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Phi Beta Kappa

National honor society for liberal arts and sciences

 Phi Beta Kappa Seal

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Since its founding, 17 U.S. Presidents39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and more than 130 Nobel Laureates have been inducted as members.

Acquiring a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is not a simple matter and we are one of the 290 colleges to house a chapter on campus. Colleges must go through a rigorous application process, lasting several years. The college must have at least five members of Phi Beta Kappa as professors on staff, it must submit an enormous amount of information demonstrating academic excellence and a commitment to education in the liberal arts and, finally, it must pass muster during an on-campus visit by members of the national leadership. 

Brother Abdon Lewis Garavaglia, a literature professor who had become a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Catholic University, was the driving force behind Manhattan College's ten-year effort to win its own chapter of the society. When the Upsilon of New York Chapter was finally established at Manhattan College in 1971, it became the first Christian Brothers School, and the sixth Catholic institution of higher education, to acquire a chapter.

Phi Beta Kappa has a rich history, learn more about the history of this honor society. 

  • Eligibility
    To be considered for admission into Phi Beta Kappa, undergraduates must have:
    • completed a minimum of 90 credits within the liberal arts from the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science
    • demonstrated a high level of achievement in their coursework and a serious commitment to liberal studies
    • a GPA of 3.75 for the previous five semesters is ordinarily necessary, but students are not elected solely on the basis of GPA
    • a demonstrated fluency in a second language in at least an intermediate level, typically interpreted as completion of a language course at the 202 level
  • Student Members

    The Manhattan College chapter has a long standing tradition on campus, see the list below of students who have been inducted in previous years.

    • 2021-2012

      2021

      Seniors: Bryan Alfaro, Rachel Asante, Lucas Babio, Yael Chauca-Diaz, Chi In Cheang, Nicholas Chiofalo, Eric Ciccotelli, Giuliana DeLuca, Gabriella DePinho, Sophia DiMascolo, Grace Droege, Julia Ettere, Amber Figueroa, Camryn Holly, Ashley Morales, Harikrishnan Nair, Kali Puppolo, Jennifer Riner, Sophia Sakellariou, Joseph Thomas, Darby Zelaskowski

      Juniors: Gina Lauria, Jessie Rising

      2020

      Seniors: Sierra Arral, Eva Bartsch, Rose Brennan, Shannon Colford, Esau Cuellar, Phillip Dombrovskiy, Megan Dreher, Jose Feliciano, Madeline Hurwitz, Mackenzie Kvapil, Juan Lara-Garcia, Maryanne MacIsaac, Trevor Pelletier, Olivia Printy, Teresa Ramoni, Brianna Remache, Michael Rozycki, Jake Salles, Melissa Samanoglu, Erin Sanders, Lauren Schuster, Naomi Uy, Alexandro Vasquez, Megan Vella 

      Juniors: Ivana Mulcahy, Rachel Roca

      2019

      Seniors: Natalia Alvarez De Jesus, Haley Burnside, David Caiafa, Shereen Chaudhry, Madeline Davids, Jezel-Dominique De Mesa, Angelica Delgado Ruiz, Kevin Donald, Lisa Fajardo, Megan Haber, Aileen Hickey, Stephanie Kristo, Zoe McGreevy, Talia Price, Eva Pugliese, Leah Reiner, Jacob Sarasin, Melissa Skuriat, Tess Smith, Sofia Tollinche, Brittney Vargas, Casey Virgo, Vincent Wiedemann, Jenna Zawislak 

      Juniors: Carly Brownell, Bartosz Gierczak, Rebecca Lowe, Meredith Taylor, Victoria Webb Alyssa Zdunia

      2018

      Seniors: Amy Cardoza, Emily Center, Nicole Connell, Alessandra Eraifej, Cameron Gribbons, Ashley Hogan, Alison Hurley, Douglas Huntington, Alexandra Hutzler, Nesta Littlejohn, Clarice Mak, Raymond Maresca, Brendan Murphy, Jamie Paton, Ismael Pena, Kaitlyn Rooney, Kristen Sandmeir, Bright Shi, Antigone Thanasias, Victoria Thomas, Natalie Tousignant

      Juniors: Jacqueline Delorenzo, Anthony Depinho, Mackenna Jacovich, Cole Johnson

      2017

      Seniors: MaryAlice Azzolina, Kehhana Bonagura, Melissa Brenner, Lindsey Burns, Mary Cacace, Caroline Chu, Katelyn Conroy, John Evans, Benjamin Fisher, Kaitlyn Greiner, Nora Hanna, Gregory Inzinna, Juliana Jaeger, Jamie Kiriakos, Kyleigh Panetta, Elda Perez, Karina Rodriguez, Griselle Sanchez, Christine Schmidt, Nina Torres, Daniel E. Ynfante 

      Juniors: Mia Bertoli, Christopher De La Bastide, Timothy Hamling, Matthew Nardini

