Marietta College inducts four into prestigious Phi Beta Kappa

Four Marietta College seniors were recently inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa, 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.

The four inductees, who all recently graduated, were Andrew L. Carver of Marietta, Ohio, Bethany L. Dykstra of Columbia, S.C., Angela D. Estep of Proctor, W.Va., and Kayte C. Ray of Marietta, Ohio.

Carver, son of Kelly Carver of Marietta, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems during the 170th Commencement ceremony on May 19. He graduated cum laude.

Dykstra, daughter of Don Dykstra of Mauldin, S.C., received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and graduated magna cum laude.

Estep received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international leadership studies and graduated summa cum laude.

Ray received a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education and graduated magna cum laude.

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. Jennifer McCabe (secretary).