Eta Chapter Installation
Friends of Eta of Minnesota
The following individuals are recognized as Friends of the Eta of Minnesota Chapter for displaying a commitment to the standards of Phi Beta Kappa and as people who were instrumental in establishing and founding our chapter.
Edward Lindell was president of Gustavus Adolphus College from 1975-1980 at a time when the college, like many other small colleges, was struggling under financial strains and shortfalls. Despite the challenges that obtaining a PBK chapter meant, he provided key administration support for our effort.
Patty Lindell was the driving spirit in the establishment of the Gustavus Library Association and served as its chairperson for 3 years. Her sprit, enthusiasm, and vision were responsible for the strength of the Gustavus Library Association and its success from its inception to the present day.
Edward and Patty Lindell were early advocates of the importance of the Gustavus Adolphus College's affiliation with organizations such as Phi Beta Kappa and worked tirelessly to make the dream of a PBK chapter a reality.
Robert E. Karsten was Dean of Faculty during the years 1973–1983 and while not a PBK member, devoted considerable time, energy, as well as the resources of the Dean's office, to assist with establishing a PBK chapter here and gaining approval for a charter from the PBK Society.
Rhoda Lund (wife of Russell Lund) was the founding president of the Gustavus Library Association and instrumental in its fundraising success. Upon her death in 1979 it was said that "Much more important than her financial support was her active, personal working involvement." (from, With Grace Elegance and Flair: the First 25 Years of Gustavus Library Association, page 43)
The Committee of Five was a faculty-mandated committee—Dr. Gerhard Alexis, Dr. Rodney Davis, Dr. Bernard Erling, Dr. Clair McRostie and Academic, Dean Albert G. Swanson. This involved and dedicated faculty members were responsible for researching the past Gustavus Adolphus College PBK chapter applications that had been denied and made recommendations based on their research that helped our successful application at the PBK 33rd Triennial Council meeting in Boston 1982.
Charter Chapter Members
The following individuals were the Eta of Minnesota Chapter charter members of Phi Beta Kappa. Eta of Minnesota was installed on April 7, 1983.
|Gerhard T. Alexis||University of Minnesota||1937|
|Helen Baumgartner||Smith College||1953|
|Margarete Bower||Allegheny College||1973|
|Howard Cohrt||Stanford University||1960|
|Rodney O. Davis||Trinity College, Connecticut||1949|
|Patricia Dean||Carleton College||1958|
|Aaron Everett||University of Idaho||1948|
|Mary Everett||Florida State University||1944|
|Thomas Emmert||St. Olaf College||1967|
|Marleen B. Flory||Mount Holyoke College||1965|
|Robert Gardner||Oberlin College||1966|
|Thomas A. Gover||University of Kentucky||1955|
|Beverly Hargraves||Carleton College||1971|
|Clair Johnson||Augustana College, Illinois||1949|
|Byron Nordstrom||Lawrence College||1965|
|Ranae Peterson||University of South Dakota||1956|
|Richard C. Potter||University of Iowa||1974|
|Alicia Rivero Potter||Douglas College, Rutgers University||1976|
|Michael Shafto||Carleton College||1970|
|Barbara Simpson||Washington State University||1964|
|Sarah A. Stevenson||University of Minnesota||1967|
|Linnea Wren||Radcliffe College||1970|
PBK charters to establish a chapter are granted to the Phi Beta Kappa members on the faculty at the sheltering institution, rather than to the institution (college or university) itself. Gustavus Adolphus College, as our host institution, provides access to student information for appropriate faculty and staff so that the chapter can identify candidates for election to membership, a website, and other assistance that supports the efforts of our chapter.
A list of all the Phi Beta Kappa Chapters in Minnesota:
|Alpha||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||1892|
|Gamma||College of St. Catherine||1938|
|Delta||St. Olaf College||1949|
|Eta||Gustavus Adolphus College||1983|
Why are there so few PBK chapter in Minnesota and nationally?
It is very difficult to obtain a charter from the Phi Beta Kappa Society (headquartered in Washington D.C.). It is a process that takes a huge commitment of time and energy from those at the sheltering institution. In addition, a wide array of factors is reviewed prior to granting a charter to faculty at a sheltering institution. Everything from the number of books in the library, the financial state of the institution, the kinds of majors, standardized test scores and grade point averages for incoming students, and many other factors. All of these features, and many more, are minutely scrutinized before the Committee on Qualifications of The Society will agree to go to the sheltering institution for the physical and more detailed review of the qualifications of the college or university. The rigor of the process ensures the integrity of both the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the chapter when a charter is granted.