Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SPICE Endowment

$10K Phi Beta Kappa – Lambda of Texas Chapter/Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence endowment to benefit SPICE programs, students, marketing & outreach. Donations may be sent to the Texas Tech Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 41081, Lubbock, Texas 79409-1081.

Phi Beta Kappa Lambda of Texas chapter sheltered by faculty/staff at Texas Tech: & Historian Dr.

Phi Beta Kappa is a “key” benchmark for Tier 1/research-institution status: Scholarships available: The Phi Beta Kappa Society ( is the nation's oldest undergraduate honors organization in the US. The Society has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776. The Society has 500,000+ members with 280 chapters & 62 alumni association nationwide. PBK stands for freedom of inquiry and expression, disciplinary rigor, breadth of intellectual perspective, the cultivation of skills of deliberation and ethical reflection, the pursuit of wisdom, and the application of the fruits of scholarship and research in practical life.

PBK champions these values in the confidence that a world influenced by them will be a more just and peaceful world. PBK Lambda of Texas chapter established a scholarship endowment at near-by, two-year South Plains College to benefit outstanding Phi Theta Kappa students. Two endowments: [1] $10+K scholarship endowment at near-by, two-year South Plains College to benefit outstanding Phi Theta Kappa students; & [2] $10K endowment to benefit SPICE/Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence.

Recent past US presidents & US President Obama share a Phi Beta Kappa connection: three former US Presidents are PBKs: George H.W. Bush/Yale ‘48; Bill Clinton/Georgetown ‘68 & Jimmy Carter/honorary at KS State Univ. ‘91. Two are sons of PBKs: US President Obama (through his father Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., PBK/Hawai’i at Manoa in ‘62) & past US President George W. Bush (through his father). PBKs share the honor of membership with 17 US Presidents & seven of the nine current US Supreme Court Justices (including Sonia Sotomayor, PBK, Princeton, ’76). Famous or not, all PBKs have one thing in common: the pursuit of excellence.

PBKs whose names you may know: Jeff Bezos, Founder of; Glenn Close, actor; Eileen Collins, space-shuttle commander; Francis Ford Coppola, film director; Michael Crichton, author; Rita Dove, former US Poet Laureate; John Hope Franklin, historian; Brian Greene, physicist; Peyton Manning, NFL quarterback; Stephen Sondheim, composer & lyricist; Gloria Steinem, co-founder of Ms. Magazine; John Updike, novelist & critic; ’10 US Supreme Court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan (PBK, Princeton, ’81) – if confirmed, she would replace Justice John Paul Stevens (PBK, Univ. of Chicago, ’41); Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain (PBK, Univ. of MO, 1902).

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Contact Alice Virginia White, PhD; 2009 & 2010 Historian, Lambda of Texas Chapter (Texas Tech University); 2008 & 2009 President, PBK (Alumni) Association of West Texas & Eastern New Mexico; circa 2000 & 2001 Treasurer, Greater Austin Alumni Association; Induction, Alpha of Kansas, 1967 (University of Kansas); & & or

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