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Dear PBD members,

Welcome back to a new school year! I hope you had the opportunity to spend some of your summer exploring or learning about new parts of the world and that you are returning to school refreshed and full of energy for a new year.

We had a great year last year under the excellent leadership of Vickie Fu Doll, outgoing PBD president. I would like to thank her for the energy and enthusiasm with which she guided PBD, and for the excellent programming that she organized. As in past years, we had great participation in the Picture the World contest and a nice turn out for the Spring Potluck/Chapter Award Ceremony. Congratulations to Mahasweta Banerjee, who received the chapter faculty award and to Alison Watkins and Elizabeth Gould for receiving certificates of appreciation. Thank you also to our excellent speakers of last year, Marc Greenberg, Town Peterson, and Rafe Brown

We look forward to another good 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 me an email with any programming ideas you might have! As a result of past suggestions, this year we will be introducing a new award for Outstanding International Studies Student Research Paper. Stay tuned for more details.

Please also encourage your eligible friends and colleagues to consider joining PBD. Membership applications are due by September 30, and the induction ceremony will be held on the evening of November 7 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union. We look forward to seeing you there.

Megan Greene


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.

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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.


Alison Watkins, Chapter Coordinator
785-864-6161 / pbd@ku.edu 


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