(l. to r.) PBK Secretary Mark Malin, Ian Stewart '12 and PBK President Susan Parker.
Randolph-Macon College’s Zeta Chapter
of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society held its annual banquet and initiation
ceremony on April 20, 2012. Twenty-six new members were inducted into the Society
during the ceremony, which was attended by family, friends, faculty and staff.
The President of the Zeta of Virginia Chapter, Psychology
Professor Susan Parker, welcomed inductees and guests to the banquet in Estes. She
gave also gave special recognition to Trustee Emeritus John B. Werner '53 and Professor
Emeritus of History George Oliver for their
contributions to the success of R-MC’s PBK chapter. Following words from Provost
William Franz, the John B. and Anita S. Werner Award was presented. The award, a
distinction that comes with a certificate and a cash award, 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. In addition to
more than 20 years of service on the Board of Trustees, Werner has served as a member
of the Board of Directors of the Society of Alumni and is a member of the
Presidents Society and the
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. Mark Lotts ’12
and Lara O’Brien ’12 are the recipients of this year’s award.
Following the banquet, guests attended the initiation ceremony in the Copley Science
The following R-MC students, all of whom will graduate in 2012, were inducted
into the Phi Beta Kappa Society: Laura Lynne Briere, Jaclyn Quinn Buseck,
Charlotte Faye Cathey, Kelly Anna Conner, Victoria Lynn Cooper, Adriana St. Clair
Correa, Anna Grace Culpepper, Katie M. Daisey, Hannah E. Dise, Ethan L Franz, Jordan
Kimberly Hunt, Krystin E. Husz, Colleen N. Hutchison, Ashley N. Lambers, Mark Allen
Lotts, Christopher Lucha, Devon Emily Maust, Louisa Kimble Meyer, Tyler William
Midwinter, Cassie Marie Morgan, Lara Kristine O'Brien, Kathryn Alyssa Poe, Robin
A. Porucznik, Phillip Micah Simmons, Ian Edward Stewart, Angelica M. Yost.
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.” In 2009, R-MC’s
PBK chapter was recognized as the most outstanding chapter of PBK at a liberal arts