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Fifteen students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society

Fifteen students were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa chapter of St. Catherine University on April 22, 2013. Two of the inductees are not pictured.
Fifteen students were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa chapter of St. Catherine University on April 22, 2013. Two of the inductees are not pictured.
Photo by Melissa Kaelin.

While heavy snow fell on St. Catherine University's campuses on Monday night, an intimate group of St. Kate's students gathered inside the Coeur de Catherine for a warm celebration of their achievements.

Fifteen students were inducted into the St. Catherine University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization celebrating the liberal arts. They were joined by family, friends, faculty and other supporters, including Dr. Amy Hamlin and Dr. Lynda Szymanski, associate dean of the School of Humanities Arts and Sciences, who gave the keynote address.

"The liberal arts have enriched my life in more ways than I can count," said Szymanski.

Szymanski shared a personal account of her college experience with the new inductees, encouraging them to look back on their own college experiences as well. At the same time, she challenged each student to ask herself how the liberal arts has enriched their life.

"Learning and thinking are empowering," she said, reflecting on her time as an undergraduate student. "The liberal arts were not just 'add-ons' that someone was requiring me to take; they were courses that gave me the opportunity to think and learn — and to do so for simply the sake of thinking and learning."

With the support of their families and the faculty of St. Catherine University, the new inductees took their place in St. Catherine University's Phi Beta Kappa chapter — an honor that recognizes a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and a commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression.

The inductees include:
Elizabeth Black '13
Samantha Burger '13
Rebecca Dobias '13
Madelyn Docken '13
Rebecca Doucette '13
Evan Gaydos '13
Ashley Grell '13
Brenda Her '13
Hannah Lehman '13
Jessica McManus '13
Leslie Muzulu '13
Julia Nikrad '13
Nicole Pothen '13
Heidi Schwartz '13
Klara Zelikman '13

These 15 students will also be recognized in the Honors & Awards Ceremony at St. Kate's on April 30, 2013.

About Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization recognizing achievement in the liberal arts, in the nation. More than 250 chapters exist throughout the United States. In 1937, St. Catherine University (formerly the College of St. Catherine) was the first Catholic college or university to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Phi Beta Kappa embraces the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Its chapters induct the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. About 10 percent of higher education institutions have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and only about 10 percent of arts and sciences graduates from these institutions are selected for membership.

April 23, 2013 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Leadership, Liberal Arts, Students