Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association, Inc.

February 2007 Newsletter

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From the President

Dear Fellow Phi Betes:

By the time you receive this letter, you will have taken down the holiday decorations and stored your memories in a special place. Our Asilomar Conference will probably be in progress or just over, so that I will not as yet be able to tell you how wonderful it was. I can only say that Jae Emenhiser and his wife Pat, with program help from Bob and DeeDee Baronian, have achieved a greater number of attendees than I ever did while I was in charge of the event. Right now, we have 124 paid participants, each of whom have paid the $100 registration fee - great news for our scholarship fund. 

Besides praising the Emenhisers and the Baronians, I cannot say enough about our hard-working Board members. It is a joy to be part of such a dedicated, responsible group of volunteers. Letitia Sanders continues to do outstanding work with the membership; her valuable analyses have saved us lots of money, while increasing our membership. Mary Gilliland still handles our finances with professional aplomb and has demonstrated her leadership in initiating and implementing very successful changes in our investment accounts. Joanne Sandstrom and Cindy Lerner do excellent work with scholarships and teaching excellence awards. Mary Granger keeps an accurate record of our meetings in her minutes, and our newest Board member, Corresponding Secretary Georgia Maslowski, has already proven her worth. Janiece Nolan has introduced several valuable innovations as Chapter Liaison. Gerry Richards continues to shine in the newsletter department, and Stanley Kahn has been a most enthusiastic and conscientious Program VP. 

Sadly, both Gerry and Stanley will relinquish their positions this year. On the positive side, Ray Hendess, our very able webmaster, has volunteered to take over the newsletter, and we will be searching for Stanley's replacement (although we all agree he is really irreplaceable!) at Asilomar, among other venues. Since he has graciously agreed to serve until the end of 2007, we will have some extra time to look for another volunteer. So, if any of you are interested in getting more involved in the Association, this is a wonderful opportunity. 

The culmination of the Board's hard work this year will be our Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on 05/06/07. Mark your calendars now, but really, who could forget a date like that?

Stanley is planning another memorable evening at the Faculty Club, so please read about his preparations on page 3. To hear both the scholarship and teaching excellence recipients tell about their work and how much our awards mean to them is an inspiration to us all, so please plan to join us then. 

And speaking about joining, if you haven't sent in your dues since September 1, you are in arrears. Our membership year runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, so, for example, if you remitted your check in July 2006, you were paid only for 2006. That being said, if you have not mailed your $30 check to Letitia (see below for her address), please take a few minutes and do it now. Don't worry if you cannot find your November newsletter with the membership envelope. Letitia will not be upset if your check arrives without it. And more importantly, if you do not send in your check, this will be the last newsletter you will receive. I'm sure you will not want to let down our hard-working board, not to mention the potential scholarship and teaching excellence award winners, nor will you wish to miss out on all the wonderful activities that Stanley has worked so hard to put together.

Respectfully submitted,

, President

2007 Nominations

The 2006-07 Nominating Committee, Maria Norall, Chair

The Nominating Committee nominates the following slate of officers for the 2007-08 Board of Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association and the following slate for the 2007-08 Nominating Committee. A vote of the Membership will be taken at the annual meeting May 6, 2007.

Jean E. James

President 2006-present, Corresponding Sec. 1998-2006, Nominating Comm. 1995-96, 1999-2000, Asilomar Chair 2001-2006, PBK NCA; BA German, DePauw U. 1967; 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.

Stanley S. Kahn, MD, FACP

1st Vice President: Programs PBK NCA 2005-present. PBK University of Alabama, December 1938. AWA honors and MD degree, Washington University, St. Louis 1943, Active duty Army Medical Corps in ETO. 1st Lt to Capt., 1944-1946. Medical Residency, UAB,1946-1948. Post-doc study Harvard School Public Health, and Research Fellow Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston-1948-1950. Private practice Internal Medicine, 1950-1988; Active Medical Faculty at Montclair Baptist Hospital, Birmingham, 1989-1999. Laureate Physician, American College of Physicians for Alabama, 1990.

Joanne Sandstrom

2nd Vice President, Scholarship PBK NCA 2006-present, 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.); Special interests include collecting artists of early 20th Century children's literature and, with her husband, pages printed in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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.

