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PHI BETA KAPPA DELAWARE VALLEY ASSOCIATION

Upcoming Events

Annual Membership Meeting & Election - Tue. October 11, 7:00 pm; virtual; no charge.

Book Club - "The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race" -  Thu. October 13, 7:00 pm; virtual; no charge.

Pennypack Park Nature Walk, Northeast Philadelphia - Sat. October 15, 10:30 am; in-person; no charge.

Mini TED Talks - What I Care About - Thu. November 3, 7:00 pm; virtual; no charge.

 

Movie Club - "Concrete Cowboy" - Thu. November 10, 7:00 pm; virtual; no charge.

Winterthur - Guided tour of Yuletide-decorated DuPont Mansion + Gallery tour of Jaqueline Kennedy Exhibition in the Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE - Sat. December 3, 10:30 am; in-person; fee.

 

Book Club - "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee:  Native America from 1890 to Present" -  Thu. December 8, 7:00 pm; virtual; no charge.

News Briefs

Key Connections 2022 - "Effective Networking for Career Success"

On Sept. 28, 2022, as part of the PBK Society's national "Key Connections" September initiative to reach out to recent PBK inductees, five PBK Delaware Valley members with established successful careers connected with recent PBK inductees from our region and discussed how to develop and optimize networking skills. After opening remarks by Doug Bobrow of JP Morgan Private Bank, small group breakout rooms were led by Doug, Heidi Gray-Devita of The 200% Company, Diane Roggen Sirull, Esq. of MUFG Bank, Margaret Bacheler of Angel Capital Association, and Brigid Connolly of Language Service Associates. 

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Annual Membership Meeting - 10/11/22

 

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley will be held virtually on Tuesday, October, 11, 2022, at 7:00 pm, to which all members are invited to attend and participate.  During the Annual Meeting, members will hear a recap of the past year's activities and finances, will give input to determine the coming year's plans, and elect all officers and Council members for the open Council seats.  The Annual Meeting agenda, the election slate, brief bios for candidates, and the link to join the virtual meeting will be sent to all members 15 days in advance of the Annual Meeting.

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PBK's Visited Mt. Cuba Center Gardens

On Sept. 10, 2022, PBK's and family/friends enjoyed a guided walking tour of the formal gardens, trial gardens, and forest trails at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE.  Mt. Cuba Center is on the former property of the Copeland family, one of the many DuPont descendants with a profound interest in gardens and the natural world. Mt. Cuba is particularly dedicated to native plant species for their benefits to the local ecology, supporting pollinators and the web of life intertwined by the evolutionary history of native plants with the soil organisms, birds, insects and animals supported therefrom. The group enjoyed a box lunch picnic after the tour.

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Latest in the series of "Mini TED-like Talks:  What I Care About"

 

On July 21, 2022, Shea Sandifer hosted and moderated this event, where three PBK DV members shared insights about topics they are engaged with. Gary Heidt, an experienced "educator's educator", spoke on "Curiouser and Curiouser: An Inquiry Driven Classroom", Rebecca Lowenstein-Harting, experienced working with overlooked non-traditional students committed to completing their schooling as adults, spoke on "The Invisible Literacy Crisis:  Addressing the Need for Adult Basic Education in Pennsylvania". Jill Dennin, current 2022 candidate for PA State Senate District 24, spoke on "Running for Office - What it Takes".  Each speaker took questions after their talk from the engaged and very appreciative audience. 

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PBK's Visited Grounds for Sculpture

As suggested by PBK DV Young Professional Jack Faulhaber and co-led by YP Brigid Connolly, on July 16, 2022, PBK's and family/friends enjoyed a 1.5 hr. guided walking tour of the outdoor sculptures and beautiful gardens at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township, NJ.  Grounds for Sculpture has almost 300 outdoor sculptures of all sorts, including representational and abstract creations, both static and wind-moving, as well as surprising life-size or larger, 3-D renderings of well-known paintings. After the tour, a number of the participants enjoyed an outdoor group lunch and good conversation at the Van Gogh Cafe.  Photographed in front of  "King Lear", Seward Johnson, 2009.

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Delaware Valley College & University PBK Chapters Announce 2022 Inductees

 

Local College & University Chapters in our PBK Delaware Valley 10-county area that have posted their 2022 newly elected PBK members following their spring PBK induction ceremonies include:  Rutgers University-Camden, Saint Joseph's University, Swarthmore College, the University of Delaware, the University of Pennsylvania, and Ursinus College.  Please click on each to see the proud new PBK members.

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