The Luther College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has 37 new members including 36 students and one alumna. On Sunday, April 25, the students and Nancy Jones '69 were inducted into the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. Members are elected on the basis of broad academic interests, scholarly achievement and good character. The 2021 inductees include seniors:
Emma Brooks of Wild Rose, Wisconsin
Kari Jacobson of Irvine, California
Stephanie Almquist of Delano, Minnesota
Sydney Lear of Bettendorf, Iowa
Jacob Barsness of Pine Island, Minnesota
Levi Bird of Muscoda, Wisconsin
Shana Liu of Urbandale, Iowa
Caroline Handley of Rochester, Minnesota
Kyli Kurtenbach of Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Gretchen Blain of Spearfish, South Dakota
Allessandra Rogers of Odin, Minnesota
Soren Gloege Torp of Apple Valley, Minnesota
Aaron Blumberg of South Caulfield, Australia
Emma Everitt of Madison, Wisconsin
Avery Pazour of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hanna Dodd of Coal Valley, Illinois
Anneka Duncan of Benson, Minnesota
David Will of Rochester, Minnesota
Courtney Cooper of Lansing, Iowa
Miquela Teske of Eldora, Iowa
Laura Duffield of Rochester, Minnesota
Rachael Brolin of Madison, Wisconsin
Isabel Iverson of Decorah, Iowa
Emma Hitz-Kelly of Winona, Minnesota
Nick Lembezeder of Peosta, Iowa
Ryan Ferguson of Urbandale, Iowa
Lynzi Stauder of Holmen, Wisconsin
Kayla Gibson of Dubuque, Iowa
Benjamin Seavey of Albert Lea, Minnesota
Elena Pinnow of Denver, Colorado
Steven Johnson of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Carina Hansen of Cedar Falls, Iowa
Katie Fetting of Appleton, Wisconsin
Katilynn Swanson of Pine Island, Minnesota
Kyle Brusco of Burnsville, Minnesota
Emily Lehman of Cedar Falls, Iowa
The junior members will become student leaders in the organization during their senior year. They will be invited to chapter meetings and encouraged to participate in chapter activities, including the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar events.
During the induction ceremony, alumna inductee Nancy Jones gave this year's Ruth A. Davis Memorial Lecture to the Zoom audience of Luther College faculty, students, staff and parents.
"I was very honored to be invited to become an alumna member of Luther's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a chapter that owes its existence in no small measure to the late professor Mary Lou Mohr, one of the faculty members at Luther who had a profound effect on my life," said Jones. "I would hope, and indeed I assume, that current students just inducted into PBK will also find among their professors one or more who have shaped the quality of their minds and the quality of their character. Such are the gifts that Luther bestows, along with curiosity about the world, a respect for the energizing power of the liberal arts, and a fascination with the life of the mind."
View a recording of the Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony here.
Luther College is one of a select group of private liberal arts colleges in the United States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The society has fostered and recognized excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776 and the society's distinctive emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of academic achievement.
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