Olson member of Phi Beta Kappa The University of South Dakota chapter of Phi Beta Kappa recently initiated 24 new members during a special ceremony in the Coyote Student Center on the USD campus in Vermillion.
Phi Beta Kappa was founded on Dec. 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary. Since then, Phi Beta Kappa has evolved to become the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.
Phi Beta Kappa annually elects over 15,000 new members from 262 chapters across the United States. Some famous members of Phi Beta Kappa are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, President Theodore Roosevelt, Michael Crichton, Jeff Bezos, and Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Phi Beta Kappa has over 50 associations in cities across the U.S. They support the ideals of the society through academic, social, and community-based programs. The society's distinctive emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of academic achievement.
USD Phi Betta Kappa inductees are: Robert Joachin, Agar; Jason Veal, Bison; Bruce Gisi, Bowdle; Melissa Van Vuuren, Corsica; Justin Kopetsky, Frederick; Amanda Westphal, Hudson; Ellie Highstreet, Hurley; Gina Mollet, Jefferson; Amanda Ness, Lennox; Jeremy Bertsch, Milbank; Mandi Mowery, New Underwood; Lindsey Jennewein, Onida; Valerie Schultz, Rapid City; L.J. Ottenbacher, Selby; Heidi Hilleson, Sioux Falls; Colleen Kelley, Springfield; Miranda Hollenbeck, Timber Lake; Drake Olson, Vermillion; Stacy Fuchs, Jennifer Nauman, both of Watertown; Clarissa Barnes, Yankton; Rachel West, Des Moines, IA; Eric Newhouse, Sioux City, IA; Wade Sirles, Bozeman, MT and Erica Nickeson, O'Neill, NE.