Phi Beta Delta is an honor society for International Scholars. The SUNY Cortland Chapter (Zeta Xi) was founded in 2006. The Phi Beta Delta SUNY Cortland induction ceremony is held every fall, usually in the first two weeks of November, during the International Celebration period.
Phi Beta Delta, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as an organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters, many of which had existed for a considerable time previously at the local level. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. As of December of 2007, 168 chapters have been chartered.
Phi Beta Delta traces its background to the eighteenth-century founding of Phi Beta Kappa. In the nineteenth century, Greek fraternities divided into the social, professional, and academic Greeks. Phi Beta Delta is an academic and professional society, unique because it is resolutely interdisciplinary and international. Its formal organization brought together numerous pre-existing internally-oriented campus groups. Its goals are:
Henry Steck, President
Henry Steck, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Project on Eastern & Central Europe (PECE)
Distinguished Service Professor
Professor of Political Science
Sharon R. Steadman, Vice-President
Gonda Gebhardt, Secretary
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
International Programs Office
Colleen DeGouff, Treasurer
Director, Student Accounts
Deborah Dintino, Membership Coordinator
Secretary, Political Science