Corliss Süllwold
International Education associate director, 308.865.8946

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is establishing a chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an honor society for students who are majoring in international studies, have studied abroad or who are doing research on international issues, as well as international students, according to Corliss Süllwold, Phi Beta Delta chapter coordinator.

“The mission of Phi Beta Delta is to foster international awareness on the UNK campus,” Süllwold said.  “In addition the society will provide an excellent vehicle for networking with individuals both nationally and internationally who have similar interests.” Membership is open to all who qualify after at least one semester of UNK enrollment as an upper division or graduate student. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“In addition, students must demonstrate international competency through completion of 36 UNK credit hours, international or intercultural coursework, or experience in studying, researching, living or working abroad or involvement in other international endeavors,” Süllwold said.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 1. The application is available at the International Student Services Web site at http://www.unk.edu/offices/iss/home.htm   For additional information call: (308) 865- 8953. New members will be inducted in November.

“Phi Beta Delta is not only for students,” she said.  “Faculty, staff and administration may qualify for Phi Beta Delta by teaching courses in international or intercultural studies, and/or personal involvement in international or intercultural affairs, or research on related fields.”

Founded in 1986 at California State University, Long Beach, Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. UNK, whose charter petition was approved last May, is one of more than 100 chapters in the United States and two chapters in Mexico.

The goals of Phi Beta Delta are 1) to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities; 2) to serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming; 3) to provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors; and 4) to extend this network to thousands of members in chapters throughout the world.