This week marks Phi Beta Kappa’s “Keys to Action” week, a chance to celebrate Hiram College’s chapter and the 240-year anniversary of the nation’s most prestigious national honors society. Phi Beta Kappa is committed to promoting the value and benefits of a liberal arts and sciences education. The society does so through national policy advocacy; higher-learning environment enhancement, with opportunities such as the Visiting Scholar Program; and by honoring the best and brightest liberal arts and sciences undergraduates across the country annually.
Only 286 schools across the nation have been awarded chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, and less than 10 percent of students at these institutions qualify for membership each year. Hiram College received its charter on Feb, 19, 1971 and has annually offered induction to a small number of graduating seniors who have demonstrated excellence, both academically across diverse liberal arts disciplines as well as in personal character.
“At a time when newspaper headlines and public figures routinely question the ‘return on investment’ of a liberal arts education, PBK is a powerful voice arguing for the need for more, not less, investment in higher education … A well-rounded arts and sciences education leads to innovative employees and thoughtful citizens,” says associate professor of biomedical humanities Erin Lamb, Ph.D., secretary of PBK Hiram’s chapter. “The impressive students inducted into our chapter are the best advertisements we could offer for the value of a liberal arts education.”
PBK speaks to the high academic standards set by Hiram College and a mark of all that Hiram graduates can become, as Phi Beta Kappa’s past members have, internationally recognized inventors, writers, policymakers and numerous presidents, Lamb says.