Governing Board

Letter from the Chapter President

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 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

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

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

2018-19 Officers

President: Lars Leon, Resource Sharing Librarian, Head of Organizational Development

Past President: Ketty Wong-Cruz, Associate Professor, Music

Vice President/President Elect: Martin Nedbal, Assistant Professor, Music

Domestic Student Vice-President: Matti Dimmick

International Student Vice-President:  Greg Leung

Treasurer: Yvonnes Chen, Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications

Secretary: Mike Ediger, Associate Director, International Student Services

Faculty Advisor: John Kennedy, Associate Professor, Political  Science

The Governing Board meets approximately twice each semester to plan chapter events. In addition to elected officers, the chapter coordinator participates on the governing board. The primary responsibilities of the Governing Board officers include the following:

  • Serve as policy board and governing body for the chapter.
  • Provide leadership for the chapter in its goal to recognize international scholarship on campus.
  • Represent the society to members and potential members.
  • Plan, promote, and participate in chapter events designed to facilitate the recognition of international education on campus.
  • Encourage members of the chapter to nominate potential members, submit scholarly works to the society journal, propose papers for the annual conference, and participate in chapter events.

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