April 25, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Junior guard Marissa Kastanek of the NC State women's basketball team has been accepted into the university's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest honors that students can earn at NC State University.
Kastanek has a 4.0 grade-point-average as a psychology major. She was named last month as the 2012 ACC Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and to the ACC All-Academic Team for the second-straight season.
She was named a 2012 second team Academic All-American this season as well. She joined third team honoree and teammate Kody Burke on the All-American team. NC State was the only Division I school to have more than one member on the three teams.
From Lincoln, Neb., Kastanek is also a standout on the basketball court, earning ACC Honorable Mention honors the last two years, and to the 2012 ACC All-Tournament first team.
She was the Wolfpack's leading scorer this past season, averaging 12.3 points. Kastanek also ranked among the top free throw and three-point shooters in the league in 2011-12.
The spring induction ceremony took place this past Sunday with Kastanek receiving her certificate from Dr. Maxine Atkinson, president of the NC State chapter.
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is this nation's oldest and best known society for recognition of academic excellence and scholarly achievement. Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest honors that students can earn at NC State University.
The purpose of Phi Beta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship, friendship, and cultural interests, and to support excellence and integrity in the pursuit of the liberal arts and sciences.
Zeta of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded at North Carolina State University on April 17, 1995. Establishment of Zeta Chapter reflects national recognition of the outstanding quality of the students, programs, and resources for undergraduate education in the arts and sciences at NC State.