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Dear PBD Members,

Welcome to a new academic year!  We are looking forward to continuing some previous events while exploring new collaborative opportunities.  We all know how increasingly important international understanding and engagement is.  I would like to thank Ketty Wong, outgoing PBD president, for leading last year’s excellent efforts. I would also like to really thank Alison Watkins who has been our local Chapter Coordinator for a number of years.  Our new Board is able to really get running this year by building on the excellent work Ketty, Alison and the rest of the Board did last year.

We look forward to a great year and to your participation in PBD activities. I welcome your suggestions for activities or events – what kinds of event would you find especially meaningful? Please don’t hesitate to send an email to pbd@ku.edu with any programming ideas you might have!

Our PBD Board will have an emphasis this year of identifying collaborative opportunities with other groups on campus with an international theme. If you are in a group that would like to explore what we can do together please contact us at pbd@ku.edu

Are you a KU student, faculty, or staff involved with some aspect of international efforts that would like to apply for PBD membership? Our deadline this year is October 12. Eligibility information is available at https://international.ku.edu/membership

Two events for the fall are already scheduled.  Please consider joining us on October 20 at 7:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall for “An Evening of International Music.”  It will be a fun evening with different types of international music.  Another important evening will be our induction ceremony for new members which will be November 14 at 7:30pm in the Kansas Union Malott Room. We will hear from a guest speaker and induct new members. It is a great time to meet and talk with others involved with international efforts.

We will be looking to repeat some previous efforts such as PBD Best Graduate Student Paper on an International Topic competition. We received excellent entries in spring 2018 which made it challenging to select.  Look for more information on that, additional fall events, and other spring activities on this page in the future.

Thank you to ALL PBD members for your participation and support.

Lars Leon


Phi Beta Delta

The Alpha Pi chapter of Phi Beta Delta at the University of Kansas was founded on April 7, 1992. The University of Kansas chapter strives to recognize students, faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves through their participation in international education. This includes international and American students, both graduate and undergraduate, who have distinguished themselves academically and in their extra-curricular activities at KU. It also includes faculty and staff who have significantly contributed to international education at the university. Currently, the KU chapter has approximately 65 active students, faculty and staff members.


What is Phi Beta Delta?

Founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, Phi Beta Delta was established as a national organization in 1987 with 38 charter chapters. It is the first national honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. Phi Beta Delta's goals are:
  • to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad and staff who are involved in international activities;
  • to serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming;
  • to provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors; and
  • to extend this network to thousands of members in chapters across the United States and other countries.

The international organization of Phi Beta Delta, under the leadership of the Board of Directors, sets criteria for, and approves the formation of, new chapters. It provides on-going support in the development of existing chapters. The Board coordinates an annual conference, which consists of panels and invited papers designed to explore the significant issues of international education and exchange. Society annual dues fund a variety of initiatives, including the society newsletter, The Medallion, an annual scholarly journal, and a program that provides fellowships for faculty/staff and scholarships for students. The society's journal, The Phi Beta Delta International Review, publishes the proceedings of the annual conference and other writings on international issues.


Emma Hage, Chapter Coordinator
785-864-6161 / pbd@ku.edu 


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