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April 2009

Release Date: April 20, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Approved for International Honor Society Chapter

Angelo State University has been approved to charter a new chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

The new organization will be named the Eta Eta chapter of Phi Beta Delta and is tentatively slated to conduct its first induction ceremony during the upcoming fall semester. One of the distinctives of the honor society is that it is open to everyone on campus, not just students.

“It can be faculty, staff or students that have some knowledge, experience or scholarship in international issues,” said Dr. Sharynn Tomlin, director of ASU’s Center for International Studies. “It is not specific to any one discipline either. It can be for any field of study as long as that particular person is working in an area outside the domestic boundaries.”

Examples of those eligible for nomination include faculty and staff who have done overseas research and students who have studied abroad. Nominations for membership in the new ASU chapter will be announced within the next month.

Tomlin spearheaded ASU’s application for a chapter. A letter to her from the Phi Beta Delta executive director states, “Your petition demonstrates a solid commitment to internationalization of the university environment. We also appreciate the strong letter of commitment from President Rallo. In keeping with this commitment, ASU’s small but dynamic international component is laudable. Finally, there are excellent programs at your university and they also support the mission of Phi Beta Delta.”

Phi Beta Delta was founded in 1986 with 38 chartered chapters. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education and now has more than 170 chapters worldwide. Its goals are to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and academics who have studied abroad, and faculty 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 throughout the world.