Press Release

Phi Beta Kappa 2018

May 11, 2018 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan Students Inducted into Nation's Oldest Academic Honor Society

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University inducted new members into its Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at a campus ceremony May 11. The new inductees join a national honor society that counts 17 U.S. presidents, 40 Supreme Court justices, and more than 140 Nobel laureates among its members. 

The new inductees and their areas of study are:

  • Kevin Christopher Alkins, Finance Economics
  • Nathan Daniel Axelrod, Finance Economics
  • Sarah Marie Bergman, Microbiology
  • Jonathan Blair Bethiel, Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry, Zoology
  • Brett Bowersox, Psychology, Economics
  • Emily Christine Burns, Economics
  • Colleen Chernowsky, Geology, Chemistry
  • Lydia Anne Cleaver-Bartholomew, Economics
  • Chloe Elizabeth Dyer, Spanish, Pre-Law
  • Jacquelynn Raye Everetts, Philosophy, Spanish
  • Connor Glasgow, Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry
  • Scott Nicholas Harmanis, Business
  • Emily Alice Louise Howald, Environmental Studies, Zoology
  • Madeleine Grace Juszynski, Economics
  • Isaac Benjamin Kochman, Mathematics
  • Alexandra Marie Medina, Zoology
  • Rachel Dawn Meer, Psychology
  • Kelly Ann Newell, Psychology
  • Lan Truong Ngoc Nguyen, Computer Science
  • Kristen Elizabeth Nooney, Accounting, French
  • Cassandra Paige Oberle, Health and Human Kinetics
  • Carl Trey Olsen, Finance Economics
  • Lucie Maureen Olson, East Asian Studies
  • Rachell June Resnik, Accounting, Politics and Government
  • Emma Nicole Sampson, Spanish, Politics and Government
  • Jill Marie Scribner, Biology
  • Derek Alan Shank, Astrophysics, Mathematics
  • Samuel Wakely Stull, Economics, Psychology
  • Haley Suzanne Talbot-Wendlandt, Geology
  • Meaghan Jean Teitelman, French, Sociology/Anthropology
  • Samuel Isaac Van Dyke, Finance Economics
  • Corinne Larissa Woodson, Zoology
  • Evelynn May Wyatt, English, Biology

Nationwide, only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and each of the 286 chapters selects only 10 percent of their graduates annually to join through a highly selective, merit-based invitation process.

Based in Washington, D.C., Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, and its name originated from the motto “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Ohio Wesleyan’s Eta Chapter was founded in 1907.

The honor society’s mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Learn more about Phi Beta Kappa at www.pbk.org.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Honors Program at www.owu.edu/honors and its Phi Beta Kappa chapter at www.owu.edu/pbk.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.