Ms. Emma-Duffy-Comparone, a 2010 UNH graduate with majors in political science and English, and who was inducted into our chapter as a junior, is having great success getting her short fiction accepted/published in various venues. Most recently she has heard from the editors of The American Scholar, the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa journal of arts and letters, which plans to publish her short story “Sure, Fine,” in its spring edition.
She warns that the editors may still change the title, but she promises to let us know. Emma was one of the 2009 Edmund G. Miller prize winners for juniors (she had a 4.0 GPA) and won many other prizes and awards during her undergraduate years here. Bravo, Emma!
Susan Siggelakis, PBK President
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar
On October 18-19, in cooperation with the Physics Department, we hosted PBK visiting scholar, physicist Wick Haxton, from the University of California at Berkeley. During his two-day visit, Professor Haxton spent time visiting undergraduate classes in Physics, networking with Physics faculty and graduate students, and socializing with interested members of the UNH and Phi Beta Kappa community. He gave a very well attended public lecture on “The Origin of the Elements,” tracing the creation of more complex elements from the simplest nuclei formed in the first instants after the Big Bang.
Each year, in April, National PBK sends chapters a list of outstanding scholars in a variety of disciplines who are available for visits to campuses. The focus of the visits is on interaction with undergraduates and presentation of a lecture for the public. We send the list to the relevant UNH departments and if a department volunteers to help host a visit we send a request to National PBK.
National Writing Internship
Last spring we nominated successfully a UNH student to become a National PBK Writing Intern, Victor Adejuyigbe. Victor has been working on stories over the summer and this fall. Victor was initiated as a junior in 2012. This Writing Fellow program is a new initiative of the national PBK and we hope to continue our participation in future.