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Phi Beta Delta to hold induction March 19

NATCHITOCHES – Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology, will be the speaker at the spring induction of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars Sunday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Natchitoches Room in Russell Hall.  The public is invited to attend. Ahmad will speak on Globalization and Cultural Paradigm Shifts in the Middle East.
Members of Phi Beta Delta include faculty, staff, and students who are selected on the basis of their international orientation, scholarship accomplishment, and/or contribution to international exchange.

Thirteen new members will be inducted into this international honor society. New faculty/staff members are Director of the Louisiana Scholars’ College Dr. Kirsten Bartles, Dr. Nabin Sapkota and Dr. Jafar Alsharb of the Department of Engineering Technology and Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems Dr. Jason Powell.  

New student members include graduate student in English Kaysee Carrere of Houma, Scholars’ College students Jordan Reich of Shreveport, Megan Boyanton of Pearl River, Skylar Guidroz of Carencro, and Rachel Moran of Metairie, industrial engineering technology major Angelica Galban of Many and industrial engineering/music major Luz Arrieta-Jimenez of Cartagena, Colombia. Acting Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio and community member Dr. Nahla Beier will be inducted as honorary members.
Ahmad, a native of Jordan, received degrees from the University of Jordan and University of Central Florida. He has diverse expertise in human-computer interaction, quality engineering and simulating human-machine systems. Prior to joining the NSU faculty, Dr. Ahmad taught at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was the founder and president of AXIS Technology Consulting, LLC., a business focused on human systems integration research and development. He will speak about the evolving Middle East and how globalization and advancement in communication technologies have helped to transform cultural norms in the Middle East. His talk will present a personal perspective on these cultural paradigm shifts.

Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society in the United States to recognize scholarship achievement in international education. It was established in 1987 and now has more than 200 chapters at universities in the United States and around the world. Its goals are to increase the recognition, credibility and importance of the international experience and create a catalyst for international academic-based programming on college campuses while providing support and recognition to those individuals on campuses who are involved in international endeavors.
The Northwestern State chapter of Phi Beta Delta received its charter in April 2010 with the induction of 25 faculty, staff and student members. During the current academic year, Phi Beta Delta sponsored an International Student Panel in October, a Student Study Abroad Panel in November, a presentation by Dr. Greg Granger on his recent trip to Cuba and held a no-host dinner for members and friends.

The Eta Mu Chapter at NSU is committed to supporting international students, domestic students who are interested in international travel and affairs, and faculty and staff who engage in international research and travel. Phi Beta Delta is interdisciplinary in nature and includes individuals from all content areas. For more information about Phi Beta Delta, contact Chapter Coordinator and President Sharon Joy at or (318) 357-5754.