Chartered on April 5, 2016, Theta Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, recognizes and encourages high professional, intellectual and personal achievements in the field of international education, international exchange, and internationalization. The Chapter encourages interdisciplinary and inter-generational contacts and promotes the exchange of ideas and information among students, staff, and faculty of Shepherd University, the community, and other institutions and organizations.
Members of the Society enjoy conference and seminar offerings, professional networking, leadership opportunities, a mentoring program, and channels for publishing their scholarly work.
In 2023 the Shepherd chapter received the Eileen Evans Outstanding Chapter Award for demonstrating excellence in growth and development, programming with international focus, and contributions to the society itself.
Theta Epsilon Chapter stands in solidarity against hate and discrimination of all kinds. The Society’s statement of support for those groups impacted is posted on the national website, e.g., Ukrainians and Asian Americans.
2023 Theta Epsilon Chapter Inductees
Pictured (front row) are Dr. Aart Holtslag, Phi Beta Delta chapter president; Emily Liu; Kayla Landsberger; Victoria Asper; Ayanna Hyatte; Dalia Rodriguez; Ashley Carey; and Virgie Moore. Back row, Youssouf Bakayoko; Dr. John Sedlins; Donna Miller; Dr. Erica Rumbley; Wrenna Dorrer; Eli Hall; Dr. Sharon Mailey; James Rinker; Dr. Tracy Nichols; Dr. LeAnn Johnson; and Andrew Hartman II. Not pictured are Dr. Stephen Spencer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of English, emeritus, honorary member; Bianca Ison, Appalachian studies graduate student; and Bryan Staggers, Appalachian studies graduate student. (Photo credit Sharon Carpenter)
2022 Theta Epsilon Chapter Inductees
Back row: Karen Rice, Yu-Hsuan Liao, Jason Allen, Laura Henton, Badou Audrey Roseanne Assamoa, Aracelis Nieves, Monica Sapucaia Machado, Denise Almeida de Andrade, Ben Pigott.
Front row: William “Billy” Weigle II, Emmanuella Sarfo, Kayla Blake Mary Beth Myers, Olamide Adegbamigbe. Not pictured: Kevin David, Boluwatife Dogari, Renee Ritenour, Amanda Mandzik, Tim Nixon, Kelly L. Hart, and Alyssa Nazrok.
2021 Theta Epsilon Chapter Inductees
Left to right: Madalaine Fleming, Monica Fleming, Kady Sanogo, Dr. Petru Drumea, Dr. Marat Akopian, Tayler Sisk, Joanna Hernandez, Jacob Cross, Dr. Holley Ralston. Not pictured: Jennifer Jaafar, Roxanne Lingenfelter, Sujata Sharma, Ellen Wade, Karen Spears Zacharias, Dr. Amy DeWitt, Dr. Mark Stern (Honorary).
Henry Navarrete Mendez received the David Merchant International Student Award at the 2019 Phi Beta Conference held at Shepherd University. Award presented by Winnie Brophy. Sharon Ann Carpenter received the national outstanding staff award in 2020, and Dr. Ann Marie Legreid received the outstanding faculty award in 2020.