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Phi Beta Kappa welcomes 17 new members

Spring 2015 Phi Beta Kappa members; more photos at
Spring 2015 Phi Beta Kappa members; more photos at
Photo by Ashley de los Reyes ’15.

World travelers, academics, doctors, a screenwriter, a French teacher, an art historian, a theologian… the list goes on.

The future professions of the 17 students inducted into the Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at St. Catherine University are as varied as their accomplishments on campus.

Only 14 were able to attend the April 23 initiation ceremony:

Kristine Basilici ’15, English major
After graduation: Plans to write about the ethics of land use and engage in issues of child poverty

Amanda Carpenter ’15, English
Plans to submit an essay she started in a St. Kate’s class to The Jane Austen Society of North America

Kalyse Engebretson ’15, Sociology; Antonion Scholar; Wildcat Athlete
Plans to attend graduate school in Europe and become bilingual

Marie Fallon ’15, Mathematics; Antonion Scholar; Wildcat Athlete
Working for Securian as an application developer this summer

Cody Flaherty ’15, Philosophy and English; spring 2015 valedictorian
Plans to either pursue graduate school or law school

Emma Flood ’15, Art History; Philosophy minor
Plans to pursue a Ph.D. in art history or visual cultural studies

Carol Hammerlindl ’15, English; Psychology minor
Plans to find work in the Rochester, Minn., literary community

Taylor Harwood ’15, English and history, Antonion Scholar
Plans to spend a year in service; then pursue a screenwriting career

Esther Hathaway ’14 (Dec. grad), French; Art History and Psychology minors
Plans to teach French in a French Alps high school

Tarah Hraba ’15, Biology; Spanish minor
Plans to apply to medical school

Elea Ingman ’15, English and Theology
Plans to spend a year in service, then pursue a master’s in biblical studies

Melissa Johnson ’14, Psychology
A December grad; pursuing a Ph.D. in physical therapy at St. Scholastica

Sophie Shogren, Biology; Chemistry and Philosophy minors; Antonion Scholar
Applying to medical school this summer

Meghan McGraw ’16, Biology
A junior; wants a career in psychiatry or dermatology

Inductees who couldn't attend: Nicole Bailey ’15 (elected as a junior last year), Alexis Wilde ’15, Michelle Johnson ’15 and Bridget Geraghty ’16.

“I remember being in your shoes,” said honorary speaker Allison Adrian, one of 32 resident (faculty/staff) Phi Beta Kappa members at St. Kate’s. Adrian shared three personal stories that illustrated the liberal arts way of thinking and encouraged students to continue being curious.

Her journey to ethnomusicologist and Fulbright scholar at the University — from high school musician (with a penchant for asking questions) to economics major with double minors in music and Spanish (who constantly questioned human behavior) — is “the joy of an unlikely synthesis” of the arts, social sciences and the humanities.

The inductees took turns signing the membership roster, a leather-bound book signed by every member of the St. Kate’s chapter since 1938.

Alan Silva, assistant vice president and dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, offered his congratulations at the end of the ceremony — and made a request.

“Be an ambassador for the liberal arts,” he urged. “The liberal arts is frequently under attack… a lot of people don’t actually understand it. If you hear someone challenging the liberal arts, take the time to respond… If you don’t do it, who will? And how will we continue to educate students like you?”

About Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors society recognizing achievement in the liberal arts. In 1937, St. Kate's became the first Catholic college or university to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Currently, only 283 chapters exist at higher education institutions throughout the United States.

Phi Beta Kappa embraces the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Only the "most outstanding" arts and sciences students meet its rigorous admission standards and are inducted into its chapters.

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April 24, 2015 by Pauline Oo

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