Randolph-Macon College’s Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society held its
annual banquet and initiation ceremony on April 19, 2013. Twenty-six new members
were inducted into the Society during the ceremony, which was attended by family,
friends, faculty and staff. The event also marked the 90th anniversary celebration
of the establishment of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Randolph-Macon College.
The president of the Zeta of Virginia Chapter, Psychology
Professor Susan Parker, welcomed inductees and guests to the banquet in the Trustees
Room of Estes Dining Hall. She also gave special recognition to Trustee Emeritus
John B. Werner ’53 for his contributions to the success of R-MC’s
PBK chapter and recognized a special guest, C. Lydon Harrell ’38,
who was celebrating the 75th anniversary of his election to the Society.
Following words from Provost William T. 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 outstanding contributions to the college and the 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, and athletics,
as well as contributions to the
community outside of campus.
Alyssa Warren ’13, a biology
and religious studies major, and the
first R-MC student to be accepted to Eastern Virginia Medical School through the
BS-MD program with EVMS, and Rachel Johnsen ’13, a
political science and French major,
are the recipients of this year’s award.
Following the banquet, guests attended the initiation ceremony in the multi-purpose
room of Andrews Hall.
The following students, all of whom will graduate in 2013, were inducted into
the Phi Beta Kappa Society: Desiree Anderson, Matthew Atkinson, Catherine
Bailey-Sullivan, Casey Barber, Maggie Benson, Rebecca Davis, Ashley Harper, Ashley
Hazelgrove, Rachel Johnsen, Kingston Kang, Caleigh Lester, Kerra Lundgren, Matthew
McLendon, Paige McManus, Amanda Nelms, Duc Nguyen, Carlie Pendleton, Rachel Riggs,
Ashley Beverly Roth, Jessica Sears, Hillary Sherbert, Randall Timmerman, Kimberly
Turner, Alyssa Warren, Hayley Williamson, Christopher Wirth.
R-MC’s chapter was named the outstanding
chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at a liberal arts college in 2009 at that year’s
triennial convention. The senate of the national Phi Beta Kappa Association recently
notified R-MC that it is once again among the top-rated chapters in the country.
“As such, our chapter will be in the running for being named an exemplary chapter
at the next triennial convention, in fall 2015,” says
Spanish Professor Mark Malin, the secretary of the Zeta chapter. “With 283
national chapters, fewer than 20 chapters have received this notification.”
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. Phi Beta Kappa’s
Greek initials are ΦBK, which mean “Love of learning is the guide of life.”