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The purpose of Phi Beta Delta is to recognize and encourage achievements in the areas of international education and exchange. Phi Beta Delta is a national academic and professional honor society dedicated to international education.
Student membership in Phi Beta Delta is based on significant international experience, academic excellence (minimum of 3.2 GPA for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduate students), demonstrated leadership and service. Note: Membership in PBD is not limited to international students but is comprised of faculty, staff, and student members who share a commitment to academic excellence and international culture.
Phi Beta Delta traces its background to the eighteenth-century founding of Phi Beta Kappa. More recently, Phi Beta Delta was founded at CSU–Long Beach in 1986. On January 22, 2004, Dallas Baptist University (DBU) started its own chapter with Phi Beta Delta called Epsilon Phi. Joining Phi Beta Delta was motivated by supporting the vision of DBU to advance international education and cross-cultural understanding.
Phi Beta Delta is an organization that works to recognize and highlight international educational experiences. The organization was originally started at DBU by a South African student who wanted to recognize the great job that our students do through international academics. After researching different national organizations, the South African student had determined what it took to be a member of Phi Beta Delta. In December of 2003 a petition was filed with the Phi Beta Delta National headquarters to establish a DBU chapter.
After receiving a charter from the Phi Beta Delta headquarters, the student organization held its first induction in April of 2004. With the help of DBU faculty and staff, Dr. Ron Smiles, Dr. Jinsop Park, Dr. Gail Linam, and Mrs. Rebecca Brown, who spoke at the first induction ceremony. DBU’s new Phi Beta Delta organization also received tremendous support and leadership from Dr. David Strickland and Mamo Ishida, who was the first coordinator. With the help of Dr. Strickland and Mamo, Phi Beta Delta built the organization into what it is today.
- To serve as a vehicle for the development of international education;
- To provide a worldwide network of scholars involved in international service; and,
- To recognize the scholarly achievement of international students who have studied abroad along with faculty/staff who are involved in international service.
Phi stands for - love of knowledge
Beta stands for - valuing of human life
Delta stands for - achieving excellence
Sponsors Elect - Dr. Sandra Reid
Current Sponsor - Dr. Ross O'Brien
Sponsor Emeritus - Dr. Denny Dowd
President - Michael Summers
Vice President - Trang Nguyen
The 10th Annual Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony - April 2013
The 9th Annual Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony - April 2012
The 8th Annual Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony - April 2011
The 7th Annual Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony - April 2010
The 5th Annual Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony - April 2008