Nine students inducted into prestigious Phi Beta Kappa

Nine Marietta College seniors were recently inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa society, which was established in 1860 at the College, during a special ceremony in the Betty Cleland Room of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business on Monday, April 26.

The nine inductees, who will all graduate on May 9, were Megan E. Betteley (Perry, Ohio), Jessica L. Brown (Vienna, W.Va.), Justin B. Hearn (Marietta, Ohio), Kelsey L. Kaustinen (Canton, Ohio), Tiffany E. McKee (Forest, Ohio), Alison J. Miller (Sistersville, W.Va.), Rong Sun (Beijing, China), Yi Wang (Beijing, China) and Tian Wu (Beijing, China).

Betteley, a graduate of Perry High School, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Brown, a graduate of Wood County Christian High School, will receive a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Hearn, a graduate of Marietta High School, will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting.

Kaustinen, a graduate of Glen Oak High School will receive a Bachelor of Arts in English.

McKee, a graduate of Riverdale High School, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Miller, daughter of Paul Miller of Sistersville, Ohio, and a graduate of Tyler Consolidated High School, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science.

Sun will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting.

Wang will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.

Wu will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

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 faculty leaders are Dr. Kathryn McDaniel (president), Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker (vice president) and Dr. Matt Menzel (secretary).