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Phi Beta Delta inducts 18 members

The Lamar University Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Honors Society Beta Xi Chapter inducted nine students and nine faculty members Monday, April 15. The society recognizes students and faculty for outstanding international academic work.

The society recognized Elisabeth Maxwell of Beaumont for her achievements as an international scholar and Beck Fellow. Maxwell recently received the Marian Beane/Charles Gliozzo Domestic Student Award for International Achievement. Maxwell accepted the award at the society’s national convention in North Carolina April 11-13.

Uliana Trylowski, executive director of Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity, was given an honorary induction to Phi Beta Delta at the ceremony for a lifetime of international study and service to communities around the world. Trylowski discussed her experiences and encouraged student inductees to continue their international studies.

“It is nice to see people interested in world travel and the exchange of ideas,” she said. “It is not just what you study, but the overall experience that changes the way you look at the world.”

These are the 2013 inductees and their majors:

Beaumont - Michael Black, post-baccalaureate education graduate; Benjamin Bonsall, history and Spanish; Caitlin Elizabeth Duerler, French; Honour Harry, studio art and drawing; Gwendolyn Mumford, studio art; William Pickard, pre-medicine and biology, and Jennifer Torry, English and French.

Port Neches - Chelsea Barnard, English

Silsbee - Amy Morgan, English and Spanish

Faculty inductees are Christain Bahrim, associate professor of physics; Rebecca Boone, associate professor of history; Andrew Coughlan, director of student publications; Jim Jordan, chair, Department of Earth and Space Science; Alberto Márquez, assistant professor of industrial engineering; Donna Meeks, chair, Department of Art; Carl Sheperis, chair, Department of Counseling and Special Populations; Kevin Smith, senior associate provost of academic affairs and interim vice president for student engagement, and Johanna Yunker, visiting instructor of music.

Support for the ceremony came from Steve Doblin, provost and vice president for academic affairs.