September 2002 Newsletter
Dear Fellow Phi Betes:
This is my first letter to the membership as President of the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association. I am honored to serve you and I have enjoyed meeting those of you who have participated in our various social events and fund-raising activities. We have so many bright, clever, curious, accomplished members who love to ask questions and learn something new. Year after year, one way or another, our members provide the funds that enable our Association to meet its goals of awarding scholarships to exceptional graduate students, and offering honorariums to recognize professors whose passion for teaching inspires a love of learning in their students.
This past year at our Annual Meeting in May we awarded scholarships in the amount of $3700 to nine Phi Beta Kappa students pursuing graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines. The awardees were Sarah Benor, Linguistics, Stanford; Elena Berg, Animal Behavior, UC Davis; Karen Carney, Biogeochemistry, Stanford; Amy Freund, Art History, UC Berkeley; Susanna Paltz, Psychology, UC Berkeley; Roopali Phadke, Asian and Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz; Max Viatori, Anthropology, UC Davis; Deborah Weiss, Anthropology, UC Davis; and Timothy Yu, English, Stanford.
The four distinguished professors who each received a Teaching Excellence certificate and $500 stipend were Michelle Fillion, Professor of Music, Mills College; H. Bradley Shaffer, Professor of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis; Alan Taylor, Professor of History, UC Davis; and Steven Vogel, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley. (Did you attend college at Santa Clara University, Stanford, Mills College, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, or San Francisco State University? Do you still have fond memories of your favorite professor? If so, stop and take time this year to fill out the "Teaching Excellence Nomination Form".)
The new Board was elected at the May Annual Meeting. Although Bob Baronian is leaving the Board, having honorably served these last several years first as 2nd VP, Scholarships, then as President and then as Immediate Past President, he assures me that he is available whenever needed for advice and assistance. Retired Board members do sometimes get called back for active duty. Gordon Repp will be coming out of retirement to lead the effort to produce our triennial membership directory, which will be published this year. The new name and face on the Board this year is Steve Kaufhold, 1st VP, Programs. Steve is both outgoing and energetic and is developing a whole spreadsheet of ideas for great PBK NCA tours and events. Check out the events he has already booked. Jacqueline Celenza shifts chairs to Immediate Past President. I will look to her often for direction and counsel. The other dedicated members of the Board retain the same positions they held so ably and effectively last year: Muriel Bell, 2nd VP, Scholarships; Letitia Sanders, 3rd VP, Membership; Jean James, Corresponding Secretary; Maria Norall, Recording Secretary; Leon Fisher, Teaching Excellence Chair; Mary Turner Gilliland, Treasurer; Gerry Richards, Newsletter Editor; and Julia Antoniades, Chapter Liaison Chair. Jean James is doing double duty by also serving as Asilomor Coordinator. Please see the superb program she has put together for President’s weekend 2003. The prestige of our annual Asilomar Conference is of such note, that the national Phi Beta Kappa Society is using our conference as one of the venues for a nationwide series of forums they are conducting to address the question of the social value of liberal education in America. Maria Norall is being specially trained by the national PBK Society to serve as recorder for our forum.
The Board looks to you, our members, for your support and participation in what promises to be a year of challenging opportunities and exciting events.
Person making a reservation MUST BE a Phi Beta Kappa Member, but need not be a member of the Northern California Association.
Thank you to all the members who signed up for one or more of last year’s PBK NCA sponsored activities.
I hope all those who participated found the events enjoyable and educational. Many thanks to Mary Hanel for the
great job she did with activities for the past two years.
Marine Mammal Center
Located in lovely Sausalito, the Marine Mammal Center (MMC) is nationally recognized as a leading rescue and rehabilitation center for marine mammals. The MMC's specially-trained crews rescue more marine mammals in distress -- including seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins and sea otters -- than any other organization in the world. This experience places MMC at the forefront of marine mammal rehabilitation, scientific inquiry and education. Please join your fellow Phi Betes (and guests) at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2002 for an informative and educational hour-long lecture on the MMC's work and a tour of the MMC facility. Allow some extra time after the lecture to visit the MMC gift shop or to walk along the scenic Rodeo lagoon which is located across the road from the MMC.
