Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Elon inducts new members

An April 21 dinner and induction ceremony included an address from Joseph Francisco, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and professor of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania.

2023 Phi Beta Kappa inducteesFifty-five Elon University students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and often considered the nation’s most prestigious honor society, during an April 21 dinner and ceremony.

The new inductees heard remarks from President Connie Ledoux Book and an address by Joseph Francisco, the Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar and a professor of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Francisco was introduced by Phi Beta Kappa member Anthony Rizzuto, an assistant professor at Elon.

The event included an invocation by Ann Cahill, professor of philosophy and director of the National and International Fellowships Office, and remarks from Eta of North Carolina President CJ Fleming, Associate Professor of Psychology. Associate Librarian Shannon Tennant offered an overview of the history of Phi Beta Kappa and Amanda Sturgill, chapter secretary and associate professor of journalism, presented inductees with their certificates. Provost Rebecca Kohn offered closing remarks.

Francisco also delivered a lecture for the entire university community on Thursday, April 20, in Whitley Auditorium. He has more than 700 publications in chemistry and a special interest in environmental chemistry. His lecture, “So Much Water in the Atmosphere,” focused on the increase in atmospheric water due to climate change and water’s role as a catalyst in environmental processes. Francisco also met with students in both chemistry and environmental studies.

Elon’s chapter also this year inducted its first alumni member, Scott Wolter, who is now the chair of Elon’s Department of Engineering.

Phi Beta Kappa has established chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, representing only 10% of the nation’s institutions of higher learning. Each year, the top 10% of arts and sciences graduates at these institutions are selected for membership. Elon’s Eta Chapter of North Carolina was installed on April 13, 2010.

Candidates for induction

  • Anna Altmann
  • Morgan Bassett
  • Kelly Elizabeth Belarmino
  • Jay Bennett
  • Lindsay Bennett
  • Amanda Jones Bossert
  • Alanis Camacho Narváez
  • Holly Cardoza
  • Nicole Cason
  • Ket Cordova
  • Margaret E. Cox
  • Karen Guadalupe Cruz-Ruiz
  • Ava de Bruin
  • Caroline Digan
  • Caroline Reed Durham
  • Madison Hailey Eaton
  • Olivia Eller
  • Caroline Anne French
  • Julia Friedenberg
  • Amaya Michelle Gaines
  • Lucy Annabelle Garcia
  • Joseph Dominic Gentile
  • James D. Grant II
  • Michaela Rose Guerin
  • Kiara Marie Hunter
  • Kyra Kathleen Illies Johnson
  • Jeppe Overgaard Jordoson
  • Nadine Jose
  • Nana Kaneko
  • Ashley Kinder
  • Alexandra Helen Lahetta
  • Lucas Leveillee
  • Leandra Lorenz
  • Sarah Douglas McCullough
  • Sarah Mirrow
  • Anna Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Dailey Virginia Moore
  • Meghan Elisabeth Rakowski
  • Jake Edward Ramalho
  • Ridley Randolph
  • Allison Nicole Roberts
  • Brittany Antoinette Sedlak
  • Grace Elizabeth Simpson
  • Lauren Singles
  • Jessica Skelley
  • Rylei Smith
  • Madelyn Starr
  • D. Haydn Stucker
  • Kendall Treco
  • Natalie Sarah Triche
  • Jacob W. Van Buren
  • Stephanie Corrine Wagner
  • Amelia Ward
  • Stephanie Joy Bowen Williams
  • Kathleen Wirth