By: Emily Carrier (Class of 2015)
The Emory & Henry College chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society inducted 58 students on October 3, the organization’s highest number of inductees since their inaugural year in Spring 2010.
The joyful ceremony was held with a capacity crowd in the Board of Visitors Lounge of Van Dyke Hall. Keynote speaker Jessie Daddio (Class of 2013) encouraged inductees to “not be afraid to fail.” Past speakers include Dr. Jake Schrum, Dr. Rosalind Reichard, Rachel Dunne (Class of 2004), John Honeycutt (Class of 2002), and Dr. Christie Maloyed (Class of 2004).
Phi Eta Sigma Adviser and Chair of Political Science, Dr. Joseph Lane, Student Phi Eta Sigma President Emily Carrier and Vice President Nathan Fishell presided over the ceremony.
Inductees made their way forward to receive their certificates and pins, accepting their membership into Phi Eta Sigma. New member Lauren Sapp said, “Today, I became one of the newest members of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. I’m thrilled man, absolutely thrilled!”
Senior members of the organization were also given their graduation cords during the ceremony by Dean David Haney.
The oldest and largest first-year honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois in 1923. General Secretary of the organization Dr. John Sagabiel says, “Induction is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment and serves as an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides members the opportunity to meet first-year scholars from all academic disciplines on their campuses and to join them in promoting academic excellence.”
(Photo Caption: New members of Phi Eta Sigma are joined by the senior members of the group for a picture outside the Van Dyke Center)