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Phi Beta Kappa Inducts New Members
Phi Beta Kappa Inducts New Members
The ceremony also marked the 91st anniversary of the establishment of
the PBK chapter at R-MC.
Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony
Randolph-Macon College’s Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society held its annual banquet and initiation ceremony on April 25, 2014. Sixteen new members were inducted into the Society during the ceremony, which was attended by family, friends, faculty and staff. The event also marked the 91st anniversary celebration of the establishment of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Randolph-Macon College.
The president of the Zeta of Virginia Chapter,
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.
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 Heritage Society.
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.
Fred Parks ’14
Laura Young ’14
minor, are the recipients of this year’s award.
Following the banquet, guests attended the initiation ceremony in the multi-purpose room of
The following students, all of whom will graduate in 2014, were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society:
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, R-MC’s chapter will be in the running for being named an exemplary chapter at the next triennial convention, in fall 2015. “With 283 national chapters, fewer than 20 chapters have received this notification,” says
Professor Mark Malin, secretary of the Zeta Chapter.
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.”
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