Sigma Iota Rho, the honor society for scholars in international studies, officially welcomed 13 students into its GGC chapter during a recent charter induction ceremony.
“The purpose of this organization is to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs and global studies,” said Associate Professor of Political Science Dovile Budryte, one of the chapter faculty advisors.
Membership in the honor society is reserved for juniors or seniors in any academic discipline who plan to major or minor in international studies and who have attained a 3.3 grade point average in that discipline. Candidates must also have attained a 3.2 grade point average in their general studies.
The charter Sigma Iota Rho chapter at GGC includes students majoring in business administration, history, mathematics and information technology. All of them have completed at least 21 credit-hours in courses that define the international studies discipline including anthropology, foreign languages, geography, political science, economics and history.
Leading the new honor society are Yvette Williams-Barr, (president), an international business management major from Richmond, Calif.; Stephen Christian (vice president), a political science major from Memphis, Tenn.; Shalaya Morrissette (secretary), a business administration major from Boston, Mass. and Christian Theis (treasurer), a political science major from Caracas, Venezuela.
The newly formed honor society will plan a number of activities for the campus community in the coming year, said faculty advisor Dr. Anthony Pinder, director of the Office of Internationalization.
“The activities of the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society help foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs,” Pinder said. “These students have agreed to be major advocates for the comprehensive internationalization of Georgia Gwinnett College.”