Georgia Maslowski

Corresponding Secretary 2006-present; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; M.S., Counseling Psychology, California State University, Hayward; B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; thirteen years in private practice as psychotherapist; past instructor, California State University, Hayward, Department of Counseling Psychology; past coordinator, Intern Counseling Program, California State University, Hayward; ten years experience as probation officer and counselor for Alameda and Contra Costa counties; past Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Contra Costa County.

Mary O. Granger

Recording Secretary 2005-present, PBK NCA; PBK, BA in Government, 1958, University of Rochester; Mary married Edward Granger in 1957; MA in Education, University of Rochester, 1959; Mary taught English and social studies in the Rochester City School District from 1959 through 1961. Masters of Library Science, SUNY, Genesco, 1972, after taking time to get two daughters started in the world. Mary served as Library Media Specialist in the Gates Chili Central School District from 1971 through December 1991, when she retired and moved to Sausalito. She has been a member of AAUW since 1992, was a member and officer of an investment club from 1992 through 1999, and was a San Francisco City Guide from 1992 through 1999. She has been a member of the Sierra Club since 1988. Mary continues to hike weekly with a Marin County group. 

Dr. Narcinda (Cindy) R. Lerner

Teaching Excellence Comm. 2000-2006, Nominating Comm. 1997-99, PBK NCA; Now retired, Cindy worked as a Chemist at NASA Ames Research Center for over 30 years. She earned her BS degree at Hofstra University and her PhD at the University of 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.


Dr. Janiece S. Nolan

Chapter Liaison 2005-present, PBK NCA; Rotary; Corporate Advisory Board for Graduate Program in Health Management, UC Berkeley; Industry Advisory Board for Center for Health Management Research; Woodrow Wilson Fellow. BA (PBK) & MA: University of Texas, Austin; MPH: Dept of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. (Biology): Tulane University, New Orleans; Postdoctoral: Physiology-Anatomy, UC Berkeley. Captain (O-6) (ret), Medical Service Corps (MSC) Officer – U.S.N.R. Currently: President/CEO: John Muir Physician Network (California medical foundation with over 800 physicians) part of John Muir Health, located in the East Bay..

Ray Hendess

PBKNCA Webmaster 1997-present, President 1995-1998, Program Chair 1994-1998, Scholarship Committee 1991-1994. Western District Secretary/Newsletter-Editor/Webmaster various dates. Ph.D. Organic Chemistry Princeton 1964, BS Chemistry (magna cum laude) Bates College 1960. Web Design 1997-present, Computer System Administrator 1998-2002, Real Estate Owner/Manager 1976-2000, Research Scientist Eastman Kodak 1964-1981.

JeDon A. (Jae) Emenhiser

BS University of the Redlands, 1955; Ph. D. University of Minnesota, 1962; Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Humboldt State University, 1977-1987; Part-time teacher of Constitutional Law and other Political Science Courses, 1987-present; Visiting Professor at various colleges and universities in the US and abroad at various times during a distinguished teaching career.


Jean James, Board Liaison

Madeleine Babin, former corresponding sec and long-time supporter (continuing for a second year).

Jacqueline Dever Celenza, former Association President.

Mary Hanel, former Association President.

Gordon Repp, former Newsletter Chair and Board Member (continuing for a second year).

Brenda Shank, M.D./Ph.D. in biophysics, and medical specialty in Radiation Oncology, specializing, in particular, in breast cancer, and in total body irradiation for stem cell transplantation (continuing for a second year).

Upcoming Events

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

Upcoming Activities:

As I write, we have six tours scheduled for 2007. We began the New Year with another tour of the Anchor Brewery in San Francisco in January. Attendees had such a good time last year that we thought it would bear repeating, and indeed, the event filled up well before the end of 2006.

In February, we will visit one of the most unusual facilities anywhere, the San Francisco Bay Model, located in Sausalito. Although many Bay Area residents are familiar with its existence, relatively few persons seem to have actually visited this unusual installation, a facility of the US Government.

The home of the Leland Stanford family in Sacramento has been restored to its nineteenth century splendor and arrangements have been made for our guided tour during the month of March. Of course, Leland Stanford had also lived in San Francisco, on Nob Hill, where the Stanford Court Hotel is now located. In April, we have planned a tour of the Railroad Museum in old Sacramento. A related short movie is also part of that tour. One of the features of this exhibit is a completely restored dining room car. Other restorations include the great locomotives that chugged over the Sierra Nevada range. In May, we have scheduled a walking tour of Chinatown, sponsored by City Guides.

