The Phi Beta Kappa Society advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.
Randolph-Macon College’s Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society held its
annual banquet and initiation ceremony on April 22, 2011. Twenty-eight new members
were inducted into the Society during the ceremony, which was attended by family,
friends, faculty and staff.
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The President of the Zeta of Virginia chapter, R-MC Psychology Professor Susan Parker,
welcomed the inductees and their guests to the banquet in Estes. Following words
from Provost William Franz, the banquet concluded with the presentation of the John
B. and Anita S. Werner Award, a distinction that comes with a certificate and a
cash award, and which is given annually to one or two graduating seniors who have
been elected to PBK and who have made especially outstanding contributions to the
college and to their community.
The award is not based solely on a student’s GPA, but also takes into consideration
participation in campus activities, social and service groups, athletics, as well
as contributions to the community outside of campus. James Robinson ’11 and Joshua
l Orndorff ’11 are this year’s recipients of this prestigious award.
Following the banquet, guests attended the initiation ceremony in the Copley Science
Center. The evening ended with President Robert R. Lindgren’s concluding remarks.
"You have enriched this fine college by your contributions both in and outside the
classroom and have helped make Randolph-Macon a better place for future generations
of students," he said. "I wish you all the best for what lies in front of you, and
I am confident that you will continue to excel in whatever path you choose."
The following R-MC students, all of whom will graduate in 2011, were inducted into
the Phi Beta Kappa Society:
Vincent John Arnone, Corinne Frances Campbell, William Garnett Carson, Jocelyn Leigh
Carver, Daphnie Summers, Elizabeth Rose Collier, Kathleen Rose Dunn, Kimberly Marie
Dutton, Lauren Elizabeth Eng, Lauren Elizabeth Henson, Alexander Joseph Johnson,
Vi Nguyen Thuy Mai, Olivia Grace Masser, Michelle Amber Mitchell, Madison Elizabeth
Moore, Joshua Randall Orndorff, Melinda Michelle Perron, Tommy Howard Proffitt,
Katie Lynn Raulerson, James Tripoli Robinson, Stephen Middleton Ruxton, Anna Louise
Shealy, Eddie Brendan Tu, Rachel Blair Underdown, Johanna Marie Van Dee, Kevin Martin
Voelkel, Heather Nicole Wyatt, Tian Xu.
In 2009, R-MC’s PBK chapter was recognized
as the most outstanding chapter of PBK at a liberal arts college.
Founded in 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society advocates excellence in the liberal
arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding
liberal arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.
Each chapter can elect no more than 10 percent of its graduating class. Phi Beta
Kappa recognition was awarded to Randolph-Macon in 1923, and the college is one
of only 10 percent of the colleges in the country so designated by this esteemed
honorary society. Phi Beta Kappa’s Greek initials are ΦBK, which mean “Love of learning
is the guide of life.”