Heather Ann Gunter, an undergraduate student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. The honor society recently inducted 176 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members.
Gunter is a junior with information science and psychology majors and a history minor. She is the daughter of SILS alumnus and member of the SILS Board of Visitors, Timothy Gunter (MSLS '88) of Belmont, N.C. and Debra Garrison of Gastonia.
The recent induction ceremony featured remarks by chapter executive secretary and faculty adviser James L. Leloudis, professor of history, associate dean for honors and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol.
Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements.
A student who has completed 75 hours of course work with a GPA of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has completed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify.
Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included 17 American presidents and numerous artistic, intellectual and political leaders. Seven of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices are members.
Phi Beta Kappa has 280 chapters nationwide. UNC’s chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of seven chapters in the state. Each year, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and alumni associations across the country raise and distribute more than $1 million in awards, scholarships and prizes benefiting high school and college students.
Phi Beta Kappa officers at Carolina for 2013-2014 are students Keith Pulling, president; Zoë Wolszon, vice president; and Kristen Rosano, recording secretary.