In June, we are looking forward to another Paul Cooney guided tour of the City, this time of Nob Hill. Those of you who had the pleasure of joining Paul for his guided tour of the Antique Victorians of Alamo Square recall with pleasure his encyclopedic knowledge of the area, as well as the relevance of his handouts. In addition to being a fellow Phi Bete, Paul is a key person in the San Francisco Library based City Guides program.

Please be on time for these tours, especially the walking tours, so you won’t be left behind.

Finally, please keep in mind Sunday, May 6, the date of our annual dinner at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club

Please check our Web site for any changes in programs.

Respectfully submitted, , First Vice President - Programs


Annual Asilomar Conference - February 16-19, 2007. See details below

Stanford HomeStanford Mansion Tour - Saturday, March 3, 2007

One of the truly historic sites of California history is located in the former home of Leland and Jane Stanford. As a result of the efforts of a foundation, formed to restore the home as it was in the 1860's and 1870's, we now have an opportunity to experience the home as the Stanfords knew it in their lifetime. Interactive exhibits, artifacts and an orientation film are part of the visitors' legacy. One may observe many of the original furnishings of the Stanfords, the polished wood paneling, gilded mirrors, and crystal chandeliers. Visitors are also welcome to stroll through the Victorian Garden surrounding the Mansion.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2007 Time: 1:00 PM
Deadline: February 21, 2007, Maximum number 50 Minimum number 10
Price: $15.00 Checks should be made payable to PBK NCA

Directions: Take I-80 east until reaching the Pioneer Bridge which crosses the Sacramento River. Take I-5 N exit toward Redding, and look for the Q Street exit. Take the latter exit, and continue all the way on Q Street until you reach Eighth Street. The Mansion is located on the corner of Eighth and N Street. For directions from your home, see Google Maps.

Location: 800 N Street, at the corner of Eighth and N Streets, in downtown Sacramento, two blocks west of the State Capitol. Enter through the gate on N Street, Follow the brick path to the Visitors Center at the rear of the property.
Parking on Saturday is said to be readily available, since State employees are not competing for parking on weekends.

On Saturday, March 31, The Phi Beta Kappa Society will be officially installing the new Pacific (Chi of California) chapter in Stockton.

The Installation will take place at 3:30 pm in Stockton on the University of the Pacific campus in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Professor Gregg Camfield will give the keynote address, “The Liberal Arts as Whack-a-Mole.”

The Installation will be followed by a reception at 5:00 in the Reynold’s Gallery, which is displaying Gregory Kondos, “Mount Olympus to the Pacific Rim.”

To help mark the occasion, the Pacific Humanities Center will be showing two films:
"Bob Roberts" on Thursday night (March 29) and "Almost Fiction" on Friday and Saturday nights (March 30-31).
Both show at 8:00 pm in the Pacific Theatre. Admission is $3 for faculty and staff, $5 for the general public.

We also wish to call attention to Pacific Opera Theater’s presentation of "L’incoronazione di Poppea" by Claudio Monteverdi, March 30, 8:00 pm, Long Theater, $15 adults, $8 students, $5 seniors. Tickets can be purchased through Pacific's box office or at the door.

Make it a long weekend of celebrating Pacific’s accomplishment!

For more information, email

Train MuseumRAILROAD MUSEUM TOUR IN OLD SACRAMENTO - Friday, April 20, 2007

All Aboard for the Railroad Museum! History buffs, and non-history buffs, you're all welcome! Come visit one of the renowned Museums in all of California, the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. Even those of you who have never experienced the fun of traveling on a Pullman car as a youngster, hauled by a steam locomotive chugging away, punctuated by the lonesome and haunting warning of the train as it approached automobile intersections, you'll love this visit to California's and America's past. With the advent of the transcontinental railroad, following the Gold Rush, the trials and tribulations of crossing the continent in a covered wagon became a thing of the past. The transcontinental railroad project took place largely during President Lincoln's administration, but the event was clearly overshadowed by the Civil War. (Lincoln, himself, had been an attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad).

The construction of the railroad was accompanied by many collateral events, including the importation of Chinese workers who played a vital and valuable road in its construction, the development of locomotives powerful enough to scale the mountain ranges of the great west, and the culmination of the joining of the two railroads, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, with the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah in 1869. (The Golden Spike National Historic Site is now part of the National Park Service).

Our tour begins with a movie, followed by a tour of the exhibits. The great locomotives of the past have been lovingly restored. Special features are the Pullman dining car and the Pullman sleeping car. Don't miss this tour!

