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April 12, 2005
Contact: Lois Greene, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-4107.

Phi Beta Delta adds 21 KU students to international education honor society


LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an international honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education, has announced 21 new undergraduate and graduate student members.

The Alpha Pi chapter of Phi Beta Delta at KU was established in April 1992 when nearly 100 international students, domestic students, faculty and staff were inducted as founding members. Phi Beta Delta was founded at 1986 at California State University at Long Beach and now has 120 chapters, including two in Mexico. Among its goals are to provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students in international endeavors as well as encourage development of academic-based international programming.

The KU Office of International Programs sponsors Phi Beta Delta, designates its coordinators and assists with its financing and support staffing. Lois Greene, associate dean of fine arts and professor of design, is president of the KU chapter.

Membership eligibility requirements include a 3.25 grade-point average in 30 or more credit hours for undergraduates and 12 hours for graduate students. In addition, study or research abroad or extracurricular activities that promote international understanding are among qualifications for U.S. students. International students can be considered for membership through their extracurricular activities in the community and region that promote international understanding, among other accomplishments.

The KU chapter sponsors a Picture the World photo contest, now in its fourth year, with proceeds helping support a travel fund for student members' presentations at national or international events. Coordinator for the contest this year is Phi Beta Delta's president-elect, John Simmons, collection manager at the KU Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center.

New members, their hometowns, majors and degrees, parents' names and high schools attended (if available) are:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Summer M. Eglinski, senior in theatre and film, daughter of Ed and Pam Eglinski; Lawrence Free State High School.
Ayako Mizumura, doctoral student in sociology.
Devdeep Sakar, master's degree student in physics.

From Lawrence and Raytown, Mo.
Malika Cathy Anne Lyon, Lawrence, doctoral student in curriculum and instruction, daughter of Barbara Lyon, Raytown, Mo.; Raytown South High School.

From Lawrence and Moneta and Blue Ridge, Va.
Michael L. Brown, master's degree student in counseling psychology and doctoral student in Spanish, son of Chuck and Joyce Branson, Moneta, Va., and Louise Walden, Blue Ridge, Va.; Staunton River High School, Moneta.

From Lawrence and Lakatamia, Cyprus
Ioannis Zachariou, doctoral student in mathematics, son of Christakis Zachariou and Maria Zachariou, both of Lakatamia, Cyprus.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Lev. T. Mass, senior in international studies, political science and business administration, son of Gary and Cynthia Jacobsen Mass; Blue Valley North High School.

From Overland Park
Edwin Thomas Mitchell, junior in accounting and business administration, son of James and Deborah Mitchell; Blue Valley North High School.
Jomana Qaddour, senior in human biology and international studies, daughter of Jihad and Rouyda Qaddour; Olathe East High School.
Amy Rebecca Waldron, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, daughter of John and Barbara Waldron; Shawnee Mission South High School.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Stephanie E. Kirmer, senior in European studies and sociology, daughter of Deb Kirmer; Shawnee Heights High School.
Adam R. Kostecki, senior in communication studies and international studies, son of Donald and Netti Kostecki; Topeka High School.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City
Jonathan Dale Evenson, senior in East Asian languages and cultures, international studies and political science, son of Patricia Decker; Grandview C4 Senior High School, Grandview, Mo.

From Raytown and Lawrence, Kan.
Malika Cathy Anne Lyon. See Douglas County, Kan.

VIRGINIA
From Moneta and Blue Ridge, Va., and Lawrence Kan.
Michael L. Brown. See Douglas County, Kan.

BOLIVIA
From La Paz
Juan Araoz, junior in economics and business administration.

COSTA RICA
From Heredia
Ana Patricia Barquero-Vargas, master's degree student in curriculum and instruction.

CYPRUS
From Lakatamia and Lawrence, Kan.
Ioannis Zachariou. See Douglas County, Kan.

HONG KONG
Tai Po
Chungkam Yeung, senior in economics and journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Pi-tak Peter Yeung and Lai-fong Marina Yeung.

INDONESIA
From Jakarta
Kweeshin Yeo, senior in international studies, journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis) and Spanish, daughter of Jie Soey and Yeo Kim Seong Lin.

ITALY
From Perguia
Silvia Bianchi, master's degree student in aerospace engineering, daughter of Carlo Bianchi and Cesarina Becchetti.

JAMAICA
From St. Catherine
Carleen Annette Roberts, master's degree student in social work.

JAPAN
From Sagamihara
Eri Kagaya, senior in geography and international studies with a minor in German, daughter of Hajime Kagaya.

TAIWAN
From Panchiao City, Taipei
Ya-Huei Chen, who received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in December 2004, daughter of Ting-Chih Chen and Pao-Lien Chiu.

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