In March, Fairfield’s Beta Alpha chapter of the Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) International Studies honor society welcomed 18 new inductees because of their academic excellence in International Studies and International Business. The International Studies Program held a induction reception on Sunday, March 24 in Alumni Hall, which was attended by 11 new inductees and their families. International Studies and International Business majors are eligible for induction into SIR by achieving an overall GPA of at least 3.3 and a minimum 3.4 GPA in the major. Eligible students will also have completed 21 credits hours in the major.
This year’s graduating class of International Studies students have been recognized for exceptional academic achievement. Seven International Studies majors were recently inducted into Fairfield’s Zeta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the most prestigious honor society in the US. Several International Studies majors were recognized for their academic achievements by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Dolan School of Business (DSB). Other student highlights include Juliann Sanza ’13 who won three CAS awards for excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mandarin, and Spanish. Kristin Alexy ’13 received a CAS award for outstanding work in Russian and East European Studies. Kevin Reda ’13 won a CAS award for excellence in International Studies. Benjamin Franco ’13 was recognized in the DSB for academic excellence in International Business. Christopher Mandley ’13 came in second place at the 2nd annual DSB student Business Plan Competition with a proposal to innovate the use of I-Phone cases using solar power.