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Phi Eta Sigma Alumnus Spotlight: David Michael Lampton

David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, having also served as Dean of Faculty from 2004-2012. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, he is the author of many books. Dr. Lampton headed the China Studies programs at the American Enterprise Institute and at The Nixon Center (now The Center for National Interest), having previously worked at the National Academy of Sciences and having started his teaching career at Ohio State University. He has an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies, is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was the inaugural winner of the Scalapino Prize in July 2010 awarded by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is a Gilman Scholar at Johns Hopkins.

His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was published in January 2014. He consults with government, business, foundations, and is on the board of several non-governmental and educational organizations, including the Executive Committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Colorado College’s Board of Trustees. He was a fireman at Stanford University in his undergraduate days and was in the enlisted and officer ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve.

David received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. David was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon on May 6, 1965.

Phi Eta Sigma Members Honored with Phi Kappa Phi Awards

Phi Eta Sigma national scholarship honoree Laura Tenpenny is one of 51 recipients of a $5,000 Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She is pursuing a M.Sc. in gender, media, and culture at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Laura is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, having been inducted April 20, 2008. She received a $6,000 Charles Burchett Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship from Phi Eta Sigma National for the 2010-2011 academic year. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee. She is interested in serving disadvantaged women at a nonprofit or government agency, according to the Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

Another Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Scholar, Leah Barbera, received a $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant. She is a senior psychology major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She spent the fall term studying Swedish culture and politics at Karlstad University in Sweden. Leah received a $6,000 James E. Foy Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship from Phi Eta Sigma National for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Phi Eta Sigma congratulates these distinguished members on their Phi Kappa Phi awards!

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Phi Eta Sigma Celebrity Spotlight: Mary Barra

In January 2014, Mary Barra became the first female CEO of a major global automaker, General Motors. Prior to this, Mary was most recently Senior Vice President, Global Product Development since February 2011. Mary began her career with GM in 1980 as a co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She has held several engineering, human resources, staff, and management positions.

Mary received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1985 and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990. Mary was inducted into the General Motors Institute chapter of Phi Eta Sigma on November 11, 1981.

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Phi Eta Sigma Celebrity Spotlight: Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is best known for her lead role in the 1990’s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as for her portrayal of the young version of Bette Midler’s character in Beaches. She currently stars on CBS's The Big Bang Theory. Mayim’s character, Amy Farrah Fowler, is a neurobiologist, which corresponds to Mayim’s real-life educational pursuits. Mayim’s performance in The Big Bang Theory earned her Emmy Award nominations in 2012 and 2013 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Mayim authored Beyond the Sling, a book on holistic parenting, and Mayim’s Vegan Table, a cookbook of 100 of her favorite recipes.

Mayim received bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000 and also earned a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007. Mayim was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma at UCLA on April 28, 1996.

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Phi Eta Sigma Celebrity Spotlight: Erika Harold

Erika Harold, Miss Illinois 2002, was crowned Miss America 2003 on September 21, 2002, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at age 22.

Erika is currently an attorney at Meyer Capel, Champaign County Illinois’ largest law firm, and a Republican candidate for the 13th Congressional District seat in the state of Illinois. She also serves on the board of directors of Prison Fellowship, the national outreach to prisoners and their families. Additionally, Erika is a spokesperson for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree, a program that provides Christmas gifts to children who have an incarcerated parent. Athena International honored Erika as one of its 2011 Global ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients.

Erika received a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 2007. Inducted into the University of Illinois chapter of Phi Eta Sigma on March 3, 1998, Erika served as chapter president. She was also the 1999-2000 recipient of a Phi Eta Sigma National Distinguished Member Scholarship, the Gaylord F. Hatch Endowed Scholarship.

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Phi Eta Sigma Celebrity Spotlight: Alan Kazdin

Alan Kazdin is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic ( Alan’s research has focused primarily on the treatment of aggressive and antisocial behavior in children. His approximately 700 publications include 49 books that focus on interventions for children and adolescents, cognitive-behavioral treatment, parenting and child rearing, and interpersonal violence. Additional information can be found on his website,

In 2008, Alan was named president of the American Psychological Association. His work on parenting and child rearing has been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS, BBC, and he has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News, 20/20, The Dr. Phil Show, and the Today Show.

He received a B.A. degree in psychology from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from Northwestern University. Alan was inducted into the San Jose State College chapter of Phi Eta Sigma on November 9, 1964.

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Executive Committee Meeting in Philadelphia

At the end of May, members of the Phi Eta Sigma Executive Committee gathered in Philadelphia for their off-convention-year meeting. The national officers, at-large adviser members, and student members of the Committee discussed numerous topics regarding the Society’s operations. They assessed the actions and recommendations from the 2012 national convention and made plans for the 2014 national convention in Charleston, South Carolina. Most impressive were the insights and work ethic of the three student members as they shared ideas, made motions, presented proposals for the upcoming convention, and volunteered for various projects.

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