Gettysburg College students elected to Phi Beta Kappa; photo gallery

Gettysburg College's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated new members April 7.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is perhaps the most widely recognized academic distinction in American higher education. The Gettysburg chapter, chartered in 1923, is one of 255 nationwide.

Thirty-five new members took a pledge, signed the chapter's historic Roll Book, and received certificates before an audience of faculty, staff, parents, and others in College Union Building Room 260. Twelve others were initiated this past fall; three more will be initiated at the upcoming Spring Honors Day.

The chapter's annual banquet followed, featuring a talk by political science Prof. Caroline Hartzell, a response from new member Lauren Schmidt, and a charge to the class by College President Janet Morgan Riggs, Class of 1977. Riggs is a member of the chapter.

The chapter elects five to ten percent of the senior class who have distinguished academic records and exhibit high moral character and intellectual curiosity.

Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the oldest Greek-letter society in America and exists to promote liberal learning, to recognize academic excellence, and to support and encourage scholars in their work.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Photos by Jim Hale

Posted April 12, 2010

Posted: Tue, 6 Apr 2010




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