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 date for our Spring 2017 General Meeting
Sunday, May 7, at 3 P.M.
at the home of Libby and Bruce Malone
3401 Northwood Circle, Austin, TX 78703

Meet the 2017 Scholarship Award Winners

and hear from

Dr. Randy Diehl
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
University of Texas, Austin

Dean Randy Diehl has served for 40 years as a psychology professor at The University of Texas at Austin, studying how humans perceive speech and teaching hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. Since 2007, he has also demonstrated his passion for teaching and research as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Dean Diehl earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He joined The University of Texas faculty in 1975 and served as Psychology Department chair from 1995 to 1999.

Why the Liberal Arts Are So Critical to Careers in Tomorrow’s World

As we look at the dynamic nature of our world, many students, parents, and business people wonder – how relevant are the liberal arts to tomorrow’s  careers?  In his talk, Dr. Diehl will address why the liberal arts matter for those entering new careers, as well as for those whose interests and needs are developing to address changes in themselves and in the world around them.

Refreshments will be served


On May 1, 2016, at our Spring General Meeting,
 we honored three 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

Please check back soon for information about our Spring 2017 General Membership Meeting.

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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