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April 2015 Edition
e-Newsletter, Vol. 07
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Special Edition with Coverage of 2015 Conference

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2015 Conference a Huge Success!

Over 80 people attended this year's conference at California State University, San Bernardino.

The 2015 Phi Beta Delta conference was attended by scholars, professors and administrators from around the country and the world. All came to share and glean knowledge about teaching and studying internationally. Keynote speakers included California State University, San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales and Georgetown University Professor Susan Dugan. 

 
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President Tomás D. Morales gave unflinching support to the mission and activities of Phi Beta Delta during his keynote address at the first day of the 29th Annual Phi Beta Delta Conference Thursday at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB.)
 
Morales, who has been the president of CSUSB for three years, said, “If I could, I would require every bachelor’s student to have at least one study abroad experience before they graduate.”
 
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That statement garnered one of the loudest rounds of applause heard throughout the entire conference, which took place Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25. The first day was at the CSUSB campus in the Obershaw Dining Room, and the second day was at the Spanish Art Gallery at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Calif.
 
Prof. Susan Dugan of Georgetown University gave a special address at the conference’s dinner banquet on her International Business class, which she teaches to MBA students in their last semester at the McDonough School of Business. In this class, she said, she reaches out to companies in large cities around the world—Sao Paolo, Mumbai, London, Abu Dhabi—and asks them for a project that they do not have the desire or capability to tackle. Then she gives that project to her students, whom she divides into small groups for the task, and throughout the semester they must research potential solutions. At the end of each semester, the students travel to the businesses and present their proposals.
 
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“It’s really a great program to teach them [the students] cultural sensitivity in the business world, but also creative problem-solving and quick thinking. If they find themselves in a bind—you know, because they listened to me—and the proposal they’ve been working on all semester completely falls apart because of one little detail they didn’t know until they landed in this foreign country, they only have a couple of days to come up with something new, something that will work, and something they can present to the boards that looks like they’ve spent all semester working on it,” Dugan said.
 
Dugan’s speech preceeded the awards ceremony and special recognition for outstanding members of Phi Beta Delta, both faculty and students. A complete list of awardees can be found on the Phi Beta Delta website.
 
Before the evening ended, Prof. Dugan was able to watch her high school friend and college roommate, Dr. Astrid Sheil, be inducted as the new President of Phi Beta Delta for the 2015-16 year. Dr. Guillermo de los Reyes, the outgoing president, places the medallion over Dr. Sheil’s head.
 
During the annual Phi Beta Delta Society Business Meeting, members agreed to postpone the 2016 conference to coincide more closely with the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Conference, which will take place May 29 through June 3, 2016, in Denver, CO. 

(Above content by Laura Silvius)
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Many Topics Addressed, Officers Elected at 2015 Conference
 
The conference attracted more than eighty scholars representing schools from across the United States, China and Europe.

The presentations included a number of student led sessions reflecting the international scholarship of PBD and the focus on engaging students in research. Overall, the presentations included a wide range of sessions on various topics of current interest to education practitioners and scholars.  The multi-disciplinary sessions ranged from teaching, online learning and international students, sociology, political science, the humanities and business. The topics presented spanned many countries from Colombia, China, Vietnam and Germany.

Key plenary presentations were made by President Tomas Morales from California State University, San Bernardino; Professor Susan Dugan, Georgetown University on internationalizing the MBA; and, Dr Kevin Grisham from California State University on the Model United Nations.

The venue for the conference was the historic nationally registered Mission Inn in Riverside, California and the beautiful California State University, San Bernardino Campus.  

The new 2015-2016 board was elected as part of the conference, including:
  • Astrid Sheil (CSU San Bernardino) President 2015-16;
  • Guillermo de los Reyes (Univ. Houston), Past President;
  • Angelika Kraemer (Michigan State Univ), Sr. Int’l VP 2015-18;
  • Gary A. Cretser (Cal Poly Pomona), Director of Awards 2015-16;
  • Catherine Turrill (CSU Sacramento), Historian/Archivist 2015-16;
  • Joy Stevenson (Univ. of Central Missouri), Dir. of Membership 2015-16;
  • Vacant Dir. of Development;
  • Michael Smithee (Syracuse Univ., Ret), Dir. of Publications 2015-16;
  • Norma George (Cheyney Univ. of PA), Regional VP NE 2013-16;
  • Robert W. Robertson (Argosy Univ., Tampa), Regional VP SE 2015-18;
  • Heather Hoel (Univ. of Central Missouri); Regional VP Midwest 2015-18;
  • Anita Gaines (Univ. of Houston), Regional VP SW 2015-18; and 
  • Paul Amaya (CSU San Bernardino) Regional VP W 2015-18.

The newly elected board has pledged to advance the goals of the Society as follows:
•To recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, who have studied abroad and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities.
•To serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming.
•To provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors.
•To extend this network to thousands of members in chapters throughout the world.

Planning for the 2016 conference has already been initiated. The preliminary theme is global leadership in the class room.
The location and dates of the conference will be announced very soon. For more information on Phi Beta Delta and the 2016 conference visit http://www.phibetadelta.org/about.php.
 
(Above content written by Robert W. Robertson.)
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