Korte selected for Phi Beta Kappa Kendra Korte of Vermillion, was one of 49 Luther College seniors selected for induction into the college's Eta of Iowa Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
Korte, the daughter of Leon and Solveig Korte of Vermillion, is majoring in English at Luther. She is a 1999 graduate of Vermillion High School.
Selection to Phi Beta Kappa honors juniors and seniors for outstanding academic achievement. Luther is among a select group of private liberal arts colleges that are Phi Beta Kappa institutions.
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. The society has fostered and recognized excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776.
John Churchill, national secretary (CEO) of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, presented the "Ruth A. Davis Memorial" Phi Beta Kappa Fellows Lecture at the induction ceremony, held April 6, in the Luther College Center for Faith and Life.
Churchill did his undergraduate work at Rhodes College, Memphis, and was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. He completed his graduate work at Yale where he earned his Ph.D. A professor of philosophy, he taught at Hendrix College, Conway, AR, and served as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college from 1984-2001.
Luther is a selective four-year college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Luther's academic programs in the sciences, arts and humanities, together with its outstanding co-curricular and residential activities, help students connect faith with learning, freedom with responsibility and service with success. A Phi Beta Kappa chapter attests the academic excellence of the college.
Luther College is located in Decorah, IA, and has an enrollment of 2,600 students. It offers a liberal arts education leading to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs.