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Dear PBD Members,

I hope your semester is off to a good start and your classes are going well. I also hope you had the opportunity to spend some of your summer exploring or learning about new parts of the world and that you are back in school refreshed and full of energy for another academic year. I would like to thank Megan Green, outgoing PBD president, for her excellent leadership and ideas for new activities and programs. I also want to thank the Executive Board members who completed their terms, 2016-2017, for their support.  Welcome to incoming board members for 2017-2018!

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!

Last spring, we organized the first PBD Best Graduate Student Paper on an International Topic Competition, and we had a very good turn out–a total of 18 participants. Congratulations to Debby Adams and Christy Miller, who received the awards in the category of best paper written for a course, and best paper written for dissertation hours, respectively, at the Spring Potluck/Chapter Award Ceremony. We will organize the competition again in Spring 2018, so stay tuned for information.

This year we will be introducing “An Evening of International Music,” a concert presenting folk, popular, and classical musics from around the world to the local community. This event will take place on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm, Swarthout Recital Hall. This year we will listen music from China, Korea, India, Turkmenistan, Ecuador, Brazil, and Trinidad & Tobago.  We also plan to organize monthly discussion groups and international dance workshops, so any ideas or volunteers for these activities are more than welcome.

Please also encourage your eligible friends and colleagues to consider joining PBD.

Information about eligibility can be found here: https://international.ku.edu/pbd

Membership applications are due by October 2, and the induction ceremony will be held on the evening of November 14 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union. We look forward to seeing you there. Membership renewal fees are also due by October 2. 

Many thanks to ALL PBD members for your participation and support.

Ketty Wong


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.

How to Join

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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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