March 5, 2004

Contact: Margaret Coffey, Alpha Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, (785) 864-1307.

KU graduate student wins Phi Beta Delta Society national Domestic Student Award

LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas graduate student has won the Phi Beta Delta Society's national Domestic Student Award. Sabra Volek, master's degree student in international relations, was selected out of nominees from 133 chapters nationwide in recognition of her involvement in international activities.

Volek, daughter of Tom and Melody Volek of Lawrence, is in Hungary researching her master's thesis about NATO's role in the war on terrorism. She received her bachelor's degree in political science and Slavic languages from KU in 2003. Volek has studied at Central European University in Hungary and conducted research at the NATO Research and Information Center in Budapest, Hungary. She is a member of the KU political science honor society and Golden Key Society. Volek is a graduate of Lawrence High School.

Phi Beta Delta is an international honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. In considering applicants for the Domestic Student Award, the Phi Beta Delta Awards Committee considers study abroad experience, academic achievement and involvement in international activities on their campuses and in the larger community, said Gary Cretser, national director of awards for Phi Beta Delta in Washington, D.C.

Volek has spent two of the past three years abroad. She has immersed herself in foreign languages and cultures since she was 16 years old, when she spent six months living in St. Petersburg, Russia, with her family.

The KU chapter of Phi Beta Delta, Alpha Pi, nominated three other chapter members for national awards. Jo Hardesty, director and managing attorney of KU's Legal Services for Students, was nominated for the Phi Beta Delta Staff Award. Clarence Henry, associate professor of music and dance, was nominated for the Phi Beta Delta Faculty Award. Alpha Pi nominated Hasheem Mannan, a doctoral student in special education from Madras, India, for the Phi Beta Delta International Student Award.

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