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Elizabeth Kathleen Culyba of Fairfax Station, a Monroe Scholar majoring in chemistry at the College of William and Mary, has been elected into the Alpha of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She was inducted into the society in Dec. 5 ceremony. Phi Beta Kappa, the premiere academic honor society in the United States, was founded by students at the College of William and Mary on Dec. 5, 1776.
Kevin Ferguson of Fairfax, a senior majoring in computer science, was a member of the Virginia Tech team that won first place at the 2003 Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Contest. The competition took place on Nov. 8, at Radford University. Sponsored by IBM, the contest drew 161 teams from 73 colleges in the universities competing throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Each three-member team had to solve a series of six to eight challenges designed to test creativity, computer programming skills and teamwork. Ferguson's team solved the most problems in the shortest time within the five hour time limit.
David Hodges, son of Thomas and Patricia Hodges of Burke, has been selected as a member of the Lynchburg College Wind Ensemble. Lynchburg College is a small private college in central Virginia. Hodges, a 2001 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School, is a junior computer science major.