Kappa Beta Delta International Business Honor Society, Phi Chapter History
Kappa Beta Delta International business honor society was founded in June 1997, the product of the vision of Andrew Stevenson, who served as Associate Director of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). He wanted to recognize students at two year colleges for their high academic achievement. The honor society has been affiliated with ACBSP since it's founding and membership is available exclusively to students enrolled at schools accredited through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. Students are extended an invitation to join KBD if they are a business major and earned a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Under the leadership of Dr. Idalene Williams and Bob Baker, Metropolitan Community College Phi Chapter was charter on November 30, 1999. The first induction class of 21 students, faculty and administrators were inducted in March 2000. Accounting faculty Michelle Heard is a past advisor. Adjunct faculty Jane Joyce is a current advisor and Fall 2012, Business faculty David Wilhelm, became a KBD advisor.
Phi chapter has been a model of success for other chapters across the country. Our purpose is to promote leadership development among the members. To this end, we've developed and implemented many community service projects and campus events. Highlights of our activities over the years include an ethics forum with Congressman Lee Terry and Chief United States Prosecutor Jan Sharpe, several brown bag lunch forums on such topics as credit card awareness, communication, and a city hall forum with former Mayor Mike Fahey. Thanks to the support of Metro, KBD students experienced the celebration of several local events including the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting featuring the Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke, "Lunch with Warren Buffet and First Lady Michelle Obama, sponsored by Girls Inc. Additionally, members attended several student leadership conferences including one held in New York City July 2001, which featured visits to the Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street, and one of the last people to tour the Twin Towers before the tragic 9/11.
For the past 10 years, our yearly community service project is to serve dinner to residents at the Ronald McDonald House. We've collected over 400,000 pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House towards our goal of the 'one million' Club. So, if you have any to donate, let us know!
In 2006 the National Board of Directors established the Andrew V. Stevenson scholarship fund. Twenty, $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to KBD members across the country, including a scholarship awarded to one of our own, Joel Williams, a Past President of Phi Chapter. In fact, the annual Student Leadership Conference hosted by MCC for the past three years, was the brain child of Joel.
We are a proud and very active chapter of the over 60 Kappa Beta Delta chapters and 10,000 members across the county and world, including, Puerto Rico, Europe, South America, and the United Arab Emirates. It is our joy today to induct the Winter 2012 class of 21 students, one faculty and one honorary member into this prestigious business honor society. The students inducted today are to be commended for their high academic achievement. We welcome them as lifetime members of Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society.