UNT chapter of hospitality, tourism honor society named Chapter of Distinction
DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas chapter of Eta Sigma Delta, an international honor society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism students, is one of two chapters selected as 2012 ESD Chapters of Distinction by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, the leading international association devoted to hospitality and tourism education.
Founded in 1978, Eta Sigma Delta has more than 60 active chapters at colleges and universities throughout the world.
UNT’s chapter is in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. It is open to undergraduate students who are declared hospitality management majors, have completed at least 50 percent of coursework toward their bachelor’s degrees and have obtained grade point averages of at least 3.0, and/or rank at or above the top 20th percentile in class standing. Eta Sigma Delta is also open to graduate students in hospitality management who have completed at least 50 percent of the credit hours required for their degrees with grade point averages of at least 3.5, and/or rank in the top 15th percentile in class standing.
UNT’s chapter of Eta Sigma Delta began in 2004 and had 60 members during the 2011-2012 academic year. It was recognized as a Chapter of Distinction for the events that its members helped to coordinate, including the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s annual Executive-in-Residence Lecture and the department’s annual Hospitality Management Career Expo; and a dedication ceremony for UNT’s new Marriott Culinary Lab.
Eta Sigma Delta members also offer a free tutoring service to other students in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In addition, the students attended three trade shows, and three students were honored with academic awards at UNT’s 2012 Honors Day ceremony.
Lea Dopson, chair and associate professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, said Eta Sigma Delta students “are award-winning scholars who give of their time and expertise throughout the year to uphold the five pillars of ESD: excellence, leadership, creativity, service and ethics.”