      2016

      Seniors: Daise Bedolla Zavala, Matthew Coyne, Cynthia Diaz, Anthony DiProperzio, Carolyn Egan, Stephen  Fertelmes, Anthony Fischetti, Adele Foster, Celena Gonzalez, Natalie Heinitz, Kimberly Hickey, Taylor Hollister, Kylie Knee, Nicholas Laznovsky, Albert  Orlando, Sera Pisani, Gabriela Remache, Julia Schwartz, Samantha Wiggs 

      Juniors: Lauren Barton, Therese Kelly, Nicole Mathias, Joseph Mozdzierz, Paulina Ochoa-Figueroa, Olivia Smith

      2015

      Seniors: Anthony Amiano, Victoria Argento, Amber Bailey, Carolina Boutureira, John Corraro, Kelly Cousins, Irene Entringer Garcia-Blanes, Olivia Giacoppi, Sarah Haselhort, Doreen Horschig

      Elizabeth Johannesen, Anna Kitlar, Claire Leaden, Cara Ledwidge, Nereida Millan, Mitchell Potempa, Kathryn Tkach, Kimsy Tor

      Juniors: John Maiocco, Drew Murphy, Zachary Scheid, Kristen Skonieczny, Danielle Tarantino, Gregory Zajac

      2014

      Meena Balady, Cornelia Batu, Katelyn Connor, Thomas Engelhart, Michael Gallarello, Bryan Galligan, Sarah Gilbert, Patrick King, Brandon Kotlow, Tessa LaBounty, Elizabeth Miller, Joseph Murtagh, Samantha Ortiz, Carolyn Quest, Jasmine Ribeaux, Katherine Tkach, Colleen Walsh, Kathleen White

      Juniors: Jordan Bland, Samantha Rocco, Sandy Trinidad

      2013

      Seniors: Maggie Confrey, Sarah Conte, Amanda Cromwell, Robert Fiore, Nicholas Kallivrousis, Michelle Lam, Alexa Lampasona, Thomas Michelena, Lynette Perez, Kayla M. Salmon, Matthew Wellington, Sally Zak, Joshua Zarcone

      Juniors: Rebecca Bertuccio, Thomas Voorheis, Kathryn Wojtkiewicz

      2012

      Seniors: Jose Chavarry, Katlyn Durfee, Courtney Dwyer, Hilary Krombel, Samuel Leitermann

      Lawrence Meche, John Mechmann, Brian Merriman, Sarah Murphy, Maxwell Reid, Michael Shilstone, Anthony Sparacino, Matthew Waldron

      Juniors: Sarah Glessner, Perry Rizopoulos, Elena Rotondo

    • 2011-2002

      2011

      Seniors: Mary Adely, Clara Castillo de Molina, Ines Castillo de Molina, Jennifer Ewald, Thomas Forzaglia, Jacqueline Hargrove, Sophia Hirakis, Jola Kacaj, Katherine Krauss, Nicholas Lavini, Ryan Markatos, Nora Sacchi, Timothy Spooner, James Wellington

      Juniors: Stephanie Dufort, Bailey Fay, Matthew Flood, Hyesu Kim

      2010

      Seniors: Edward Barbieri, Jesse Brauner, Katelyn Cross, Margaret Driscoll, Edward Harley, Alexandra MacDougall, Marybeth Navarra, Carl Rizzi, Lynea Snyder

      Juniors: Andrew Fesler, Dolores Rowen

      2009

      Seniors: Liam Bambrick, Kathleen Bulson, Alissa Carelli, Raquel Ciampa, Kyra De Martini, Rachel Downes, Damien Germino Hannah Kaplan, Krysten Kenny, Terence Meyerhoefer, Caroline O’Donovan, Glynnis O’Shea, Danielle Perkins, Andrew Richardson, Alisabeth Shine, Elizabeth Smyth, Matthew Spano, Jenna Thoele, Alana Wolfe

      Juniors: Janice Autera, Maura Costello, Brian Klotz, Tarah Midy, Angela Patnode, Dorothy Sinnott

      2008

      Seniors: Vladimir Ampov, Brendan Atwood, Robert Barrows, Lisa Bernier, Leah Gambolati, Debra Kepke, Cody Lounsbury, Michael McHugh, Cassie Oleszkiewicz, Alexandra Phelan, Katie Watt, Elizabeth Wright

      Juniors: Jaclyn Ambriscoe, Mary Connolly, Kara Malone, Viviane Masters

      2007

      Seniors: Serena Barresi, David Flay, Bérengère Fuoc, Elizabeth Gippetti, Jacqueline Kabak, Prantik Kundu, Peter Laserna, Lara Longo, Sara Lowe, Jennifer McLeer, Kathryn Nadel, Dominick Rizzi, Laura Ruzzo, Adam Wisnieski

      Juniors: Andrew Dunn, Nicole Grabell, Kellyn Kearney, Lisa LoFaso, Kathryn Meyer, Courtney Roy

      2006

      Seniors: Danielle Battista, Cassie Bosse, Kristen Bussanich, Renée Foti, Lindsay Harrington, Jessica Hutter, Muriel Kurtoğlu, Brandy Luther, Melissa Lynch, Alexandra Nigolian, Sophia Rodriguez, Lisa Santoro, Kristina Smyth, Jennifer Privitera