Date: Friday, April 20 Time: 11 :00 AM Meeting Place: Lobby of the Railroad Museum, across from the Parking Lot, in Old Sacramento. The public parking garages located at either end of Old Sacramento are recommended over the on-street sites, which are limited to 90 minutes.
Directions: Directions are available here.

Another website is here

Minimum Number: 10 Maximum Number 50 Fee: $ 20.00

PBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner - Sunday, May 6, 2007

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 renew old acquaintances and meet and be inspired by the dedication and achievements of our scholarship and teaching excellence award winners.

Social hour begins at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at about 5 p.m. Choose between salmon, roast prime rib of beef, or vegetarian. No-host bar 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. You will note that there has been a slight fee increase this year, necessitated by our increased cost. Remember that the fee includes not only dinner but also wine, parking and gratuity.

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2007
Time: 4 – 8 pm

Deadline: Sunday, April 8, 2007
Price: $55.00 (includes parking)
Directions: The Faculty Club is on the campus of UC Berkeley (University Avenue exit off I-80). About a week before the dinner, registrants will be mailed a “Faculty Club notecard” that will include driving directions and a foldout campus map with parking instructions.

ChinatownChinatown Walking Tour, Saturday May 19, 2007

On the web at SFGate

What could be more San Franciscan than its Chinatown, the largest enclave of its kind outside of Asia? Come join us for a walking tour, led by a City Guide expert. We will visit the side streets and alleys of this colorful section of the City.

Learn about the family associations, the sewing shops, and other community organizations. Visit the live markets with their chickens and turtles, and the produce markets; view the famous Chinatown Gate, and check into some of the art galleries. Inquire of your guide regarding the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, and such fascinating Chinese style buildings as the Bank of America and the Bank of Canton.  Explore the shops offering a multitude of Chinese products. Check into the wide variety of Churches, and the better restaurants. City Guides are very well informed and welcome questions.

Date: May 19, 2007
Time: 11 AM

Place of assembly: Portsmouth Square (Washington and Kearny) upper level at flagpole near the elevators.
Minimum Number: 10
Maximum Number 25
Fee: $ 20.00 per person
Deadline for Registration: May 4, 2007

Traveling by Bart, get off at Embarcadero and either walk two short blocks via Drumm and Sacramento streets to the junction of Sacramento and Davis. Take a California 1 Bus to Portsmouth Square. Fares: Regular $1.50, Senior $0.50. Exact change needed.

By car, from the North, take 101 into the City where 101 becomes confluent with Van Ness, turn left into Clay Street and go up to Kearny. Portsmouth Square is at the junction of Clay and Kearny. Parking garages are available.

From the South, take 101 North to Van Ness, turn right on Clay and head toward Portsmouth Square at Kearny.

Cable Car - Nob HillNob Hill Walking Tour - Saturday, June 23, 2007

Come join our expert City Guide, and fellow Phi Bete, Paul Cooney, on a tour of San Francisco’s legendary site, Nob Hill. Famous hotels are to be found here, including the luxurious Huntington, the Fairmont, the Mark Hopkins, and the Stanford Court. Learn about the background of the men behind these institutions who amassed the wealth that enabled them to build these magnificent facilities. Other features include a great cathedral, the Pacific Club, and many other points of interest. Paul is a walking encyclopedia on the subject of San Francisco. He assures me that most of the walk is on a level surface, although it does involve one moderate grade. We will meet in front of the entrance to the Stanford Court Hotel. The hotel is on the corner of Powell and California, and the address is 905 California Street.

By car, from the north, take 101 South which runs along Lombard Street, continue on 101 by turning right into Van Ness; turn left on California Street. The hotel is on the corner of Powell and California, and the address is 905 California Street.

From the south, take 101 North to Van Ness, turn right on California, and follow the above directions from that point.
On-street parking is very difficult. There are several parking garages in the area. If one drives up Sacramento, a one way street, from Powell, one will note a public garage on the right hand side, very close to Mason. There is also a garage near the Huntington Hotel, the Crocker Garage. If you are feeling unusually lucky and must park on the street, take lots of quarters.

