Lambda of Ohio Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most respected academic honor society in the United States. Invitation to membership is a reflection of outstanding academic achievement and shows a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to freedom of inquiry and expression.

Phi Beta Kappa has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776. The Lambda of Ohio Chapter received its charter from the national organization in 1928.  Less than 10 percent of graduates from the College of Arts & Sciences and Honors Tutorial College are selected for membership.

The Chapter participates in the intellectual life of Ohio University by electing individuals to undergraduate, alumni, and honorary membership, hosting annual lectures by recognized scholars, and the annual awarding of the Thomas M. Wolfe Awards for highest scholastic achievement of a third-year and graduating senior student.


Photo caption:  2015 Initiates [Photo Credit: Betsy  Partyka]

In celebration of the Chapter's 75th anniversary, more than 180 members with significant contribution from the family of Evelyn Underwood Holden, purchased the Phi Beta Kappa clock. The clock, located outside of the Baker Student Center, is a familiar and enduring symbol of academic achievement at Ohio University.

At the 2011 initiation ceremony, the charter for the Chapter was presented to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Ben Ogles, for permanent display in the College Office.

Photo caption:  Presentation of the chapter charter to the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the initiation ceremony.  HTC Dean Jeremy Webster, Stacia Stuzman (chapter secretary), Dr. Chester Pach (PBK member and honored guest speaker), Dr. Brad Jokisch (chapter president) and A&S Dean Ben Ogles.   [Photo credit:  Steve Grimes]



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