Phi Beta Kappa

Theta of Indiana Chapter

2014 initiates
Butler 2014 PBK student and alumni initiates begin their initiation ceremony.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society installed its Theta of Indiana Chapter at Butler University on Feb. 4, 2010, making Butler one of only 280 universities nationwide to host a chapter of the country's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Read more about the installation ceremony.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. by five students. Phi Beta Kappa has for more than two centuries fostered the principles of freedom of inquiry and freedom of thought and expression. These ideas, symbolized on the society's distinctive gold key, promote the foundation of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience, and creative endeavor. The letters Phi Beta Kappa (ΦβΚ) represent the Greek initials of the society's motto: "Love of learning is the guide of life."

Only about 10 percent of colleges and universities in the United States have been approved to shelter chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. Only eight colleges and universities in the State of Indiana are home to Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is for life. Invitation to membership is a significant academic honor. Acceptance of that invitation reflects a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to freedom of inquiry and expression.

Class of 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 Student and Alumni Members in Course. For a complete list of student initiates, view the members page.

2014 initiatives 1

Butler PBK President Kristen Hoerl, Associate Professor, College of Communication provides the remarks at the 2014 ceremony.

2014 initiatives 2

Alumni and Student Initiates prepare to take their PBK oath.


Student Initiate Rebeccah Rendall accepts her PBK certificate of membership.

Allison Omalley

Dr. Alison O'Malley, Assistant Professor, Psychology is recognized as an alumni initiate.