Alumna, seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa

May 07, 2008

Alumna Gloria Phillips-Wren was inducted with 37 graduating seniors into the McDaniel College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at a May 4 ceremony held on campus.

She graduated summa cum laude in 1971 with a dual major in Mathematics and English and a minor in Education, and a member and student officer of the Argonauts, the College’s original honor society founded in 1935 and superseded by formation of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 1980. Her diverse activities as an undergraduate, ranging from working on the student newspaper to playing volleyball and basketball to representing Sigma Sigma Tau on the Intersorority Council, earned her the Mary Ward Lewis Prize, an award that annually recognizes “best all-around college woman.”

Since 2001, Phillips-Wren is a member of the Loyola College (MD) faculty where she teaches courses at the undergraduate, graduate and executive level in Information Systems, Web Technologies, Global IT and Data Mining and Business Intelligence. She is founder and co-editor-in-chief of Intelligent Decision Technologies: An International Journal and chair of the Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Engineering Systems Focus Group in Intelligent Decision Technologies.

Phillips-Wren has authored or co-published three books; seven book chapters; more than 100 research papers, including journals and government publications; and numerous proceedings on real-time and intelligent decision support systems, modeling and simulation, data mining, intelligent agents in decision making, global IT issues and applications of intelligent systems. Her most recent book, “Intelligent Decision Making: An AI-Based Approach,” was published in February 2008.

Prior to teaching at Loyola, Phillips-Wren worked in engineering for the defense industry and estimates that she has probably held every position that her students hold now—from project development to management, traveling internationally and always juggling the demands of work, family and school.

Phillips-Wren’s research, as well, is one of international perspective. She actively collaborates with a group whose members hail from such countries as Australia, Chile, France, Mexico, and the UK. In particular, her research on intelligent decision technologies frequently taps into a global community that is collectively looking at the most contemporary issues of this multi-disciplinary field.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.  It has chapters at 276 colleges and universities, and over 600,000 members.

Students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa are:
Gregory Ludington Adams  Silver Spring, MD
Lauren Rebecca Beam  Damscus, MD
Katherine Keene Becker  Apex, NC
Jessica Ann Carlozo   Fallston, MD
Meghan Julia Carlton   Lititz, PA
Melanie Soo Chupein   Baltimore, MD
Virginia Elizabeth Dale  Middletown, PA
Chanan LeAnn Delivuk  Glen Burnie, MD
Andrew Edward Dillehay  Crofton, MD
Zeynep Esendemir   Baltimore, MD
Amanda Marie Franklin  Westminster, MD
Sarah Elizabeth Free   Thurmont, MD
Christine Michelle Frieman  Bel Air, MD
Corey Patrick Graybill  Littlestown, PA
Robbin Corliss Gregg   Oakland, MD
Michael Warren Habegger  Selinsgrove, Pa
Julie Christine Hill   Fairfax, VA
Brittany Leigh King   Baltimore, MD
Maria Rose Lathroum   Linthicum, MD  
Christopher Alan Martin  Sykesville, MD
Erin Nicole McCartin (Bosley) Baltimore, MD
Megan Patricia Millhausen  Arnold, MD
Timothy Michael Neeson  Ashton, PA
Courtney Michelle Novotny  Latrobe, PA
Rachel Meredith Oxman  Newington, CT
Emily Jean Paull   McSherrystown, PA
Diana Kay Rosemier   Damascus, MD
Christine Lynn Sansone  Ellicott City, MD
Katie Ashley Saris   Mt. Airy, MD
Cori Lynn Simpson   Westminster, MD
Rachel Hannah Smith   Westminster, MD
Alaina Marie Terrell   Salisbury, MD
Jonathan Arjay Teter   Mahanoy City, PA
Kristen Leigh Warfield  Ellicott City, MD
Kayla Lynne Wiles   Hanover, PA
Marina Lynn Wilson   Hampstead, MD
Jeffrey Stephen Zuback  Finksburg, MD