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PHI BETA KAPPA SOCIETY
GAMMA OF IOWA IN DRAKE
ig? By PROF. F. I. I-IERRIOTT
ml Member of Beta of Iowa at Grinnell
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On September IZ, 1922 in the city of Cleveland the triennial Council of the
QQ? United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa voted Without dissent to authorize the grant
21.3 of a charter to the applicant members from Drake to establish a chapter of the
Fraternity in the College of Liberal Arts.
In consequence of that action the Gamma Chapter of the Society was installed
at Craig I-Iouse on the afternoon of Thursday, April 19, IQ23. As Drake's applica-
tion Was first endorsed by the Beta Chapter at Grinnell it was fitting that Presi-
fvggg dent lVIain of Grinnell College should bring the charter to Drake and induct the
third chapter in Iowa into being.
The authorities, alumni, students, and friends of Drake may feel a decided
sense of satisfaction in the event. Phi Beta Kappa is the most noted Honorary
Scholastic Society in the country. The first chapter was established at XVilliam
and Mary College in old Virginia on December 5, 1776. Charters were granted
very cautiously not to say grudgingly. Brown applied in 1790 and secured her
,HF chapter in 1830. Prior to 1880 only twenty-four charters had been granted. In
'W 1881 a national organization Was formed to extend the influence of the fraternity.
Since then on the average, five chapters have been authorized at the successive
triennial sessions of the Councils of delegates from the Chapters. There are now
QW' ninety-eight chapters.
its The sole purpose of Phi Beta Kappa is the encouragement and distinction
of superior scholarship among collegians and the enhancement of friendship among
ti., them. No other consideration determines election, than scholarship as shown
Sf! by the Work done in class rooms and laboratories, or notable achievement in later
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Drake's application for a charter was signed by seventeen members of eleven
chapters located in ten states who have been members of the faculties of Drake,
chiefly ofthe College of Liberal Arts: Dr. C. B. Newcomer, Professor F. I. Herriott,
Mrs. Zoe W. Seevers, Dr. G. H. Hill, Nlr. VV. I. Easly, Mrs. Bertha Sunier Sawyer,
Mr. Phillips Goddard, Dr. Gilbert Rich, lVIr. Slade Kendrick, Dr. C. G. F.
Franzen, lVlr. Adelbert Ford, lkflr. Aura Smith, III, Dr. Geo. B. Phillips, lVlr. S.
P. Nlizwa, hir. C. P. Lahman, Nfr. Paul H. Blakemore and lVliss Esther C. Fed-
Their application was endorsed by the Chapters of Grinnell and lowa and
thereafter by those of the Universities of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota,
Chicago, Princeton, Columbia,Northwestern and Wesleyfean at Middletown Con-
In a statement prepared by the present writer, who acted as Correspondent
for the applicants, giving considerations which justified the grant of a charter
to Drake, it was shown that for three decades and more her students had been
received at the doors of the oldest and strongest institutions of learning in the
land, and in the universities of Great Britain and continental Europe, and accorded
the same consideration given the matriculates or graduates of the most famous
and favored seats of learning.
The alumni of Drake have not only been received equally with all other comers
but they have won honors and distinction, Fellowships and Scholarships, in com-
petition with the graduates of the most noted institutions of the world. A convincing
array of instances was given, showing the careers of Drake's alumni at the Univer-
sities of Chicago, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, California and in continental Europe.
Equally creditable and striking were the showings as to the later careers of Drake's
alumni. They not only secured honors and highest Nfagistral and Doctoral degrees
at those universities but they'were appointed to positions on the teaching staffs
of nearly thirty colleges and institutions wherein Phi Beta Kappa Chapters control
and signalize high scholarship.
The action of the triennial council of the United Chapters at Cleveland on
September 12, 1923 was, therefore, a recognition de jure of what the authorities
and faculties of the institutions there represented had for three decades and more
One of the pleasant features of the coming of the new Chapter of Phi Beta
Kappa to Drake has been the demonstration of the energetic good will and active
friendship of the members of the faculties of Grinnell and Chicago, Northwestern
and Princeton in securing favorable action at Cleveland, and they were friends
who were academicians of note and knew the faculty and students of Drake.
The simple and sole purpose of the new Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will be
the discrimination and distinction of the best scholars in each of the graduating
classes in the College of Liberal Arts as the years come and go. Under the By-
laws of the Chapter, not to exceed one sixth of each class will be elected. The
alumni are eligible upon the 'basis of their achievement after graduation. The
charter members have elected some thirty Foundation Nlembers from the most
distinguished alumni and the chapter will elect more in the course of time. The
Chapter will act as a sharp spur to steady student effort and more and better work.
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