Phi Beta Kappa Hosts Darwin Expert

SALEM, Va. - The Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Roanoke College is hosting a lecture in celebration of its charter week this year.  Dr. Duncan Porter, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech and Charles Darwin expert, will speak on "The Evolution of Charles Darwin." The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colket Center's Pickle Lounge.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in 1776 and is the nation's oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization. There are 270 chapters in the United States, including 13 chapters in Virginia. Each state's chapters are designated with a letter from the Greek alphabet to indicate where the chapter fits chronologically. Roanoke's chapter is Nu of Virginia. Phi Beta Kappa has more than a half-million members across the country.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: February 26, 2009
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu