The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Oklahoma State University initiated 29 new student members, former OSU President James Halligan and alumna Ashleigh (Hildebrand) Ross, during its sixth annual induction ceremony held recently in the student union ballroom. The chapter, known as Gamma of Oklahoma, was founded in 2013.
Halligan served as OSU’s 16th president from 1994-2002 and emphasized student success, improved retention and graduation rates as well as scholar development. OSU was named a Truman Honor Institute during his tenure and he established a special hall to honor OSU scholars. Following his retirement, Halligan served two terms as a state senator. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. He was inducted as a non-alum special candidate.
Ross, who delivered an address, “Finding My Why,” at the induction ceremony, currently serves as portfolio lead overseeing carbon capture, utilization and storage for BP (British Petroleum). She also worked several years for ConocoPhillips. Ross graduated from OSU in 2005 with a chemical engineering degree and earned a Gates Scholarship to attend Cambridge where she received a master’s degree in environmental policy followed by double master’s degrees in chemical engineering and technology policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
OSU students, usually juniors or seniors who have a first or second major in a liberal arts discipline, qualify for membership in the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society upon election by the local Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The chapter’s selection committee first reviews each student’s achievements and academic grade point average (3.7 or higher) after at least 90 hours of liberal arts courses. The course review must demonstrate the student’s breadth as well as depth of study and include at least 15 hours of foreign language as well as proficiency in mathematics.
The new members of Phi Beta Kappa, are listed below with their major(s) and hometown:
Samuel Alvarado – Psychology – Commerce
Abigail Elizabeth Buller – French and Psychology – Owasso
Jaiden S Butler – Psychology – Del City
Dallas E. Clemishire – English – Skiatook
Addy Kate D. Curtin – English – Guthrie
Grant Thomas Eisenmenger – International Business and Economics – Tulsa
Brooklyn Paige Gissendaner – Biological Sciences – Tulsa
Trisha Elizabeth Goerlitz – History – Owasso
Ryan M. Hollands – Economics, Political Science and Spanish – Edmond
Madison Hutchins – English and French – Bedford, Texas
Tiffany Christine Kelly – Political Science – Stillwater
Tara Victoria Lauderdale – History – Tulsa
Antonio Joel Loper – Zoology – Tulsa
Caroline E. Lowery – English and Spanish – Decatur, Texas
Leana Paola Mason – English – Katy, Texas
Amanda Rose McEnroe – Spanish – Wylie, Texas
Jeffrey M. McNaughton – Political Science – Enid
Carson Michael Mulligan – Economics – Norman
Hannah E. Naff – Mathematics – Edmond
Skyler Wayne Osburn – English – Enid
Jensen N. Overton – Psychology – Minco
Christina Anne Schrantz – International Business and History – Oklahoma City
Riley P. Smith – Microbiology and Spanish – Stillwater
Katie Lynn Spencer – Geology – Omaha, Nebraska
Taylor R. Walton – Zoology, Lancaster, Texas
Clara Dawn Wenger – Physiology and Biochemistry – Big Cabin
Madison Lynn White – Psychology and Spanish – Edmond
Sarah F. Winburn – Biochemistry – Tahlequah
Samuel Richard Wood – Mathematics – Edmond
For more information on the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at OSU, email Dr. Perry Gethner at email@example.com.