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Newest Members Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

PBKPhi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honors society, inducted 36 recent HWS grads into its Zeta Chapter in May.

Faculty and staff holding membership to the honors society select students based on their intellectual curiosity, personal character, academic breadth and college standing. Approximately one percent of students graduating from American colleges and universities are invited to join each year.

New inductees include: Samantha Bowers ’17, August Bruno ’17, Matalin Carville ’17, Chalwyn Caulker ’17, Caroline Conboy ’17, Erin Condon ’17, Joey Crivelli ’17, Ryan Davison ’17, Katelyn DeHart ’17, Darya Eremina ’17, Austen Gillen-Keeney ’17, Emma Gordon ’17, Stephanie Kenific ’17, Mary Kubinski ’17, Alexandra LaMonte ’17, Karoline Loretan ’17, Elizabeth Lownie ’17, Clayton Lyons ’17, Daniel Marsh ’17, Kelly Mauch ’17, Maureen Milmoe ’17, Maggie Nalbone ’17, Hannah Novak ’17, Katherine Pinkes ’17, Taylor Rugg ’17, Chloe Sudduth ’17, Kevin Teel ’17 and Brian Tosado-Prater ’17.

“It’s always one of the great pleasures of the academic year to celebrate the best and brightest students at the Phi Beta Kappa initiation. The mood at this year’s ceremony was joyful: students and faculty members enjoyed a lovely meal together and lots of happy laughter around the room,” says Associate Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer.

They join their classmates Sean Bright ’17, Margaret Cameron ’17, Christopher Demas ’17, Zachary Grattan ’17, Corinne Kenny ’17, Duncan Lilley ’17 and Namita Neerukonda ’17, who were inducted during their junior year.

Election as a junior is the highest honor the chapter can bestow on a student. The Zeta Chapter welcomed Katherine Campbell ’18, an economics major and mathematics minor, who is a member of the William Smith soccer team.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates academic excellence, intellectual engagement and liberal arts education. Only 10 percent of colleges and universities have chapters of the honors society, which has inducted 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 Nobel Laureates, alongside countless leaders in literature, world affairs, research, the arts and business. The Zeta Chapter is the sixth oldest chapter in New York.

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