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“What it Takes to Get the Most From Your College Education”


MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OHIO - (April 29, 2012) - Thomas Chema, president of Hiram College, will speak at the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa’s Annual Scholastic Awards Banquet, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. The Phi Beta Kappa chapter this year is recognizing more than 100 outstanding graduating seniors from high schools across Northeast Ohio at the 12:30 p.m. event on Sunday, May 6.

For more than fifty years, the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa has recognized academic achievement among graduating seniors at public, private, and parochial high schools across Northeast Ohio. Each year, teachers at approximately 120 participating schools have the opportunity to select one student in their graduating class who is not only in the top ten percent of the class but also “demonstrates qualities of academic honesty, inquiry into scholarship matters which goes beyond assignments and requirements, a creative involvement in scholarship, and great interest in things of the mind.”

This award is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious honors a high school student can receive. Each student’s name will be engraved on the Phi Beta Kappa plaque that is permanently displayed at each school.

Mr. Chema will deliver the event's keynote address, “Are You Willing to Ask? My Thoughts on What it Takes to Get the Most From Your College Education.” Mr. Chema was named the 21st President of Hiram College in 2003. During his presidency, Hiram has experienced tremendous growth in enrollment, new programs, and campus facilities while enjoying increased visibility and an enhanced position in the higher education marketplace.

A native of East Liverpool, Ohio, Mr. Chema is a 1968 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He is a 1971 Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

In 1990, he was appointed executive director of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation and was responsible for overseeing the public/private partnership that led to the financing and construction of Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

About the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa
The Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa was established in 1947 to support the ideals of the Society through academic, social, and community-based programs. The Cleveland Association draws its membership from more than 3,700 residents of the Greater Cleveland area who were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society as undergraduates. The Cleveland Association is one of over fifty similar Phi Beta Kappa associations across the country comprised of local Phi Beta Kappa members.

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Among its programs are academic and literary awards, lectureships, a fellowship, a professorship, and publication of The American Scholar, an award-winning quarterly journal.

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Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema

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Howard D. Fencl
Chair, Marketing and Public Relations Committee
Phi Beta Kappa, Cleveland Chapter


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Cleveland Association of ΦBK Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Mark your calendar and plan to join us at the Landerhaven on Sunday, May 6, 2018 to recognize outstanding local high school students as they embark on their college careers.

Keynote speaker will be Beverly J. Warren, president, Kent State University.

The Kent State chapter of ΦBK, Nu of Ohio, was granted its charter by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1977.

  • DATE: Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • PLACE: Landerhaven


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