Coming from the East Bay on Bart, one could disembark at Embarcadero station, take the Drumm Street exit, and walk over to the intersection between Drumm and Davis, and catch a California 1 Muni which goes to Sacramento and Taylor. Taylor is just one block from Mason. Fares on the Muni system are $ 1.50 for adults under 65; 50 cents for seniors. Exact fare is required. Although one could take a Cable Car to Nob Hill, the fare is five dollars, and on Saturdays, the cable cars are crowded with tourists.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2007
Time: 11:00 AM-Please be on time for all walking tours. Don’t be left behind !

Deadline: May 23, 2007
Minimum number: 10; maximum number: 20.
Fee: $ 20.00 per person
Meeting Place: Front Entrance to Stanford Court Hotel, 905 California, on the corner of Powell and California

Audibon Canyon RanchTour of the Audubon Canyon Ranch: The Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, Saturday, July 7, 2007

Bolinas Lagoon Aerial
Click here for enlarged view. From SFgate.

The Bolinas Lagoon Preserve is a thousand acre sanctuary located on the lower portion of the Marin peninsula, above Stinson Beach. It consists of open hillsides, coastal scrub, grassland and chaparral, redwoods, stream ponds and freshwater march habitats. The Preserve supports a major nesting ground for herons and egrets, particularly the Great Blue Heroin and the Great and Snowy Egret. The Preserve is a part of the Audubon Canyon Ranch, founded in 1962 to save the nesting colony of egrets and herons. These beautiful birds nest each spring in the tops of tall redwood trees in Picher Canyon. In the nearby Lagoon and tidelands, they find food for their young and themselves. All sorts of wildlife in addition to the herons and egrets abound in the area. Although eight miles of hiking trails are available, facilities are also available for the less ambulatory among us. There are picnic tables; bring your brown bag lunch with you, and your camera and binoculars. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a charming area of our state; don’t miss it! Website:

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2007
Time: 11:00 AM

Deadline: June 23, 2007
Fee: $ 10.00

Location: Approximately 20 miles north of San Francisco

Directions: From the south and north:

Take Highway 101 north from San Francisco or south from San Rafael to the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard exit. Follow Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Northwest for about 21 miles to Olema. Turn left (south) on Highway 1, and follow for about 10 miles to Bolinas Lagoon. Preserve will be on the left approximately 1 mile further.

Minimum: 15
Maximum: +-25

Note: For some information about hiking in the Bolinas Lagoon, see

Lawrence Berkeley labTour of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory September 7, 2007

Come visit a world famous scientific and historic landmark, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Berkeley Lab is the home of the first cyclotron, invented by the Laboratory’s founding father and UC Berkeley’s first Nobel Laureate, Ernest O. Lawrence. Discover how the Laboratory, founded in the depths of the great depression, initially in a small wooden building, went on “from typewriter to cyclotron” to win a total of eleven Nobel prizes for its distinguished and brilliant staff. High on the hill overlooking the UC Berkeley campus (the view of the Bay is great), the Laboratory is the oldest of the US Department of Energy’s laboratories. Its annual budget exceeds $ 500 million dollars, and it employs 3,800 persons, including over 500 students. It is organized into a multitude of scientific disciplines. Next best to visiting the Lab in person, the full extent of its scope may be appreciated by pulling up its website at One of California’s most innovative and prestigious scientific institutions, it is well worth a visit  A two hour guided tour of the Berkeley  Laboratory has been arranged for us on Friday, September 7. We are to meet in downtown Berkeley and transported by bus  as a group to the Laboratory.

A map of the site, as well as directions, may be found at

Date: Friday, September 7, 2007
Time: 10 AM  Please be prompt!

 Fee: $ 10.00
 Deadline: August 24, 2007

Meeting site:
Corner of Center and Shattuck Streets, downtown Berkeley, adjacent to the Wells-Fargo Bank building at 2144 Shattuck.

Directions and Parking: If feasible, take Bart to the Downtown Berkeley station. The Wells-Fargo Bank building is a very short walking distance from the station.
If coming by car, bring lots of quarters to feed the parking meters. An alternate option is the public parking lot on Center Street, a short distance from Shattuck.
From the north, take US 101 South to the Richmond Bridge via I-580 East. Exit at University Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck.  The Wells Fargo main Building is at 2144 Shattuck, corner of Center Street and Shattuck.
From the Peninsula, take US 101 and cross Bay Bridge. Take the Berkeley exit,
enter I-80 North and take the University Avenue exit. As noted above, turn right on Shattuck. From the south, Take I-880 N and merge into I-580 W/I-80 E. Take university Avenue exit..

Minimum: 15
Maximum: 20

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