Elon’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts 57 members

Fifty-seven graduating seniors were inducted into Elon's Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and one of the most prestigious honor societies, in an April 19 ceremony.

Fifty-seven Elon University students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and often considered the most prestigious honor society, at an April 19 dinner and ceremony.

Scott Arthur Banks, a biomedical engineer at the University of Florida whose research led to breakthroughs in joint implant treatments, delivered the keynote address and encouraged students to pursue greater purpose in life. Banks’ mission — to help surgeons achieve greater results for patients — guided his biggest decisions.

“What mission will lead you? That’s my assignment to you tonight,” said Banks, who also delivered the year’s final Voices of Discovery lecture on April 18. “Having a mission was helpful in reminding me I was on the right path, and I hope you too will be lucky enough to find one that defines your life.”

In addition to Banks, inductees heard from Anthony Rizzuto, associate professor of chemistry and president of Elon’s Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rebecca Kohn.

“You have so much to be proud of,” Kohn said. “May you continue to be lifelong learners, working hard, asking questions, seeking the truth and inspiring those around you to strive for excellence.”

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.

2024 Phi Beta Kappa inductees:

Madison Battinelli

Akani Bey

Eli Bier

Kai Daniel Bilotta

Cole Thomas Carney

Henry Reilly Chance

Ava N. Crawford

Rachel Olivia Curtis

Christopher A. D’Inzeo

Leah Creager Dumaine

Julia Nicole DuVal

Claire Chapin Epps, Jr.

Parker Rose Fairfield

John Luke Farah

Matthew William Flacksenburg

Gerald Wood Fuller

Ellen Garrison

Tessa Gladwell

Isabel Eugenia Gouveia

Chase Gurey

Blake Alton Healey

Chloe Rae Higgins

Madeleine Hollenbeck

Rachel Hunt

Nicholas Ivanov

Lauren Elizabeth Jablon

Julia Kiely Johnson

Kaley Katz

Grace Kepperling

Ally Laird

Stephanie Rachel Land

Maggie Lifsitz

Katelyn Rose Litvan

Bethany Paige Marzella

Jade Caroline May

Morgan Delaney McGlynn

Sophie I. Miller

Matthew Thomas Newberry

Eliana Carmel Olivier

Keira Oyen

Mary Sophia Padalecki

Gillian Florence Perilstein

Samantha Nadia Perri

Samantha Pomerantz

Samuel Ramirez

Cailey Rogers

Daniel Ross Saltsgaver

Sonali Elena Schroder

Amaya Sheffield

Emma Simpson

Jordan Claire Smith

Jillian Marie Thomas

Jeremiah Timberlake

Angelina Grace Votruba

Kyra Alexandra Wells

Nora Jarrett Wilkes

Alecxander Carter Wilson