CULLOWHEE The Delta Zeta chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars at Western Carolina University recently inducted new student and faculty members and bestowed honorary membership onto a beloved university administrator for his role in international education efforts at Western.

Malcolm J. Loughlin, Western's associate dean of distance and continuing education, received honorary membership in recognition of his support for international education throughout his career. A Western staff member since 1986, Loughlin helped implement an ongoing collaboration between Western and Jamaica, and developed collaborative programs with the University of Wales at Glamorgan and the University of Galway in Ireland.

As part of the program developed in Jamaica, more than 2,000 Jamaican students have earned degrees from Western. A number of WCU faculty members have participated in this effort, teaching classes both on campus and in Jamaica. Loughlin received commendations earlier this year from the governor general of Jamaica and from the Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. Department of State in recognition of his role in Jamaican education.

A native of Wales, Loughlin earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Wales at Glamorgan and master's degree in education at Western in 1979. He has taught in England, Jamaica, Scotland and the United States.

Student inductees into Phi Beta Delta are Joshua Acevedo, a management and international business major from Jacksonville; Amy Cagle, a chemistry major from Concord; Jonathan Cole, an anthropology major from Ellenboro; Sarah Deal, an art major from Waxhaw; Lina Krisciokaityte, a human resources major from Lithuania; Leslie Rosenberg, an art education major from Conklin, N.Y.; Gary Takacs, a communication major from Madison Heights, Va.; and Emily Taylor, a Spanish education from Boonville.

The honor society also inducted several Western faculty and staff members: Bruce Carroll (political science and public affairs), Jane Adams-Dunford (student affairs), Cynthia Deale (hospitality management and tourism), Aster Dewanti (chemistry and physics), John LeBaron (educational leadership and foundations), Judy Mallory (nursing), Niall Michelson (political science and public affairs), Masafumi Takeda (Asian studies), Michael Thomas (management and international business), Sandra Tonnsen (educational leadership and foundations), Beth Wilson (anthropology and sociology), Laura Wright (English), Jayne Zanglein (marketing and business law) and James Zhang (engineering technology).

The Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars is an organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of international issues. Its members include students, faculty and staff who have an interest in promoting international efforts. Its annual activities include monthly International Brown Bag Lunches, weekly international socials each spring, sponsorship of Folkmoot USA activities on campus each summer, and participation in the university's spring International Festival and fall International Education Week.

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