College inducts seven seniors into prestigious Phi Beta Kappa

Seven Marietta College seniors were inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa, which was established in 1860 at MC, Monday, April 25, in the Betty Cleland Room of the McDonough Center.

The seven inductees were Jessica Albrecht of Marietta, Shawn Kreiner of Elizabethtown, Pa., Erin Meddles of New Concord, Diane Radford of Marietta, Ashley Robbins of Woodsfield, Casey Trail of Glenshaw, Pa., and Melissa Yusko of Jefferson.

All but one of the inductees — Meddles — attended the ceremony.

"Phi Beta Kappa recognizes the very best intellects at a select group of colleges and universities around the country," said Marietta College President Dr. Jean A. Scott. "I am proud that Marietta College is home to a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and proud of the accomplishments of the students we are inducting. They have demonstrated through achievement in a broad variety of fields the love of learning that characterizes liberally educated people."

All five inductees were presented with the Phi Beta Kappa key, signed the Phi Beta Kappa log and were given a certificate of their accomplishment.

To be considered for election to membership, a student must be of good character and must have achieved a scholastic record of outstanding excellence in a broad program of studies, the major part of which must lie within the area known as the liberal arts and sciences.
Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. It is the oldest national academic honor society in the United States. The Gamma of Ohio chapter at Marietta College was established in 1860; it was the third chapter in Ohio and the 16th in the nation.

The criteria for consideration for election to Phi Beta Kappa are as follows: The student must take at least 60 hours of work in residence at Marietta College. The student must achieve a grade point average sufficient for graduation with honors (3.5 or better) and must graduate in the upper 10th of the class. Because election to Phi Beta Kappa emphasizes breadth and depth of scholarship, the student’s record must display evidence of both.

Marietta College’s Phi Beta Kappa will have new faces among the leadership next year. Dr. Kathryn McDaniel is taking over as president, while Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker is going to be vice president and Dr. Jennifer McCabe will be secretary.