Ailinger Honored at Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony

Posted: April 7, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The Epsilon Delta chapter of the Phi Beta Delta honor society for international scholars marks its third induction ceremony today by bringing in 100 new faculty, staff, and students, and by celebrating two awards conferred at the national convention in March. Rita Ailinger, College of Nursing and Health Science, received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education. The university’s chapter was honored as the Outstanding Chapter for the Southeast Region.

Ailinger was chosen for the national award because of her work in Nicaragua for the past eight years. She and Suzanne Molloy, Student Health Services, travel there with a group of 8 to 10 undergraduate and graduate nursing students each year during the January intercession. “My colleague and I teach the students community health nursing in an impoverished community in Managua,” Ailinger says. “We work closely with the faculty from the Universidad Politecnica de Nicaragua where we have helped develop the first master’s in nursing program in Nicaragua and Central America.”

Mason’s Epsilon Delta chapter was singled out because of the variety and extent of its activities. “We were one of the most active chapters,” says Julie Christensen, associate provost for educational programs and Phi Beta Delta chapter coordinator. Christensen accepted the awards on behalf of the university at the honor society’s annual conference at Universidad de las Americas in Mexico.

The induction ceremony today, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Dewberry Hall, will feature remarks by Robert Clark, director of the Honors Program in General Education and president of the Phi Beta Delta executive committee, and a special dance presentation by student Michelle Goldin. A reception will follow.

The George Mason chapter of Phi Beta Delta was established in April 2001. New members are nominated to the society on the basis of academic achievement and participation in international educational activities. The aim of Phi Beta Delta is to recognize and encourage professional, intellectual, and personal achievements in the field of international education. The society serves as a means of encouraging interdisciplinary and intergenerational contacts and promoting the exchange of ideas and information in international affairs among George Mason students, faculty, and staff with other academic institutions.

This year’s faculty and staff inductees are Beth Bullard, Music; Terri Crowl, Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS); Andrew Flagel, Admissions; Michael Randy Gabel, Mathematics and New Century College; Marcy Glover, Office of the Provost; James Harvey, School of Management (SOM); James Lepore, Dance; Jack Levy, Graduate School of Education; Michal McElwain, School of Public Policy; Ryszard Michalski, School of Computational Sciences; Margaret Moss, College of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS); Lorraine Rudowski, CNHS; Patricia Sperry, Center for Global Education; John Stanbury, SOM; Cynthia Tasaki, OIPS; and Ruimin Zhang, OIPS.

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