      Juniors: Angela Lockhart, Anthony N. Vernaci

      2005

      Seniors: Erez Cohen, Sarah Delena, Shawn Gennaria, Christopher Holodak, Blair Lampe, Beth Maffia, Renee Martinez, Thomas McDonagh, Sarah Mollard, Stephanie Morris, Nicole Pollio, Anne Saada, James Steeil, Anne Tarnasky, Briana Visone

      Juniors: Christina Cruz, Meghan Gill, Cecylia Stabrawa, Robert Suzzivalli

      2004

      Seniors: Oona Bustard, Pamela Courtney, Jennifer Dwyer, John Easterbook, Kelly Frisch, Jillian Guglielmo, Erin Gunn, Erica Howard, Melinda Kaplan, Ji Eun Kim, Rachel Kraft, Nicolette Kramer, Jessica Kulack

      Juniors: Julianna Grogan-Brown, Nataliya Hafiychuk

      2003

      Seniors: Lauren Belcher, Kira Breslin, Tiffany Brown, Christopher Cotter, Marianna Codispoti, Swati Goel, Michelle Jelenek, Timothy Maddux, Laura McLean, Stanislav Miroshnikov, Irene Okumakpeyi, Vincent Panetta, Maria Roberto, Eric Schaaf, Matthew Spring, Jadwiga Switniewska, Iliana Tati, Sara Thomeier, Andrew Ulrich

      Juniors: Michelle DiMuro, Andrada Frunza, Diana Kulaya, Eugene Reynolds

      2002

      Seniors: Noelle Campbell, Nisha Chitkara, Steven Corbin, Aileen Devitt, Shannon Gaffney, Jessica Gray, Brian Haman, Mio Kitano, Gianmarc Manzione, Nicole McGrath, Christine Prizeman, Laura Thiessen 

      Juniors: Kelly Andrade, Anthony Cedrone, Joseph Hirt, Sean Kelly, James Weiss 

    • 2001-1998

      2001

      Seniors: Renee Baranin, Anne Burns, Monica Cabarcas, Matthew D'Armiento, Michelle Del Rosario, Jessica Gallus, Rosaria Lofaro, Peter Mangubat, Daisy Rodriguez, Vanessa Salvo 

      Juniors: Christine Clarke, Mary Dimiceli, Kimberly Frederick, Lera Lavrova

      2000

      Seniors: Vina Cruz, Gerald Doherty, Christina Doyle, Kristi Ferraro, Michael Gibbons, Kimberly Gruber, Elizabeth John, Jodie King, Larsen Kusick, Meaghan Lawless, Elvira Liclican, Marigrace Lim, John Mark, Anthony Mastropietro, Thomas Patton, Anne Paul, Amy Porcello, Brian Quinn, Pascale Rabbah, James Snyder, Kevin Waite, Cesar Zuniga

      Juniors: Brian Fitzgerald, Michelle Maxson, Andrew Santanello, Jessica Sweeny

      1999

      Seniors: Michael Bailey, Maria Baxamusa, Gene Berardelli, Ann Diaz, Maria Diaz, Daniel Dobransky, Martin Galvin, Sean King, Kathleen Lambert, Antoinette Motayne, Erin Phillips

      Br. Ryan Sheehan, S.M., Josephine Solimene, Maryann Stallone, Lisa Walsh, Brian Van Riper

      Juniors: Lauren Ryan, Evangelos Pefanis, Dmitriy Zamarin

      1998

      Seniors: Megan Bourne, Terence Brosnan, Erica Fernandez, Joseph Leylegian, Lynn Martin, Antonette Milcetic, Daniel Pagan, Karen Quadrini, Maria Rodriguez

      Juniors: Patrick Costello, Peter Devlin, Christopher Farley, Carolyn Morris, Brigitte Nahas, Mark Niciu, Andrew Rogers

  • Brother Francis Bowers scholarship

    Brother Francis Bowers was a Charter member of Manhattan College’s Upsilon of New York Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1971. He served as chair of the undergraduate and graduate English departments, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Provost and Academic Vice President of the College. Later, he served as the academic advisor for intercollegiate athletics. He was the president of our chapter of Phi Beta Kappa until 1976, then worked tirelessly as its secretary-treasurer from 1993 to 2003. Brother Bowers exemplified the value of a liberal arts education.

    In his memory, the Brother Francis Bowers Scholarship was established, to be awarded annually at this induction ceremony. The Scholarship is to be awarded to a Junior inductee to Phi Beta Kappa who best illustrates Phi Beta Kappa and Lasallian values and will be applied towards educational expenses for the student’s senior year of study. 

    2021: Gina Lauria

    2020: Rachel Roca

    2019: Alyssa Zduniak

    2018: Mackenna Jacovich

    2017: Mia Bertoli, Timothy Hamling

    2016: Paulina Ochoa-Figueroa

Chapter Officers

President and Moderator

Maria Maust-Mohl, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

Maria.maustmohl@manhattan.edu

Vice President

Marlene Gottlieb, PhD

Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures

Historian

Adam Areson, PhD

Professor/Director of Urban Studies, History

Secretary/Treasurer

Michael Judge, PhD

Professor of Biology