Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association, Inc.

April 2005 Newsletter

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Important Vote at the Annual Meeting

Because The National Phi Beta Kappa Society has raised the assessment it collects for each of our Association's members from $.50 to $2.00, the Board feels it is necessary for the health of our organization to raise our annual dues from $25 to $30. If approved by the members present at the May 1 Annual Meeting, this change would take place for the 2006 membership year. For information on bylaw approval, see the bylaws on this site.

From the President

Dear Fellow Phi Betes,

Well, there was no more sunshine at Asilomar on Presidents’ Day weekend than there was in the rest of the state, but a good time was had by all nonetheless. For the fifth consecutive year, we enjoyed the benefits of Jean James’ energy, resourcefulness, and careful planning; we and, unbeknownst to them, the scholarship winners owe her a great deal. This year we heard an unusually diverse array of speakers, on topics ranging from the cultural geography of Uzbekistan and its neighbors to planning for a round-the-world trip with two school-age children and a cat in a home-made boat. As usual, the question periods revealed unexpected troves of specialized knowledge among the listeners. We were happy to see a healthy and unafraid deer herd roaming the grounds, but somewhat disconcerted by a sign urging visitors to beware of mountain lions—two no doubt related natural phenomena.

Planning has already begun for next year’s weekend at Asilomar, our twentieth. Do get your suggestions and reservation forms in to Jean early, so you can help us make it a truly memorable occasion.

In the meantime, I would like to invite you to attend our annual dinner, on May 1 at the UC Faculty Club in Berkeley. This is not a fundraising event for us, but rather a celebration of the gifts and accomplishments of our Scholarship and Teaching Excellence awardees. Usually at least half of them are able to attend and speak briefly about their work (the rest tend to be off in the field, working toward the goals that won them the award in the first place). If you seek assurance that the life of the mind and the ideal of scholarly excellence are alive and well in Northern California, you could not find it at a better place.

Respectfully submitted,

President top

Upcoming Events

Person making a reservation MUST BE a Phi Beta Kappa Member, but need not be a member of the Northern California Association.

If you plan to attend any of the PBKNCA events, please clip or copy the appropriate coupon in the hard copy of the Newsletter, fill it out and mail it, with your check, to me at the address indicated. No confirmations or additional details will be sent; be sure to save this newsletter!

First Vice President - Programs

PBK NCA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

UC Berkeley faculty ClubAnnual Meeting at the Join the PBK NCA Board in celebrating this year’s accomplishments in the charming setting and collegial atmosphere of the UC Berkeley Faculty Club. Take this opportunity to meet with, and be inspired by the dedication and achievements of our scholarship and teaching excellence award winners. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served starting at 6:05 p.m. Choose between chicken, beef, or vegetarian. The bar is "No host" during social hour but dinner will include house wine, coffee or tea, plus salad and dessert in addition to your pre-selected entrée which comes with rice or potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2005
Deadline: April 15, 2005
Time: 5 p.m.
Price: $50 (includes parking)

On the campus of UC Berkeley (University Avenue exit off I-80). At the end of April, registrants will be mailed a "Faculty Club Notecard" that will include driving directions and a foldout campus map with parking instructions.

Opera House Backstage Tour (website)

Tour of the San Francisco Opera HouseAttention Opera Lovers! Have you ever wanted to know more about the architecture and construction of the Opera House? Have you wondered about its colorful history? Have you always yearned to travel through the auditorium and behind the footlights to the artist dressing rooms, back stage area, and Wig and Make-up Department? If so, this is the tour for you! We will meet at 10:15 am at the Groves Street entrance (opposite Davies entrance) for an Opera Guild docent-led tour beginning at 10:30am.

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Time: Meet at 10:15 a.m. for tour from 10:30 - noon
Deadline: May 1, 2005
Price: $15.00 per person


War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove St.), San Francisco. Go to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge or by going north on US 101 or I-280. From the North: After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge stay on US 101 which turns into Van Ness Avenue. The Opera House is in the Civic Center on Van Ness. From the South on I-280 take the Civic Center (Van Ness) exit and go north. From the East, exit US 101 take the Civic Center (Van Ness) exit and go north. From the South on US 101 stay on US 101 until the Civic Center (Van Ness) exit. The Opera House is in the Civic Center on Van Ness.




