Phi Beta Delta announces induction of new members

Wed, December 11, 2013

Twenty Oklahoma State University students, faculty and staff were inducted into the Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Phi Beta Delta on Nov. 20 in Stillwater.

Founded at OSU in 2003 with sixty members, Epsilon Upsilon now boasts over 250 members who strive to recognize international achievement, promote exchange of ideas within international activities and encourage interdisciplinary international programming.

“This is a group of people whose interests take us to a variety of destinations around the world, fostering the land-grant mission for research and service on a global scale,” said Jeff Simpson, Phi Beta Delta, Epsilon Upsilon Chapter coordinator.

Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society focusing on the recognition of scholarly development and work within international education. Its history traces back to the 18th century when it was first named Phi Beta Kappa. Currently, 190 chapters have been chartered around the world. 

The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter received the Outstanding Chapter Award for the Southwest Region in 2012. 

New members are listed below:



Long Beach: Sean Corrigan, MS-International Studies


New Port Richey: De Vere Kiss, MS- Aviation and Space

Lorain: Catherine Molleno, MS- International Studies 


Austin: Nichole McAfee, MS- Political Science

Plano: Xuetain Hou, Accounting 


Jakarta: Patricia Tandra, BS- Industrial Engineering & Management 


Baghdad: Semar Abid, Ph.D.- Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Mosul: Ahmed Moneeb, Ph.D.- Chemistry


Bhola Panta, MS-Entrepreneurship


Ganemulla: Renuka Rathnasekara, Ph.D.- Chemistry


Taichung: Yung-Feng Huang, Hotel & Restaurant Administration 


Dr. Pamela S. Carroll; Dean, College of Education

Dr. Bret Danilowicz; Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. James Pappas; Assistant Professor – Management

Dr. Jean Sander; Dean, Veterinary Health Sciences

Dr. Daniel Shipka; Assistant Professor- Media & Strategic Communications

Dr. Paul Tikalsky; Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology

Dr. Sheryl Tucker; Dean, Graduate College

Dr. Stephan Wilson; Dean, College of Human Sciences 

Story by Kaitlin Loyd