George Mason Inducts Students into International Honor Society

Posted: May 22, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Earlier this month, 75 George Mason students, faculty, and staff were inducted into Epsilon Delta, a newly formed chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.

Signifying the importance the university places on international education, President Alan Merten and Provost Peter Stearns were on hand to deliver remarks to the inductees. Faculty founding members are Rita Carty, dean and professor in the College of Nursing and Health Science; John Paden, Robinson Professor and professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs; and Julie Christensen, associate provost for education programs. Eileen Evans, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Phi Beta Delta regional vice president for the southeast, represented the society at the induction.

Inductees included graduate and undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.9 and above who were recommended by their advisors, departmental chairs, and college deans, and are either international students or Americans who have studied abroad. Faculty and staff members who have been particularly supportive of global and international education were also inducted. Faculty members will serve as advisors and mentors for the honor society in the next academic year.

Christensen, who chaired the chapter organizing committee, notes that there are many more qualified students at the university who will be invited to join Epsilon Delta in the future. “This is only the beginning. We expect the chapter to grow every year as it becomes a network for students, faculty, and staff interested and involved in international activities,” she says.

Phi Beta Delta has more than 10,500 members in 120 chapters worldwide.

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