Sixty-nine of Hope College’s graduating seniors and recent graduates are being initiated into the Zeta of Michigan chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest scholastic honorary society.

For more than 200 years, election to Phi Beta Kappa has been a recognition of intellectual capacity well-employed, especially in acquiring an education in the liberal arts and sciences. The objectives encouraged by Phi Beta Kappa include intellectual honesty and tolerance, range of intellectual interests and understanding--not merely knowledge.

Hope faculty who are members of Phi Beta Kappa elected the students in recognition of their high grade point average in liberal arts courses, their broad cultural interests, and their independent and creative scholarly activities outside the classroom.

A formal initiation ceremony and reception will take place on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall. The honorees will also be recognized during the college’s Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Hope College is one of only 280 colleges and universities in the country and eight in Michigan to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Hope’s chapter was chartered in 1971.

Hope College Phi Beta Kappa Honorees 

Michael Blauw, East Grand Rapids
Joel Boersma, Zeeland
Jessalyn Bolkema, Flushing
Lien Brusselmans, Plainwell
Lauren Bull, Dallas, Tex.
Hilary Bultman, Hamilton
Alyssa Carlburg, Wheaton, Ill.
Elena Caruthers, Des Plaines, Ill.
Jeffrey Corajod, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Scott DeClaire, Oak Park
Ashley Drew, Spring Lake
Alexandra Egedy, Grand Rapids
Elizabeth Fast, Grand Rapids
Rebecca Fry, Grand Rapids
Jonathan Gabhart, Spencer, Ia.
Lauren Gaines, Brighton
Katherine Garcia, Battle Creek
Helen Gay, Lexington
Anne Georges, Ramsey Minn.
Heather Gill, Rockford, Ill.
Joe Habbouche, Sterling Heights
Katelyn Hemmeke, Hamilton
Matt Herm, Port Huron
Xisen Hou, Qingdao, China
Gregory Hubers, Kalamazoo
Erin Johnson, Slidell, La.
Sarah Johnson, Traverse City
Laine Klopfenstein, Chicago, Ill.
Bryan Kunkler, Ada
Cory Lakatos, Howell
Jacob LaViolet, Westbrook, Me.
Kaitlyn Leikert, Ludington
Ziye Liu, Chongging, China
Kelly Lufkin, Houghton
Eric Lunderberg, Grandville
John Lutz, Canton
Samantha Madson, Avon, Ind.
Katherine Maguire, East Lansing
Erin McIntyre, Munster, Ind.
Kyle McLellan, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Heather Mills, Grandville
Kelsey Moore, Okemos
Kate Nelson, Williamston
Regina O’Brien, Saline
Andrew Peterson, Orange City, Ia.
Colin Rathbun, Grand Rapids
Blair Riddle, Louisville, Ky.
Ann Rodwell-Lawton, Altamont, N.Y.
Matthew Rutter, Sylvania, Ohio
Mia Savagian, Bloomfield Hills
Megan Scholten, Grand Rapids
Jessica Simmons, Chanhassen, Minn.
Lindsey Sisson, Holland
Sioned Sitkiewicz, Downers Grove, Ill.
Robert Sjoholm, Burnsville, Minn.
Ingrid Slette, Holland
Brent Smith, Owosso
Kerry Smith, Zionsville, Ind.
Sarah Sohn, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Erin Stier, Traverse City
Heather Stiff, Galena, Ohio
Marco Tori, Pinckney
Emily Van Wieren, Grand Ledge
Molly Vass, Valparaiso, Ind.
Matthew Vermaire, Fruitport
Stacy Victory, Hudsonville
Emily Wheeler, Washington, D.C.
Chelsea Wiese, Rochester Hills
Renee Wynveen, Des Moines, Ia.