awarded our 2015 PBKAAGA scholarships.
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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 ends, 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 make a difference. Thank you, donors!