Phi Beta Delta Induction 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Over 50 Oklahoma State University internationalists attended The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta held its annual induction on November 17, 2010 during International Education Week. The Chapter welcomed 18 new members and two honorary members into the prestigious honor society for international scholars. The chapter now numbers 239 members of which 28 are honorary. 2010 Phi Beta Delta student award winners, Michelle Black and Assa Kante, were recognized.

Dr. Estella Atekwana, SUN Chair, professor of Geology, and 2009 recipient of the OSU International Education Faculty Excellence Award, delivered the keynote address, Breaking the Mold: Student Research in Sub Saharan Africa. Dr. Atekwana was recognized for her international accomplishments and awarded honorary membership in Phi Beta Delta.

Provost Robert Sternberg also received honorary membership and gave closing remarks, outlining the benefits of international education, including the awareness that there is more than one right answer and that one can encounter unanticipated learning by sojourning abroad.

Table prepared for presentation of medallions.
Table prepared for presentation of medallions.
Attendees awaiting the beginning of the ceremony, Estella Atekwana in foreground.
Attendees awaiting the beginning of the ceremony, Estella Atekwana in foreground.
View of the assembly room.
View of the assembly room.
Chapter Treasurer and Phi Beta Delta Southwest Region Vice President Tim Huff reviews  chapter history
Chapter Treasurer and Phi Beta Delta Southwest Region Vice President Tim Huff reviews chapter history
Chapter International Student Representative, Vivian Wang, and substitute U.S. Student  Representative Kat Henry (for Jeff Smith) explain the Phi Beta Delta crest and Colors
Chapter International Student Representative, Vivian Wang, and substitute U.S. Student Representative Kat Henry (for Jeff Smith) explain the Phi Beta Delta crest and Colors
Keynote speaker, Dr. Estella Atekwana.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Estella Atekwana.
Chapter President presents Dr. Atekwana with a gift.
Chapter President presents Dr. Atekwana with a gift.
David Henneberry, interim Assoc. Vice President for International Studies and Outreach Bestows honorary membership on Provost Robert Sternberg.
David Henneberry, interim Assoc. Vice President for International Studies and Outreach Bestows honorary membership on Provost Robert Sternberg.
Dr. Sternberg gives closing remarks.
Dr. Sternberg gives closing remarks.
New members with Dr. Henneberry (third from left) and Phi Beta Delta president, Nani  Pybus, (far right).
New members with Dr. Henneberry (third from left) and Phi Beta Delta president, Nani Pybus, (far right).