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?

The 2018 Scholarship Drive is underway to raise $20,000 for next year's scholarships and a new award for a local high school teacher.

in 2019 we will give two $5,000 scholarships, three $2,500 scholarships, and a $2,500 award to a local high school teacher who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the humanities and natural sciences, as well as $500 for the teacher's school to use in support of the teacher's work

Your contributions make this happen. Any amount is much appreciated, but we have these levels of recognition:
  • Platinum Sponsor - $2,500 - Scholarship in the name of the donor(s)
  • Gold Sponsor - $1,000 - Sponsor acknowledged during award ceremony
  • Silver Sponsor - $500 - Sponsor contribution noted in awards program
  • Bronze Sponsor - $250 - Sponsor contribution noted in awards program

Please go to the Donate to our Scholarships tab to make your donation.


Save the Dates:

July 15, 2018 - Member Social Hour at Deep Eddy Cabaret
On Sunday, July 15, starting at 5:30 PM, all PBKAAGA members are invited to a social hour at Deep Eddy Cabaret.  Come and get to know other members of the association, and learn about common and not-so-common interests!

Deep Eddy Cabaret
2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

5:30 PM - Food and drink available


November 4, 2018 - 3-5 PM - Fall General Meeting and Teacher Award
Join us for the Fall General Meeting, where Dean Randy Diehl will introduce our keynote speaker, Dr. Alan Tully, and where we will award our first annual Teaching Excellence Award. Hosted by Susan and John Palombo, at Suite # 503 at the Northshore Austin, 110 San Antonio Street. Valet Parking in Northshore’s adjacent garage. Refreshments and beverages will be served.

Professor Alan Tully (PhD, Johns Hopkins, 1973) joined the University of Texas Department of History as Chair and Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor of American History in 2002. Prior to his appointment at Texas he served as Department Chair, Faculty of Arts Coordinator for International Student Recruitment, Associate Dean, External Affairs, and Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia. His scholarly field is Early American History. He has written two well-known books on colonial political culture. William Penn’s Legacy: Politics and Social Structure in Provincial Pennsylvania, 1726-1755 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977) and Forming American Politics: Ideals, Interests, and Institutions in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania ( The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994), and with Texas colleague Robert Olwell has co-edited, Cultures and Identities in Colonial British America (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).

His current project “Declaring America” is an investigation of political behavior and language in the British North American colonies and in the early republican decades of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


Meet our 2018 Scholarship Award winners who were honored at the May 6, 2018 Spring General Meeting

After a talk about current events in Washington, Congressman Lloyd Doggett and his wife Libby presented scholarships to three of the scholarship award winners.  Dr. Bill Schleuse presented the fourth scholarship to the winner of the Physicians-sponsored award.

PBKAAGA Representatives Attended AISD Scholarship Fair

On January 25, Lisa Gaw, Suzon Kemp, and Robert Bridges attended the 2018 AISD Scholarship Fair and met an amazing group of potential scholarship recipients. 13 out of the 14 AISD high schools were represented, and many of the students already had acceptance letters from their colleges or universities.  We look forward to seeing their scholarship applications soon! 

The Fall 2017 General Meeting on November 5th was enjoyed by all!

Dr. David Coleman, Director and Curator of the Wittliff Collection hosted our meeting, providing a very informative introduction to the collection and its history.

He then led us on a tour of the exhibits, focusing on the Lonesome Dove Collection, a rich, full-production archive from the TV miniseries.

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!


Upcoming events

04 Nov 2018 3:00 PM • Suite # 503 at the Northshore Austin, 110 San Antonio Street, 78701

Officers and Board Members

Suzon Kemp, President

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

Robin Ingari, Treasurer
Joyce Pulich, Secretary

Robert Bridges, Past President

Board Members:
Gemma Marangoni Ainslie
Michelle Berger
Catherine Jaffe
Michael Palombo
Yashvinder Sabharwal
Joyce Statz
Louise Weinberg
Steven Weinberg
Alice Virginia White

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