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Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico

Spring Meeting - April 19

Dear Members and Friends of the PBK Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico,

You are invited to join other members and friends of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico at our Spring 2015 meeting.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Time: 1:30-3:30 PM
Location:Stella's, 4646 50th Street (50th & Utica), Lubbock TX 79414
Speaker: Dr. Steve Presley, Director of the Bio-threat Response Laboratory at TTU

Steve Presley will talk to us about emerging, resurgent and neglected vector-borne diseases – those pesky diseases that humans and other animals cannot seem to shake. Steve and his team study a wide variety of diseases that are of particular importance to the people and wildlife of west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

Students, colleagues, and friends are welcome. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. After the featured talk, we will have a brief business meeting to discuss the PBK Triennial Council, endowment plans, and our High School Academic Excellence Award.

To allow us to order refreshments, please RSVP to Alice Young at alice.young@ttu.edu or (806) 470-9405.

For Association members who wish to pay their 2015 dues, please submit this form to

Edward Quitevis
Phi Beta Kappa Treasurer
4716 65th St.
Lubbock, TX 79414

Thank you, Alice


PBK Visiting Scholar: Dr. Ken Albala | March 9, 2015

5:00 PM, March 9, 2015
TTU International Cultural Center

Please join the Lambda of Texas chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society for a public reception and lecture by Dr. Ken Albala, Professor of History and Director of Food Studies, University of the Pacific. The reception will begin at 5:00 pm and Dr. Albala's lecture entitled "Is Food Art?" will start at 5:30 pm.

While we like to speak of food as a refined object of culture, cooking is usually not a university major like art or music. This talk will explore the unusual position of cooking among the arts, both refined and homey, and try to understand why it has remained lowly in status, despite celebrity chefs and temples of gastronomy. An argument will be made that cooking should be considered an art form since it is vital to life, not only super refined or expensive food, but every form of cooking.

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Is Food Art?

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PBK Visiting Scholar at TTU on February 13, 2014

To members and friends of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico:

Please join the TTU PBK chapter at 6PM on Thursday, February 13th for a special lecture by 2014 PBK Visiting Scholar Dr. Penelope Boston. Dr. Boston speaks about "The Planet Within: Caves from Earth to Mars and Beyond" at 6pm at the TTU International Cultural Center (601 Indiana), with a reception for attendees hosted by the TTU PBK chapter at 5pm. Dr. Boston is a renowned speleologist (cave scientist) at New Mexico Tech, the associate director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, and a founder of the Mars Underground. She focuses on possible ways to explore Mars, as well as ways to grow crops there. She also researches extremophiles, organisms that live in “extreme” environments of cold, hot, or acid.

2014-15 President

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A message from Association President, Dr. Mary Jane Hurst

Dear Fellow Phi Beta Kappans:

The annual meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico will be held on Saturday, October 5, in the private room of Stella's Restaurant, 4646 50th Street, Lubbock, Texas. Free refreshments (appetizers and desserts with iced tea, soda, or coffee) plus a cash bar will open at 1:30. The meeting will begin at 2:00. Guests are welcome.

Please see the attached Newsletter for meeting details and Association updates. Our October 5 annual meeting will feature a wonderful speaker, Mila Gibson, a commissioner on the Texas Commission for the Arts, and we may even hear some special music! We'll also elect officers and celebrate the successful conclusion of our scholarship fund drive.

Payment of annual or lifetime dues as well as donations to any Association endowments can be made using the attached form, or you can bring your check to the annual meeting. Sincere thanks go to all who have supported our Association and contributed to the endowments, especially during the fund drive over the past two years.

Mary Jane Hurst
Association President

West Texas - Eastern New Mexico PBK Association
Winner of The Phi Beta Kappa Society's
2012 Triennial Award for Best Association

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