Administration building at Asilomar

About the Asilomar Conference Center

Asilomar was designed by Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle
Read more about Julia Morgan

Note that our Asilomar Conference now has a special URL

But… the weather did not dampen the spirits of the 91 Phi Betes and guests who joined us for our Association’s nineteenth annual retreat at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove this February 18 – 21, 2005. The clouds and rain, mingled with occasional glints of sunshine, only added to the beauty of the venue. Although this year’s participants on their after-conference questionnaires enthusiastically praised the quality of the speakers, what our members valued most was the opportunity to meet and mingle with one another. We are truly an organization made up of outstanding, interesting, unique individuals.

In addition to the intellectual and social aspects of the conference, Asilomar is also important to our Association because it is a major fund-raiser for our scholarship program. Our profits this year were over $8000 – enough to fund two of our $4000 graduate scholarships. This money comes from our $100 per person registration fee; the part that isn’t used for expenses is totally tax-deductible. This year $90.31 of the $100 registration fee you paid in 2004 for Asilomar 2005 is deductible.

Plans for Asilomar 2006 (President’s Day Weekend – February 17 - 20) are already starting to take shape. Next year’s conference will mark the twentieth year we have been gathering at Asilomar, and we are planning a special celebration. The sufficiently broad theme - The Best of the Monterey Bay Area - should allow for all kinds of stimulating presentations. Although several of you have already provided me with suggestions for next year’s programs and speakers, please contact me if you think of anything else. (My email address and telephone number appear with those of the other officers in this newsletter.) Our most successful presentations have been the direct result of your recommendations.

To assure the continued success of our Asilomar conference, please pass the word along to others who might want to participate in this unique experience. Our best advertisement is word of mouth and the best place to pass the word is at our many Association activities. When you attend these events, please tell others of your positive Asilomar experience and encourage them to join us. Each individual who comes directly supports our scholarship program.

I would like to encourage you, too, to attend our annual dinner in May when we award these scholarships and honor professors for their teaching excellence. To actually see and hear about how important these awards are to the very talented recipients is truly inspirational.

Asilomar Chair

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Treasurer's Corner

A copy of the annual report for the fiscal year July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004, is available. To obtain a copy , contact the Treasurer

2005 Nominations

The 2005-06 Nominating Committee
Marvin Richards, Chair
The Nominating Committee nominates the following slate of officers for the 2005-06 Board of Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association and the following slate for the 2005-06 Nominating Committee. A vote of the Membership will be taken at the annual meeting May 1, 2005.

Board Nominees and Biographical Data

Muriel Bell

Second Vice President, Scholarship 2000-2004, Scholarship Comm. 1995-2004 PBK NCA; PBK BA (High Honors) French history & literature, Cornell 1960; freelance editor & translator 1968-78; Editor, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford 1978-86; Manuscript Editor 1963-68, Sponsoring Editor 1986-present, Stanford Univ. Press; Palo Alto Community Advisory Board on Special Education.


Joanne Sandstrom

A.A. Glendale Junior College (as it was then) in 1957; PBK BA in English and teaching credential, UC Berkeley 1959 and 1960, respectively; M.A. in English, Cal State Long Beach (as it was then) 1968; Taught English at Costa Mesa High School, Saddleback College and Long Beach City College 1969-1975; Sailed around the world 1975-1980; In charge of the publications program at the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, September 1980-present (editor, typesetter, proofreader, marketer, publicist, etc.).

Letitia Sanders

3rd Vice President, Membership PBK NCA, 2000-present; PBK, AB (magna cum laude) English, Sweet Briar College, 1962; MAT English, Emory U., 1964; English teacher, Atlanta Public Schools, 1964-67; IBM system engineer & instructor, 1967-91; data processing instructor, College of Marin, 1982-83; Systems Advisory committee, College of Marin, 1983-present; Board member, California Nevada Arabian Sport Horse Assn., 2002-03.

Jean E. James

Corresponding Sec. 1998-present, Nominating Comm. 1995-96, 1999-2000, Asilomar Chair 2001-present, PBK NCA; BA German, DePauw U. 1968; MAT Northwestern U. 1969; Graduate work, Stanford & Chicago; Retired teacher of college prep. English and English as a second language; now an enthusiastic dressage rider and tennis player.


