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Wednesday, OCT 21, 6PM PBKNCA Member's Stories #4 "What Are Some of Our Younger PBKNCA Members Up To In Their Lives?"

Sunday, May 2, 2021: PBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

PBKNCA Book Clubs welcome new members

In light of the public health recommendations to increase social distancing and reduce the incidence and spread of COVID-19, Phi Beta Kappa Northern California is suspending all in person events and meetings for the foreseeable future. O'Neil has come up with a number of online events that sound exciting. If you agree, we would appreciate a contribution to the Scholarship fund

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Ms. Patricia Kenber VP Membership PBKNCA
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Danville CA 94526-4001

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6PM PBKNCA Member's Stories #4 "What Are Some of Our Younger PBKNCA Members Up To In Their Lives?"

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Meeting ID: 980 5223 6194 
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Wesley Park, Leslie Marie Brownlee and Claire Coleman are up to some very interesting things during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health, academia, and local government, as well as how they are responding to these unique challenges in their personal and professional lives. This program will be an exciting opportunity for all PBKNCA members who want to learn about the lives and careers of young Phi Betes during this unprecedented time. We invite you to bring your own beverage of choice to this happy hour conversation.

Wesley ParkWesley Park is a community-based case manager and psychiatric rehabilitation counselor who provides mental health services for the underserved chronically homeless and justice-involved communities of San José. Wesley is a recent recipient of the Community Solutions Essential Worker Award for his continued service to this vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing in-person patient support for psychotic episodes, manic episodes, dependent adult abuse, evictions, hospitalizations, and incarcerations. In 2019, Wesley graduated with Highest Honors from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Philosophy as well as a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In his free time, Wesley enjoys thinking about the meaning of life and practicing recurve archery as a form of mindfulness.
Leslie Marie BrownleeLeslie Marie Brownlee is a second year Ph.D. student at UC Davis with a focus in 19th century American literature and transcendentalism. She is currently exploring intersections between transcendentalism and race politics in the United States, and recently presented a paper entitled, “The Hydrologic Cycle and Emerson’s Response to Racism,” on a panel with the Emerson society. Leslie has written a memoir entitled, “Saint’s Song, or My Body in Place,” that she hopes to publish soon. After earning her Ph.D., she hopes to begin a career in academia, teaching and hopefully mentoring other students of color. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog and camping in the mountains.

Claire ColemanClaire Coleman is an Analyst for Management Partners, a local government consulting firm, where she works on a variety of projects for local government agencies including fiscal sustainability models and strategic planning. A native of Davis, CA, Claire graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College, with a double-major in Economics and Russian Studies. Previously, she worked for a tech startup and a transportation company. Claire is the Chair of the PBKNCA Young Professionals subcommittee and enjoys the outdoors in her free time.

Bancroft HotelSunday, May 2, 2021: ΦBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, 12:00 Noon

Because of the official directives concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, we had found it necessary to cancel our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley. But we have videos of the brief talks that the awardees would have given! The Scholarship recipients are available here and the Teaching Excellence recipients are here

Although we regret not being able to meet and hear our scholarship and teaching excellence award winners (not to mention missing the opportunity to see old friends again), the good news is that we have already made a reservation with the Bancroft for next year. Those of you who really plan ahead can already mark your calendars, keeping this date open: Sunday, May 2, 2021. By that time we hope this current pandemic will be only a distant memory. Location: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley Directions: click here

Email Jean James at with questions about the upcoming Annual Luncheon

PBKNCA Book Clubs welcome new members.  If you wish to join one, e-mail oneilsdillon@gmail.combooks