Honor Society for International Scholars to Induct New Members

April 10, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Epsilon Chi chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an education honor society for international scholars, will hold its third induction ceremony on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Davidson Room of the Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington). 

The ceremony and reception to follow is free and open to the public. 

Thirty-six students and five faculty members will join the chapter, established in 2005 by Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of International Studies Teodora Amoloza.  The inductees were chosen based on various contributions to international scholarship, including IWU students who excelled academically as they studied abroad, international students who have excelled academically while studying at IWU and faculty and staff who have taught, conducted research, administered exchange programs or provided services and programs to international students and scholars.  Professor Sonja Fritzsche, assistant professor of German and Eastern European Studies, will deliver the keynote address.

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society was founded in 1986 to recognize students, faculty and administrators whose internationalism has promoted the idea of a connected world, respect for diverse traditions and the need for education to enhance knowledge of the many cultures that make up a global community.

The 2007 Phi Beta Delta inductees are:

Graduating Class of 2007:

• Amanda Andrews, a senior music major from Geneva, Ill. (Geneva Community HS);

• Allison Bannerman, a senior political science major from Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Bainbridge HS);

• Patrick Beary, a senior international studies major from New Lenox, Ill. (Providence Catholic HS);

• Joanna Byrne, a senior educational studies and French major from Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West HS);

• Sarah Campbell, a senior international studies and political science major from Rochester Hills, Mich. (Rochester Adams HS);

• Elizabeth Chandler, a senior political science major from Petersburg, Ill. (Athens Community HS);

• Erin Cruz, a senior international business and Spanish major from Des Plaines, Ill. (Maine West HS);

• Eric E. Fatla, a senior history and political science major from Frankfort, Ill. (Lincoln-Way East HS);

• Myla Green, a senior women’s studies major from Homewood, Ill. (Sudbury Valley HS);

• Marissa Holloway, a senior political science and international studies major from Naples, Fla. (Gulf Coast HS);

• Erica E. Laney, a senior sociology and Hispanic studies major from Aurora, Ill. (Warrbonsic Valley HS);

• David C. Mainer, a senior music composition major from St. Louis, Mo. (Chaminade College Prep School);

• Milos Martinov, a senior political science major from Nicosia, Cyprus (American International School in Cyprus);

• Shannon T. O’Rourke, a senior international studies and political science major from Ada, Mich. (Forest Hills Central HS);

• Amanda ReCupido, a senior English-writing major from Hoffman Estates, Ill. (William Fremd HS);

• Anton Samrai, a senior accounting major from Kishinev, Moldolva (Gaudeamus HS);

• Daniel Sherrick, a senior international studies major from Mason City, Iowa (Mason City HS);

• Rachel Marie Slough, a senior English-literature and Hispanic studies major from Charleston, Ill. (Charleston HS);

• Marissa Tartaglia, a senior international studies and Hispanic studies major from Elmwood Park, Ill. (Fenwick HS);

• Kathleen Tobin, a senior political science and sociology major from Burr Ridge, Ill. (Hinsdale South HS);

• Jaclyn Toomey, a senior international business and Hispanic studies major from Crete, Ill. (Marian Catholic HS).

Graduating Class of 2008:

• Carol Ambrose, a junior mathematics and Hispanic studies major from Schaumburg, Ill. (Hoffman Estates HS);

• Craig Brauer, a junior biology major from Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community West HS);

• Kathleen Byrnes, a junior sociology major from Lansing, Ill. (Marian Catholic HS);

• Jaimie Clapp, a junior educational studies and Hispanic studies major from Des Plaines, Ill. (Elk Grove HS);

• Jacqueline Granados, a junior business administration major from Wheaton, Ill. (Glenbard South HS);

• Rachel Elizabeth Halfpap, a junior international studies and Hispanic studies major from Quincy, Ill. (Quincy Senior HS);

• Emily Herrell, a junior Greek and Roman studies major from Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North HS);

• Valerie Higgins, a junior English-writing major from Homewood, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor County HS);

• Colleen Hile, a junior history major from Naperville, Ill. (Benet Academy HS);

• Eric Johnson, a junior accounting and political science major from Aurora, Ill. (Waubonsic Valley HS);

• Sarah Schwartz, a junior Hispanic studies major from Vernon Hills, Ill. (Vernon Hills HS);

• Erin Swanson, a junior vocal performance major from Monona, Wis. (Monona Grove HS);

• Elizabeth Taylor, a junior economics major from Spring Valley, Ill. (Hale HS);

• Miranda Utzinger, a junior anthropology major from Maquon, Ill. (Knoxville HS).

Faculty and Staff:

• Reenie Bradley, office coordinator and international student advisor;

• Christopher Callahan, associate professor of French and Spanish;

• Regina Linsalata, office coordinator of multi-programs;

• Stacey Shimizu, assistant to associate director of development, corporate and foundation relations;

• W. Michael Weis, professor of history.

Illinois Wesleyan, founded in 1850, is a private co-educational university with an enrollment of 2,100 and a student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1.  The University consists of the College of Liberal Arts, with 17 academic departments; the College of Fine Arts, comprising professional Schools of Art, Music and Theatre Arts; and the School of Nursing.  Illinois Wesleyan’s faculty is composed of active scholars who are devoted to teaching undergraduates and to including them in their research.

For additional information, contact Amoloza, professor of sociology, at tamoloza@iwu.edu.

Contact: Teresa Sherman, (309) 556-3181