Date: October 19, 2002
Deadline: October 12, 2002
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Price: $7.00 per person
Directions: Marine Mammal Center, Marin Headlands, 1065 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. From North of the Golden Gate Bridge: Take the last Sausalito exit off Highway 101, just before the Golden Gate Bridge. At the exit stop sign, turn left. Follow directions in next paragraph. From South of the Golden Gate Bridge: Just after you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, take the second exit off Highway 101 at Alexander Avenue (after the Vista Point). Stay to your left and follow the signs for Highway 101 South (this will bring you under the freeway to the other side). Follow directions below.
Just before the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge, look for Conzelman Road on your right with signs for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Marin Headlands. Conzelman Road will be the only road going uphill within sight of the freeway. Turn right onto Conzelman Road. Follow this road until it forks at McCullough Road. Turn right at the fork onto McCullough Road, heading downhill. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Bunker Road. Follow Bunker Road for approximately 3 miles. Ignore various forks to the left; always bear to the right to make sure you stay on Bunker Road. Rodeo lagoon is your next landmark. About halfway alongside the lagoon, the road forks and you will see a sign on your right hand side for The Marine Mammal Center. Bear right, up the hill. Soon you'll see a small driveway heading uphill on your right with The Marine Mammal Center's sign displayed. You have arrived. Park where "visitor parking" is indicated.
Years in the making and located on the banks of the Napa river in downtown Napa, COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts opened to the public on November 18, 2001 and is already viewed as one of the world's leading cultural centers. COPIA was conceived of in 1988 by the legendary vintner Robert Mondavi and his wife Margrit Biever Mondavi together with other leaders in the wine-making community. Its trustees and honorary trustees include luminaries from the world of wine, food and art such as Julia Child, R.W. Apple, Jr., Eleanor Coppola, Hugh Johnson, Robert Parker, Jr., Martha Stewart, Alice Waters and Wayne Thiebaud. COPIA features demonstrations, exhibits and performances that integrate the arts with the pleasures of food and wines.
Please join us for a very special visit to COPIA on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. The visit will begin with a one-hour, private, guided tour of COPIA which will include an overview of the facilities, the current exhibitions and the 16 different organic gardens that together comprise the 3.5 acres of gardens at COPIA. Our visit will include general admission to COPIA and, following the private tour, you will be free to explore the grounds and exhibits in more depth. Also open to the public is COPIA's special gift shop, Cornucopia, which offers autographed cookbooks, garden implements, and artwork. In addition to all of the dining options located in the surrounding Napa Valley, you also may choose to visit Julia's Kitchen or the American Market Cafe which are located on-site at COPIA.
Date: November 2, 2002
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Deadline: October 25, 2002
Price: $18.00 per person
Directions: COPIA, 500 First Street, Napa. From the Golden Gate Bridge: Take Hwy 101 North. Take Hwy 37 east toward Napa. Take Hwy 121-12 toward Sonoma. Veer right at stoplight to remain on 121-12. Take Hwy 29 north. Exit First Street and turn right. Veer right then turn left onto Second Street. Follow Second to the end and turn left onto Main Street. Turn right on First Street. Go 4 blocks to 500 First Street. From the Bay Bridge: Take I-80 east. Take Hwy 37 west toward Napa. Take Hwy 29 north. Exit right at Lake Berryessa/Downtown Napa (this becomes Soscol Avenue). Turn right on First Street and go 2 blocks to 500 First St. From Sacramento: Take I-80 west. Take Hwy 12 toward Napa/Sonoma. Turn right on Hwy 29. Exit right at Lake Berryessa/Downtown Napa (this becomes Soscol Avenue). Turn right on First Street - go 2 blocks to 500 First St.
Chabot Space & Science Center
The Chabot Space & Science Center offers a wide variety of exhibits, shows and films exploring space and science at its state-of-the-art facility in the Oakland Hills. The Center offers a hands-on glimpse into the sights, sounds and sensations of space and science and its major attractions include the Center's Planetarium featuring laser technology and the MegaDome Theater which has the Bay Area's only 70 mm, 8-perf, projection system. Please join us on Saturday, December 7, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon of fun and learning at the Center. Our visit will begin with a brief welcome/orientation to the Center's exhibits and facilities and will include general admission to the Center. Also included in our visit will be admission to the Center's Planetarium and admission to a film at the MegaDome Theater. The Center has agreed to permit individual guests in our group to view the Center's exhibits, the Planetarium and MegaDome Theater in the sequence that they prefer and shows will be available throughout the afternoon. The Center's Celestial Cafe will be open and the Center also has a gift shop with fun and educational items.
