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Phi Beta Delta Hosts Virtual Induction Ceremony

November 16, 2020

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- The Eta Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta at Western Illinois University inducted 10 new members Monday, Nov. 9.

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.

The purpose of the Eta Epsilon chapter is to recognize and encourage high professional, intellectual, academic and personal achievements in the field of international education at Western Illinois University. An induction ceremony is normally held each semester. Due to COVID-19, the spring induction ceremony was postponed so this fall's ceremony welcomed both spring and fall members via ZOOM- the group included the first-ever father-son duo, Michael and Caleb Lorenzen, and an honorary member, Interim WIU President Martin Abraham.

This year's inductees include:

• Interim President Martin Abraham (honorary member)

Meghan Elgee, a health sciences and community and economic development graduate student from Brandford, CT

• Executive Director of International Affairs Randy Glean

• Macomb High School student Caleb Lorenzen

• Libraries Professor Michael Lorenzen

Madeleine Maligsa, a senior nursing major from Chicago

Amadou Ndiaye, a senior law enforcement and justice administration major from Moline, IL

Ifeanyi Offor, a chemistry graduate student from Nigeria

Cortnie Schierman, a health sciences graduate student from Northfield, MN

Alecsus Sebben, a college student personnel graduate student from Moline, IL

For more information on Phi Beta Delta and WIU's Eta Epsilon Chapter, visit, or facebook @WIUPBD, or contact

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