Phi Beta Kappa initiates new members

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Eleven “junior members” of the Class of 2016 have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. An initiation ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 16; though initiated this fall, these students were elected on the basis of their standing through their junior year at Sewanee. The initiation was scheduled during Family Weekend so that the students’ families could attend the ceremony. The initiation in the University Archives was followed by a reception with the other members of the chapter.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is perhaps the most prized honor a college student can receive. Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic excellence become eligible for election after completing at least five consecutive semesters. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary; the Sewanee Chapter, Beta of Tennessee, was established in 1926.

Congratulations to Sewanee’s newest members:

  • Linda Katherine Kleinfeld, Russian major, Macungie, Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Luke Fortner, Psychology and Natural Resource major, Thomasville, Georgia
  • Lily Marie Davenport, English major, Westerville, Ohio
  • Lindsey Anne Liles, Biology and English major, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Eric Hamilton Roddy, English and Spanish major, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Geanina Catruta Fripp, Ecology-Biology major, Bowie, Maryland
  • Amelia Anne Gray, Biology major, Newnan, Georgia
  • William Alexander Stokes, History and Music major, Orange Park, Florida
  • Eliot Samuel Berz, Environment and Sustainability major, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Taylor Andrew Morris, Physics major, Benton, Tennessee
  • Gosife Donald Okoye, Biochemistry major, Nnewi, Nigeria

Additional students in the Class of 2016 will be elected to Phi Beta Kappa and initiated during the Easter semester.