Marietta College inducts 6 into prestigious Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa inductees for 2016

Six Marietta College seniors were inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa society, which was established in 1860 at the College, during a ceremony that was held in the Betty Cleland Room on Monday, April 25.

The inductees, who will graduate May 1 during Marietta College’s 179th Commencement ceremony, were Brendan Adkinson (Bellevue, Ohio), Nathan Colburn (Grove City, Ohio), Elaina Eakle (Whipple, Ohio), Erin McNulty (Little Hocking, Ohio), Lindsey Schrock (Alliance, Ohio) and Matthew Valverde (Lancaster, Pennsylvania).

Adkinson, a graduate of Bellevue High School, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

Colburn, a graduate of Grove City High School, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Eakle, a graduate of Fort Frye High School, will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications & Public Relations.

McNulty, a graduate of Warren High School, will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Schrock, a graduate of John C. Kimball High School, will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies.

Valverde, a graduate of Dayspring Christian Academy, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

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.