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May  05, 2011

Augustana inducts 51 outstanding seniors into Phi Beta Kappa

51 Augustana seniors were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most selective honor society in American higher education.

Those students include:

Katie Alms, Samuel Anderson, Hannah Boyce, Debra Butler, Kimberley Butnik, Matthew Craig, Courtney Denewellis, Jacqueline Dickens, Neil Driscoll, Molly Fletcher, Allyse Freeman, Megan Garvey, Dana Gustafson, Lindsey Haines, Christine Hedlin, Kimberly Hedlin, Jeremy Hoffman, Rebecca Hopman, Laura Hulteen, Katherine Jarosz, Katrina Jensen, Julie Jordan, Samantha Kalmar, Bethany Kjellgren, Jaynee Krippel, Kurtis Larson, Phillip Litchfield, Stephanie Loria, Leah Mortenson, David Morton, Justine Nguyen, Rebecca Noffsinger, Michelle Opsahl, Helen Reinold, Elizabeth Riordan, Danielle Rousakis, Michael Seevers, Amanda Seifert, Andrew Shaffer, Ryan Shershen, Melissa Shore, Anna Smith, Katherine Storm, Mark Stumphy, Ashley Then, Courtney VandeWiele, Amy Walsh, Kyle Weigand, Sarah Willis, Robert Wood and Benjamin Zimmerman

Augustana numbers among a select 10% of American colleges and universities that have met the criteria for having a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Each year, the college elects approximately 8% of its graduating class for induction into the honor society. Students are selected based on a set of rigorous, nationally-prescribed guidelines, including a record of academic excellence, tolerance for diverse views and a strong commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. The Greek letters Phi Beta Kappa represent the initials of the society's motto: "Love of learning is the guide of life." Originally created as a secret society-the members wanted to preserve their freedom to discuss any topic they chose-Phi Beta Kappa is now openly recognized as one of the most prestigious honor societies in American education.

Sarah Horowitz, the Phi Beta Kappa chapter secretary at Augustana, is proud that the college is able to recognize the inductees' accomplishments with such a prestigious honor. "These students have fulfilled Augustana's mission of developing the mind, body and spirit in an exemplary manner. They are now part of a long tradition of excellence at Augustana and other Phi Beta Kappa chapters across the country. We expect great things from them in years to come."

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu