Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 11 New Members Into Society
Release from Clint Baugess, Secretary of Iota of Pennsylvania Chapter
On Friday, October 19, Phi Beta Kappa will induct 11 new members into the Iota of Pennsylvania chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society at Gettysburg College. They will sign their names into the book that bears the signature of all members since the Iota of PA chapter’s founding in 1923.
The students who will be inducted on Friday include: Celeste Campbell, Caroline DeWitt, Leah Gulyas, Jay Hauser, Jason (Bailey) Heath, Alaina Keller, Savannah Labbe, Stella Nicolaou, Jared Richardson ’18, Laura Waters, and Kyle Woodley. Keira Koch was also elected to PBK and will be inducted in March 2019.
Students are elected to Phi Beta Kappa by the resident PBK members on campus. In additional to high academic achievement, members consider evidence of intellectual curiosity and academic integrity. Induction ceremonies are held in October, March, and before graduation in May. The Iota of PA chapter typically elects around 60 students per year, selecting from the top 10 percent of the class. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States. Gettysburg College has sheltered a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa since 1923. At that time, it was the ninth chapter in Pennsylvania.
Phi Beta Kappa currently includes 286 chapters at American colleges and universities. The Iota of Pennsylvania chapter has inducted over 3,000 members since 1923.