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New Members Inducted into Phi Beta Delta Honor Society
Syracuse University inducted 56 new members and two honorary members into the Alpha Sigma chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society during the spring semester.
The induction ceremony took place in Hendricks Chapel, during which the new members were awarded a medallion and certificate of membership. The keynote address was delivered by Herman Frasier, the University’s senior deputy director of athletics and former vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, gold medalist at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, and chef de mission for the U.S. delegation at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
Frazier and Ida Tili-Trebicka, professor of practice in the Sentor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a world-renowned musician, were awarded honorary memberships.
Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. The society also recognizes U.S. students who have studied abroad and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities.
Current executive board members of the Alpha Sigma chapter have nominated this year’s inductees based on commitment to internationalization and academic performance. The cohort of new inductees includes outstanding American and international undergraduate and graduate students, SU faculty and staff members.
This year’s inductees are: Hafsat Abdullahi, Nurganym Agzamova, Khadeer Ahmed, Mutasim Alfadhel, Neema Amadala, Nitinand Angubolkul, Danielle Benjamin, Louis Berends, Juan Blandino and Nathaniel Bosiak.
Also, Sarah Buell, Joshua Burton, Darlene Carelli, Tianhua Chen, Alekhya Chollangi, Meredith Coccoluto (member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program), Paige Dennis, Gianpietro Elias Revolledo and Joan Farrenkopf.
Other inductees include Justin Freedman, Xinyu Gao, Ipshita Ghosh, Colleen Gibbons, Zhenhao Gong, Rahul Goyal, Mei Han, Woosang Hwang, Vishtasp Jokhi and Rosalina Jowers.
Also, Bindya Kannappa Setty, Sachin Kodihalli, Zijun Liu, Wanyi Lu, Heidi Ludwig, Michael Messina, Samuel Miller, James Murray, Aaron Mwewa, Tairan Niu.
Other inductees include Adam Palamar, Yangweiyu Pan, Yuri Pavlov, Tisya Roviliyani, Isabel Sanchez Chirinos, Nafiseh Shahbazi Majd, Daisy Spoer(member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program), Brandon Stevens and Jiashi Sun.
Also Hester Veitch, Blake Vierra, Maria Chiara Vinciguerra, Victoria Wambua, Heather Waymouth, Frehiwot Wuhib, Tonghui Xu and Minghe Yang.
This year’s nominations and induction ceremony were led by Mary Idzior, associate director of the Slutzker Center for International Services and interim president of the Alpha Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Delta.