International Studies Honor Society
Phi Beta Delta - Epsilon Chi Chapter
Since the 2004-2005 academic year, the IWU International Studies Program has inducted
240 junior and senior students into the Phi Beta Delta - Epsilon Chi Chapter.
The Objectives and Symbols of Phi Beta Delta:
- To recognize achievement in international educational interchange;
- To increase the recognition, credibility, and importance of the international experience;
- To develop a cadre of individuals - students, faculty, and staff - involved in the
- To create a catalyst for international academic-based programming on campus; and
- To connect individuals on US campuses involved in the international experience.
The members of Epsilon Chi Chapter purpose is to support the achievement of these
objectives throughout the campus community of Illinois Wesleyan University.
The symbols of Phi Beta Delta include the name, colors, crest motto and medallion.
The name of the Society embodies its values:
Phi philomatheia Love of knowledge (fee low mah taya)
Beta biotremmonia Valuing of human life (bee oh trem monya)
Delta diapheren Achieving excellence (dee ah fair en)
The colors of the Society are red and gold, symbolizing the strength of humankind
and the energy of the sun from which all people and cultures draw strength and life.
The crest is presented in the colors of the Society. The globe represents the international
perspective of the Society's members. The torch represents the leadership and influence
of the society. The sun represents the energy from which all cultures draw strength.
The book represents the coining and sharing of knowledge. The shield represents the
preservation of academic freedom.
The motto -
Scientia Mutua Mundi
(pronounced see en tee ah moo too a moon dee) or "World's Shared Knowledge" -
is inscribed at the base of the crest.
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