Phi Beta Kappa — ΦΒΚ

Eta of Minnesota Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the country and was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. It honors academic excellence and outstanding scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.

Fewer than seven percent of all U.S. universities and colleges host a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and it took nearly thirty years of effort for Gustavus Adolphus College to qualify for a chapter after a rigorous scrutiny by the national society. Further, fewer than ten percent of all graduating seniors in liberal arts majors are invited to join.

The Gustavus Adolphus College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Eta of Minnesota, was formally installed on April 7, 1983. Visit the Phi Beta Kappa Society homepage for more information and history on The Society.

Executive Committee, Eta of Minnesota Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa

Upcoming/Recent Event:

On April 30, 2015, The Eta Chapter of Minnesota of Phi Beta Kappa hosted its 33rd Annual Induction Ceremony. The chapter is excited to announce the induction of 30 seniors and 5 juniors into the society. Please help us congratulate these students on their accomplishements.

Students Inducted as Seniors
Cami L. Andersen Psychological Science; Scandinavian Studies
Spencer M. Batalden Mathematics; Physics
Robert Brown Psychological Science; Classics
Danielle J. Cabrera Communication Studies
Anne K. Casey English
Nathaniel T. Chase Classics
William Doebler Physics Honors
Katie Feterl Environmental Studies; Geography
Autumn M. Ike Theatre Honors
Maren L. Legeros Art Studio
Ellen M. Mader Psychological Science
Jessica Martin French; Management
Jessica Martinez Sociology and Anthropology
Michaela McClellan English; History
Nathan McNab Religion
Nicola T. Mehta Chemistry
William Metcalf Geography
Evan W. Miller Philosophy; Japanese Studies
Kelly C. O'Neill Chemistry ACS
Heidi M. Pontinen Psychological Science Honors
Samuel Renier Biology
Rachel L. Scharf Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hannah E. Smith Latin American, Latino, Caribbean Studies; Spanish
Elizabeth N. Stanczyk Spanish
Mengyuan Sun Nursing; Biology
Blake M. VanOosbree Art Studio
Taylor C. Waldin International Management
Elizabeth R. Weiers English
Elizabeth Wiese Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology
Lara J. Youngquist Communication Studies; Spanish
Students Inducted as Juniors
Kelsey L. Berryman Psychological Science; French
Ashley Haller Classics; Management
Emma E. Jasnoch Spanish; Latin American, Latino, Caribbean Studies
Dang H. Le Spanish; Public Accounting
Hannah M. Oberle Psychological Science Honors



The Eta Chapter of Minnesota of Phi Beta Kappa was honored to have Dr. Phillip Deloria on campus April 23rd and 24th, 2015. Philip Deloria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, with a joint appointment in the departments of History and American Culture.   He is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, where he administers student academic support, learning communities, public goods, and a range of innovations programming, from faculty pedagogy workshops to massive open online courses.  He has served as president of the American Studies Association, as a council member of the Organization of American Historians, and asba trustee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of two prize-winning books, Playing Indian and Indians in Unexpected Places, and coeditor of The Blackwell Companion to American Indian History and C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions:  Dreams, Visions, Nature, and the Primitive by Vine Deloria Jr.  He has also written numerous articles, essays, and reviews in the fields of American Indian studies, environmental history, and cultural studies.