September 2003 Newsletter
Dear Fellow Phi Betes:
A greeting to all as our Association begins its new fiscal year. Much to my delight, all the members of last year's hardworking, congenial and dedicated Board have returned to support me and to serve you. I am pleased to report on the successes of the year just completed. We experienced a slight growth in membership. We published a membership directory. We sent a PBK NCA representative to most of the PBK initiation ceremonies held on Northern California campuses with PBK chapters. Thanks to arrangements made by Chapter Liaison Julie Antoniades I had the pleasure of attending both the UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University initiation ceremonies. We offered a dozen social events, including ten enjoyable and educational tours, our fabulous Asilomar Conference, and our Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club. At the Awards Banquet, thanks to you -- through your membership dues, monetary contributions and participation in our fundraising events -- we were able to award eight scholarships and five teaching excellence awards.
The scholarships, $4000 each, went to Jorge Jose Bravo III, Arianne J. Chernock, Hsuan Lin Hsu, Elaine K. Musgrave, Eric Schnell, Shelby Wynn Schwartz, Kevin Chun-Kai Wang, and Boris Yanislav Wolfson. See more information under Scholarship. In the November issue of this newsletter watch for brief profiles on each of these students. These students are exceptional. They are also very grateful for the scholarships they have received from us. Burt and Maria Norall provided the funds for the scholarship that went to Elaine Musgrave. She wrote them a lovely thank you letter. Quoting from her letter: "Right now, this award represents to me direct assistance and real encouragement for my research. But the scholarship also connects me to a tradition of generous commitment to education and community involvement that I want to continue". Scholarship Chair Muriel Bell recently received a letter from Vikram Jaswal, a 2001 PBK NCA scholarship awardee. Quoting from his letter: "I will shortly graduate from Stanford with my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, and will be moving to take up an assistant professorship at the University of Virginia. Before leaving, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and the other members of PBK again for the generous award".
The Teaching Excellence honorariums, $500 each, went to Alexander Aiken, Margaret Conkey, Scott Gronert, Caroline M. Kane, and Eve Sweetser. Look for more information on these professors in the November newsletter. The awards meant a great deal to the professors. Teaching Excellence Committee Chairman Leon Fisher received grateful messages from both Professor Conkey and Professor Sweetser. UC Berkeley Professor Conkey had received a PBK NCA Teaching Excellence Award several years ago. Quoting from her letter of appreciation: "I just wanted.to again say thank you to you and the committee for selecting me as a recipient for the Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Teaching Excellence Award.I am doubly honored and humbled. Thank you again for your thoughtful attention to this important award.".
From August 6-10, Jean James and I attended the 40th Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council in Seattle, Washington. See our report on page 5.
Finally, we hope you will consider participating in Asilomar and some of the other special activities that you will find described in this newsletter. We greatly appreciate your support and participation in our 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. We hope all those who participated found the events both enjoyable and stimulating. Steve Kaufhold is returning as First Vice President Programs. He managed to book two programs before getting married and leaving for his honeymoon. To help him out at this busy time, Jean James and Mary Hanel are each hosting a program as well. Be sure to sort your coupons and note to whom each coupon is to be mailed.
Those of you who have participated in our outings are aware of our enrollment, refund and cancellation policies. However, I will summarize for "first-timers" and new members. Most events can accommodate you and any friends or family you would like to bring. Occasionally an event will have a limited enrollment, in which case we can only accommodate one member and one guest per enrollment. As for refunds, if you call in advance they are usually available unless PBKNCA will lose scholarship money, i.e., if we are financially committed to an organization at which the event will be held, based on your enrollment, and we cannot find someone to fill your space. No one who is a "no-show" will receive a refund and the PBKNCA Board is most grateful to those who prefer to donate the program fee to the scholarship fund in lieu of a refund.
The descriptions of events follow. No confirmations or additional details will be sent; be sure to save your newsletter or reference to this web site.
Second Vice-President, Programs
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Art lovers agree that the treasures of the Asian Art Museum now have a fitting home in The City's former Main Library which has been handsomely renovated. The Museum's collection spans over 6,000 years of history and is comprised of nearly 15,000 treasures. Please join us for a private guided tour of the Museum's permanent collection on October 11, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. After our tour, you will be free to explore the Museum in greater depth on your own. The cost for the Asian Art adventure is $16.00 per person. We must receive your reservations by October 4, 2003.
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2003
Directions: The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is located at 200 Larkin Street (between Fulton and McAllister) From the East Bay: Take exit 9th Street/Civic Center, stay on 9th Street which turns into Larkin Street. Go two blocks and the Museum will be on your right. From the Peninsula: Take 101 and exit at 9th Street/Civic Center. Follow 9th Street which turns into Larkin Street. Go two blocks and the Museum will be on your right. From the North Bay: From Golden Gate Bridge, take Doyle Drive to Lombard Street. Follow Lombard to Van Ness Avenue. Turn left at McAllister and go two blocks to Larkin.
Map to Asian Art Museum
The San Mateo County Historical Association houses its unique collections in the Old County Courthouse in Redwood City. The building boasts beautiful interiors with a mosaic tile floor, a grand stairway, rotunda, and a jewel-like, stained glass dome. This stained glass dome is the largest of its kind in a public building on the West Coast. Our group will enjoy a private 60-minute tour of the building and its collections. Following are examples of the exhibits we will tour. "Nature's Bounty" tells the story of the Ohlone Indians and how subsequent settlers have used natural resources. "Journey to Work" exhibits the vehicles and modes of transportation used on the peninsula and in travel to San Francisco. "Ships of the World" showcases about 20 model ships, from California's Spanish era through World War II, all painstakingly handcrafted from the actual historic plans of the ships by Charles Parsons, who now lives in San Carlos. In historic "Courtroom A", we will learn about early judges and famous cases that made headlines on the peninsula and in San Francisco.
