International Programs and Global Engagement

Phi Beta Delta Omicron Chapter
California State University, Sacramento

Phi Beta Delta Omicron Chapter

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Upcoming Events

Initiation Ceremony
Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

What is Phi Beta Delta?

Phi Beta Delta is this nation's first honor society dedicated to recognizing individuals who have demonstrated scholarly achievement in the areas of international education and exchange. The intrinsic values of the Society are reflected in its name: Phi (Philomatheia) - love of knowledge, Beta (Biothremmonia) - regard for human life, and Delta (Diapherein) - achieving excellence; and in its colors, red and gold, which symbolize the strength of humankind and the energy of the sun from which all people and cultures draw strength.

The major objective of Phi Beta Delta is to recognize scholarly achievement in international educational interchange. By increasing the recognition, credibility and importance of the international experience and by developing a campus network of students and faculty involved in international endeavors, the society creates a catalyst on campus for international programming. In addition, through the national organization, Phi Beta Delta connects individuals on campus and throughout the U.S. involved in the international experience by recognizing the importance of these achievements in higher education.

Who belongs to Phi Beta Delta?

Membership in Phi Beta Delta is open to individuals who have demonstrated scholarly achievement in the international area. There are three categories of members: visa students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement (graduates with a minimum 3.5 grade point average and undergraduates with a minimum 3.20 grade point average); U.S. students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement (graduates with a minimum 3.5 grade point average and undergraduates with a minimum 3.20 grade point average) in the pursuit of academic studies abroad or through participation in comparable experiences where academic relevance can be demonstrated; and distinguished foreign and domestic faculty/staff who have been involved in international endeavors such as teaching, research, programming, administrating exchange programs, or providing services to international students and scholars.

When was Phi Beta Delta founded?

The Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Delta was founded in February 1986 at California State University, Long Beach. The Omicron Chapter was officially founded at California State University, Sacramento campus on October 1, 1987. In May 1987, chapter coordinators from 38 campuses met in Long Beach, California, to inaugurate the founding of the national organization.

What are the benefits of membership?

The most significant benefits are the recognition for scholarly achievement in the international area and the networking of individuals involved in international endeavors. In addition to participation in numerous campus programs, members belong to a national organization which holds an annual conference, publishes a bi-annual newsletter and an annual scholarly journal, and awards several national scholarships to outstanding members. Members receive a decorative bronze Phi Beta Delta Medallion and a membership certificate during their campus initiation ceremony.

How do I become a member?

Most prospective members are nominated by the local membership and confirmed by the chapter's Governing Board. Prospective members who wish to apply without a nomination may request an application form from the Chapter Coordinator. Application forms must be returned, along with the appropriate fees and dues, to the Chapter Coordinator prior to the initiation meeting.

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