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Phi Beta Kappa elects 43 seniors

April  22, 2016

The Augustana Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 43 senior students to membership.

"Election is a significant honor reflecting their fine academic work and the high opinion our faculty have of them,” said advisor Dr. Donna Dungan, president of Augustana's chapter, Zeta of Illinois, and professor of computer science.

The new members will be formally introduced at the Senior Honors Convocation May 21.

This national academic honor society recognizes scholarly achievement, character, integrity, and independence of mind. Augustana's chapter, Zeta of Illinois, was established in 1950. Members are elected by faculty. Election is less a reward for past success than a recognition of exceptional promise for future growth and achievement.

New members:

Virginia Aumann
Dena Baity
Rebecca Brosch
Nellie Bubb
Kyle Christensen
Rowan Crow
Julie Cullotta
Luke Currie
Michael Currie
Rosa De La Torre
Stephen Dempsey
Somer Druszkowski
Katelin Durham
Sarah English
Suzanne Geisler
Malory Groen
Bennett Hartmann
Bethany Hayenga
Jillian Jespersen
Katherine Knauft
Kaitlyn Lindgren
Andrea McNally

Sara Mitchell
Amanda Narkis
Long Nguyen
Eleanor Nolan
Jeffrey Prior
Kendra Rakers
Sara Ruthberg
Madeline Ruzek
Danielle Schneider
Austin Schoeck
Margaret Stadtwald
Joseph Strain
Alyssa Thompson
Bonnie Thornton
Sara Tomasello
Aaron Volk
Aubrey Waddick
Daniel Walls
John Whitson
Brandon Wills
Rong Zheng

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 and celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. It has more than half a million members and chapters at 283 American colleges and universities. Invitation to membership is a reflection of outstanding achievement. Only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these institutions are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership.