Thirteen Sewanee seniors were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa on Thursday, Feb. 25, joining the 11 members of the class of 2016 who were initiated in the fall. The initiation in University Archives was followed by a reception and dinner with the other members of the chapter, hosted by John and Bonnie McCardell at Chen Hall.
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:
- Thaddeus Martin Barney, Krefeld, Germany
- Mary Elizabeth Beilharz, Spicewood, Texas
- Abigail Elise Bray, Lexington, Kentucky
- Amy Elizabeth Buice, Clarkesville, Georgia
- Philip Robert Gould, Ewing, New Jersey
- Rebecca Marie Hannigan, Alpharetta, Georgia
- Lauren Macaulay Lyons, Lakemont, Georgia
- Cid Carlo Oculam, Harrogate, Tennessee
- Margaret Emerson Oliver, Sewanee, Tennessee
- Jeffrey Rudolph Prado, Metairie, Louisiana
- Eric Hamilton Roddy, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Sabol Payne Rodgers, Huntsville, Alabama
- Litton Flowerree Whitaker, Nashville, Tennessee
Members of the class of 2016 who were previously initiated are Linda Katherine Kleinfeld, Daniel Luke Fortner, Lily Marie Davenport, Lindsey Anne Liles, Eric Hamilton Roddy, Geanina Catruta Fripp, Amelia Anne Gray, William Alexander Stokes, Eliot Samuel Berz, Taylor Andrew Morris, and Gosife Donald Okoye. More students will be elected to membership and initiated during commencement weekend.