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Eta Sigma Delta Initiates Six Students to Honor Society

March 3, 2015

The Center for Hospitality and Sport Management’s chapter of the Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Honor Society held its 2015 new member initiation ceremony on Friday, February 27.  Five hospitality management students and one culinary arts student were initiated in the ceremony led by chapter president Dana Bloom, CULA ‘16.  Chapter advisor Kelly Nolan presided over the ceremony.

The new Eta Sigma Delta members include Amy Wongso, Sammy Blivaiss, James Newman, Xianfeng Luo, Adrianna Sorrentino and Grace Bromery.

 “Eta Sigma Delta is a wonderful opportunity for students to become involved with community service projects,” said Nolan. “We are looking forward to strengthening the Drexel chapter through a number of new initiatives.”

Also in attendance were Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor and founding director of the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management and Michael Traud, JD, assistant professor and program director for the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

About Eta Sigma Delta

In 1978, a group of students from the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics (now The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics) identified a need to recognize hospitality and tourism students for outstanding academic achievement, meritorious service and demonstrated professionalism.

The professional benefits of Eta Sigma Delta include an opportunity for outstanding students to distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters and industry executives in an increasingly competitive industry. In addition, ESD provides a networking system through their chapters that allows for interaction and the exchange of information among students. Often, ESD meets for special events or functions at annual trade shows. An Eta Sigma Delta column regularly appears in the ICHRIE monthly newsletter as well.

From an organizational standpoint, ESD can serve as a means of uniting outstanding students for campus activities, fundraisers and volunteer programs.

Educational benefits include the opportunity for ESD chapters to provide a stimulus for students to strive for academic excellence. By functioning as a resource for the hospitality program, ESD chapters can also provide tutoring or other forms of academic support for students needing assistance.