The Alpha Association of Indiana

recipient of the 2009 Award for Outstanding Association

Indiana Alpha Association

  • To recognize and reward scholastic excellence of students in pursuit of liberal arts education
  • To celebrate our members' shared appreciation of education in general and liberal arts education in particular
  • To facilitate continued learning by our members through the exchange of ideas and experiences.


About Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest Greek-letter society in America, was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Greek letters ΦBK stand for the society's motto, "Love of wisdom, the guide of life." For over two hundred years election to Phi Beta Kappa during a student's college career is a recognition of the highest intellectual capacity and academic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.

Alpha Association of Indiana is one of more than fifty active alumni associations of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States which seek to foster scholarship in the secondary schools and liberal education in the college campus.


Recent News /Announcements




Alpha Association of Indiana, Phi Beta Kappa

April 1, 2015

Dear Alpha Association of Indiana Member, The 2015 Annual Dinner Meeting of the Alpha Association of Indiana, Phi Beta Kappa, will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Woodstock Club. Details of the event are described on the enclosed reservation form. We look forward to welcoming members of the Association and their guests, and we urge you to share this invitation with Phi Beta Kappa members that you know who might like to become members of Alpha Association.

The guest speaker following this year’s brief business meeting will be Dr. Chris Edwards a high school educator for some thirteen years who currently teaches World History and Advanced Placement World History at Fishers High School. Chris will speak to us about “The Scientific Revolution and its Sequel: Recent Developments in Philosophy and Science and the Future of Education”. His extensive work in secondary education and his innovative techniques for teaching social studies and history will be of great interest to us all. Widely published in education journals and books, Chris has developed a new form of critical thinking that uses cross-curricular methods and analogy-making to approach both scientific and philosophical problems and he connects this thinking process with educational theory.

We wish to thank once again those members who contribute directly to our Outstanding High School Juniors award through the multi-level dues structure. Last year, we awarded 26 outstanding students a $100.00 bookstore gift card. Local high schools are eager to have their students receive our award. On the accompanying form you will note that the dues payment for the Scholastic Sponsor level is now $120.00, which represents the $100.00 award in toto given to a student plus $20.00 for general membership dues. Members selecting the Scholastic Sponsor level are invited to sponsor, if you choose, a local high school of your choice that is not already represented, or you may assign your name to a high school on the list of Marion County schools not already sponsored by a member. We welcomed new Scholastic Sponsors this past year and one new school thanks to a member specifically selecting that high school. Your support of Alpha Association and its awards program is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Among our activities this year was a very successful book discussion on March 23 led by board member Jeff Rasley of his book "Godless – Living a Valuable Life beyond Beliefs" (2014), an event co-sponsored with Butler University’s PBK chapter and its Center for Faith and Vocation.

I look forward to seeing you and your guests at the Annual Dinner Meeting of Alpha Association on Tuesday, May 12th. Please return the enclosed dinner reservation along with your dues payment to Joel Tragesser at the address listed on the form.

Yours sincerely,

Rosalie Vermette, President


"Godless: Living a Valuable Life Beyond Beliefs" Phi Beta Kappa Book Talk/Guest Speaker

Mon., March 23, 2015, 7:00 PM, Eidson Duckwell Recital Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis

Sponsored by: Alpha Alumni Association of Indiana Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Beta Kappa gamma chapter of Butler University; Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University

Jeff Rasley, author, "Godless: Living a Valuable Life Beyond Beliefs," Jeff was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Chicago. His undergraduate studies combined concentrations in Philosophy, Religion, and Politics. He received a J.D. with Honors from Indiana University and was co-valedictorian at Christian Theological Seminary where he received an M.Div. He teaches a class on philanthropy and nonprofit organizations in the Butler University Honors Program.

Premise "Beliefs divide us, Values unite us." The history of religious and political extremism and intolerance is bloody. Strict fundamentalist believers divide the world into us and them and sometimes kill and torture "them". Millions were slaughtered during the 20th Century for opposing or advocating Fascism and Marxism. The US Congress is dysfunctional and gridlocked by political ideologues. Jeff Rasley's book, Godless - Living a Valuable Life beyond Beliefs, proposes a cure for the pathology of fanatical religious and political beliefs. "Godless" synthesizes the wisdom of ancient animism Rasley has learned from the Rai people of Nepal, Quaker values, and the classic American philosophy of Pragmatism to describe a values-based way of living and decision-making. The method is "beyond beliefs".


Join Alpha Chapter on Fri., Feb. 20, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

for "Peter Pan" - Silent Film with Live Orchestra.

The collaboration between the ICO and IMA continues with the screening of another classic silent film, the great Peter Pan! Ingeniously capturing the mysteries and adventures of childhood, James M. Barrie’s timeless play became one of the most popular films of the twenties. Paramount Studios' 1924 production has been fully restored from original nitrate materials with authentic color tints, and Philip Carli has a new orchestration of the original score that the ICO will premiere. Betty Bronson stars as Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, who charms Wendy and her brothers to fly with him to Never Never Land. Come delight in the island of dreams and magic, while listening to the brilliant new orchestration! Tickets Adult $30, Student $12

Phi Beta Kappa discount ($5 off an adult ticket) so you get a $25.

No discount on student tickets

Simply call the ICO office at 317-940-9607 and mention the Phi Beta Kappa discount. Tickets will be held at will call.


Alpha Chapter will also join the University of Chicago Alumni on Monday, February 16, in Indianapolis for "The Liberal Arts on Life Support: Code Maroon". Professor Richard Gunderman, M.D. will make a presentation to the University of Chicago Alumni on Monday, February 16 at 6:00 PM at The Athenaeum, Max Kade Suite, 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. This presentation is open to the IUPUI community. Registration details are in the link below.

This event will be a conversation with educator and UChicago alumnus Richard Gunderman (PhD'89, MD'92) on the state of liberal arts education.

Tickets in advance are needed. $25 **********************************************************************************



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