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2002
Time: 1 p.m.
Deadline: November 25, 2002
Price: $20.00 per person
Directions: Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. in Joaquin Miller Park. From downtown Oakland, or San Francisco: Go east on I-580 to Highway 24 (towards Walnut Creek). From 24, go south on Highway 13 (Warren Freeway) towards Hayward. Take the Joaquin Miller/ Lincoln Avenue exit. Turn left and proceed up the hill on Joaquin Miller to the crest, then turn left at the signal onto the two-lane portion of Skyline Blvd. Chabot Space & Science Center is 1.3 miles up Skyline on the right. From eastern Berkeley, Orinda etc.: Go south on Highway 13 (Warren Freeway) towards Hayward. Take the Joaquin Miller/ Lincoln Avenue exit. Turn left and proceed up the hill on Joaquin Miller to the crest, then turn left at the signal onto the two-lane portion of Skyline Blvd. Chabot Space & Science Center is 1.3 miles up Skyline on the right. From Hayward, Castro Valley: Go west on I-580 and take the Highway 13 (Warren Freeway) turnoff. Take the Joaquin Miller/Lincoln Avenue exit. Turn right, and proceed up the hill on Joaquin Miller to the crest, then turn left at the signal onto the two lane portion of Skyline Blvd. Chabot Space & Science Center is 1.3 miles up Skyline on the right.
About the Asilomar Conference Center
Asilomar was designed by Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle
Read more about Julia Morgan
Mark your calendars now and plan to spend Presidents' Day Weekend with Phi Beta Kappa at lovely
Asilomar in Pacific Grove. It will be especially easy to remember the dates of our retreat this year, as we start
on Valentine's Day, February 14, and end on Monday, February 17. If you've never heard of Asilomar, or have never
been there before, Asilomar is a state conference center in Pacific Grove, a small enclave between Monterey and
Carmel. This year's Presidents' Day weekend will be PBK NCA's seventeenth consecutive Asilomar experience. Our
retreat / conference always begins with dinner Friday evening and ends with lunch on Monday. During the long weekend,
we provide a mix of interesting, thought-provoking speakers and activities, as well as ample free time to enjoy
the lovely seaside atmosphere. People who work sometimes come late and leave early. It is even possible to "skip"
some programs, as no one takes attendance or gives exams. And because some of you wanted to know: Dress is very
Map of Asilomar Conference Area. Also directions and travel time from your home.
Call for Nominees - Click for the Nomination Form
The winners for 2001-2002 were:
From April through June the Northern California Universities with PBK Chapters initiate new members.
These chapters (Mills College, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State, Stanford, and Santa Clara)
agree to include PBK NCA information and membership forms in their welcome packets for the initiates. A variety
of PBK NCA members are needed to participate as our representatives at the initiations next spring. If you are interested in being our representative at a Chapter Initiation Ceremony, please contact me.
One of my other volunteer activities is with The American Legion’s California Boys’ State program.
Most California high schools select delegates from the junior class for academic and leadership abilities. Local
Legion Posts pay for their participation at Sacramento State University in early June. The program gives the boys
practical experience in state and local government. This year some boys prepared a five to ten minute speech about
how the events of 11 September 2001 changed their understanding of "patriotism." I was one of the judges
selecting the five boys that made presentations to the entire 924 boys in general assembly. All the presentations
moved me but there is one boy’s story in particular I wish to share. This boy told us he was born in China and
his family immigrated to Mexico when he was quite young. After living in Mexico long enough to attend school a
few years, the family immigrated to the US. This boy became confused about his identity. He looked Chinese but
spoke better Spanish and English than any Chinese dialect. However, the day after the attack on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, he knew he was an American. For the first time in his life, he felt included. I know others
have experienced exclusion because of the attack but some people have experienced inclusion. This boy was one of
them and it made a big difference in his life.