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2003
Deadline: October 27, 2003
Time: 11:00 am
Price: $ 8.00 per person
Directions: San Mateo County History Museum, Old County Courthouse, 777 Hamilton Street, Redwood City. From San Francisco: Take 101 South, exit Whipple Ave. Go forward, the street will change its name to Veterans Blvd. Turn right on Middlefield Road. Turn right on Marshall St. Turn left on Hamilton St. From San Jose: Take 101 North, exit Whipple Ave. Turn left on Whipple Ave. Turn left on Veterans Blvd. Turn right on Middlefield Rd. Turn right on to Marshall St. Turn left on Hamilton St.
In 1988, legendary vintner Robert Mondavi, with his wife Margrit Biever Mondavi and other leaders in the wine community, began to explore the idea of creating a small institution to celebrate American achievements in the culinary and winemaking arts. The idea attracted others, including key institutions involved in wine and food excellence, and soon the University of California at Davis, the Cornell University School of Restaurant and Hotel Administration and The American Institute of Wine & Food were lending their vision and resources as partners.
The result is COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts. Located on 12 beautiful acres along the Napa River, COPIA is a major non-profit cultural institution devoted to exploring the interrelationships of food, wine and the arts.
Please join us on November 8, 2003 at 11:00 for a private guided tour of COPIA. The cost of this tour (which includes general admission to COPIA) is $20.00 per person and the deadline for reservations is November 1, 2003.
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2003
Time: 11:00 am
Deadline: November 1, 2003
Price: $20.00 per person
Directions: COPIA, 500 First St, 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 St and turn right. Veer right then turn left on Second St. Follow Second to the end and turn left on Main St. Turn right on First St. Go four blocks to 500 First, Napa. 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 Ave). Turn right on First St and go 2 blocks to 500 First. 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 Ave). Turn right on First St - go 2 blocks to 500 First.
San Francisco Christmas Walk
Do you think of Christmas decorations in San Francisco as Macy's windows and Union Square? Are you suburban types longing for an adventure? Then you are in for a treat. Please plan to join us for a guided tour of the San Francisco holiday scene you have probably never before experienced. Tom Filcich, who regularly leads walking tours of San Francisco for the College of Marin, will be our guide to places most of us never see - at least not during the holidays. We plan to meet under the clock tower at the Ferry Building at 10 a.m. During our three-hour walking tour, we will explore the new Ferry Building, visit hotel lobbies, and see business decorations that you never dreamed existed. We will end our tour with lunch, at your own expense, at the San Francisco center, which offers a variety of choices and prices - not to mention shopping opportunities. After that, you are on your own to shop or return home at your leisure. The cost is $18 per person and our group is limited to 30 people. Dust off your comfortable walking shoes and plan to join us on Friday, December 5, 2003 for a holiday experience you will not soon forget.
Date: Friday, December 5, 2003
Time: 10:00 am
Deadline: November 3, 2003 (limited to 30 participants)
Price: $18.00 per person
Directions: Ferry Building Clock Tower, Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street, San Francisco. The Ferry Building is best reached using public transportation. Marinites can take the 9:15 Larkspur Ferry. Those with access to BART or MUNI can take either to the Embarcadero Station. The historic trolley cars (Line F Market) stop directly in front of the Ferry Building. If you must drive, there are parking lots at the north end of the Ferry Building at Pier ½ and the Pier 3 Washington at Embarcadero Lot. There is limited metered parking on area surface streets. There is also a reasonably priced parking lot at Bay and Embarcadero near Pier 33 but you will have a bit of a hike to the Ferry Building.
Take public transportation - information here
About the Asilomar Conference Center
Asilomar was designed by Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle
Read more about Julia Morgan
Note that our Asilomar Conference now has a special URL www.asilomar.pbknca.org
Additional directions To Asilomar from the California parks
*** We had a wonderful time in 2003. Read more about the event...
The 2003 recipients are:
, Teaching Excellence Chair
Mary Hanel and Jean James, along with our Association Past President and outgoing Western District Chair Mel Shattuck, recently returned from four days of meetings and discussions in Seattle with Phi Beta Kappa chapter and association delegates from all over the United States. Mel Shattuck presided over a Western District meeting at which Mary Hanel served as Secretary. John Churchill, Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, made a special point to compliment Mel on his hard work for the Society and hopes to find ways to use Mel's myriad talents. (So do we!) Jean James was a panelist for a workshop on fundraising ideas for associations.
This gathering occurs every three years and is an opportunity to experience the politics and personalities affecting the Society's management, to vote for PBK Senators and to ratify Committee recommendations as to which additional colleges should be given the right to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. These newly approved chapters are Alfred University, Eckerd College, SUNY Geneseo, Roanoke College, St. Michael's College, University of San Diego, Texas A & M at College Station, and Valparaiso University.
Delegates constantly reminded us about how special our Association is, as we repeatedly encountered delegates who remarked: "Oh, your Society is so active. How do you do it?" We don't do it; it is our dedicated Board and our generous members who make us such an outstanding organization.
Representing PBK NCA as delegates to the Triennial Council was an honor to us both.