WCU chapter of Phi Beta Delta wins award

The Delta Zeta chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars at Western Carolina University has been named recipient of the society’s Outstanding Regional Chapter Award.

The Delta Zeta chapter is the only campus organization that includes students, faculty and staff in its membership. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage top professional, academic and personal achievements in international educational activities, including fundraising, providing scholarships and travel grants, and sponsoring various international programs on campus.

John Schweikart, study abroad adviser in WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services, represented WCU and accepted the award at the 25th annual Phi Beta Delta conference in Long Beach, Calif. Schweikart and Claudia Bryant, assistant director of international programs and services, are the current institutional representatives for the WCU chapter.

Schweikart said this is the third time the Delta Zeta chapter has won the outstanding chapter award. The chapter first received the honor in 1999, two years after its founding at WCU, and then won it again in 2004.

At its most recent annual meeting and induction ceremony, WCU’s chapter welcomed 15 students and five faculty members from a wide range of academic disciplines into the society. Attracting new members and establishing student officers for future leadership positions are among the chapter’s continuing goals.

For more information about Phi Beta Delta, go online to http://www.wcu.edu/academics/office-of-international-programs-and-services/international-outreach/phi-beta-delta-honor-society/index.asp.