Leon Fisher

Teaching Excellence Chair 1999-present, Teaching Excellence Comm. 1992-present, Nominating Comm. 1997-99,PBK NCA;    , BS Chemistry 1938, MS Chemistry 1940, PhD Physics 1943, UC Berkeley; Sigma Xi; Phi Mu Episolon; Fellow, American Physical Soc.; American Assn. of Physics Teachers; Dean, Prof. of Physics Emeritus, CSU Hayward; Presently teaching foreign students & spouses at Stanford; Formerly Visiting Prof. of Physics at Stanford, Washington, UC Berkeley, & USC; Formerly Professor of Physics, New York University; Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Mary Turner Gilliland

Treasurer 2001-present, PBK NCA; PBK BA (High Honors) French & Textiles & Clothing, UCSB, 1969; Community Volunteer, 1971-present: United Church of Christ, No. Calif. Conference Comm. on Ministry (Co-chair); San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles (Pres. of the Board); International Federation for Home Economics.


Gerald T. Richards

Newsletter Chair 2001-present, PBK NCA, PBK, Tau Beta Pi 1956, BS Ind. Engr. (magna cum laude) 1957, Lafayette College; Sigma Pi Sigma, MS Engr. Purdue 1963; Physics graduate work, Lehigh & UC Davis; JD Golden Gate U. 1976; US Army service to major 1948-52 & 1959-67; Physicist 1967-73, 1979-81, Lawyer 1981-93, Retired 1993, UC Lawrence Livermore Nat’l Lab.; Staff Member, Calif. Boys’ State, 1996-present; Emeritus Attorney, 1998-present; Member, Standing Comm. On Senior Lawyers, 2002-2005 Cal. State Bar; Member, Board of Administrative Appeals, Antioch, Ca 2003-2004; Who’s Who in America, 54th Ed.

Board Liaison to the 2004-05 Nominating Committee
Mary Agnes Hanel

President 2002-04, First Vice President, Programs 2000-02, Chapter Liaison Chair 1977-2000, Recording Secretary 1995-97 PBK NCA; BA History, UC Davis; Master of Library Science, UC Berkeley; Library Program Coordinator-Local History/Genealogy Librarian, Santa Clara City Library.

Nominees for the 2005-06 Nominating Committee

Masako K. Miura
Member PBK NCA, 1982-present; PBK, BA USC 1936; MD USC 1942; Residency in Dermatology LA County Hospital; Dermatologist, LA School District, 1949-54; Civilian Physician, US Army, Fort Ord, 1955-81; Retired in 1981

Maria Norall
Recording Secretary 2000-2005, Nominating Comm. 1999-2000 PBK NCA; PBK, A.B., French, Bates College, Lewiston, ME; M.A., Comparative Literature (Spanish/French), U.C., Berkeley. Graduate studies at Middlebury School of Languages, Middlebury, VT, and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Foreign Service, Dept. of State, Madrid, Spain; Johnson & Johnson International, Translator; Teacher, French, Spanish, ESL, K-8. Supervisor, St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA

Marvin D. Richards
PBK, 1947, BA (highest distinction) 1948, Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical Honor Society) 1950, MD 1951, State University of Iowa; Certified, American Board Internal Medicine 1958; Fellow American College of Physicians 1975; Private Practice, Internal Medicine 1955-1982; Currently Physician San Mateo Medical Center.

Mel Shattuck
PBK NCA, President 1993-95, Nominating Committee 1995-96 & 2000-01, Asilomar Chair 1997-99, and other positions; PBK 1948 Brown Univ.; President, executive search and consulting firm.

James L Wellhouse
PBK, BA Univ. of Iowa, 1948; MD, Washington Univ. St. Louis 1952; Commissioned Officer, U.S. Public Health Service , 1952-72 Sub-specialty training in psychoanalysis, Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, 1960-72; Instructor in psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Univ. 1960-65; Clinical assistant-associate-Prof. George Washington Univ., School of Medicine, 1977-97; Clinical psychiatrist Washington, D.C. Police and Fire Departments clinic 1977-97

Nancy Ranney Wolcott
PBK, BA, 1955 UC Berkeley; Gen. Elem. Credential 1963 UCSB; MS (Special Ed. Credential-Handicapped) Dominican College 1975; Special Ed Teacher K-8, Ross Grammar School 1974-82; Consultant, Gifted Program 1982-83, Reading Curriculum Revision 1983-84, Ross Valley School District; Design Consultant and Property Management 1985 to present.

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