USD Chapter Recognized with National Delta Sigma Pi Award

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business Alpha Eta chapter of Delta Sigma Pi traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, August 16-20, to participate in the biennial Grand Chapter Congress (GCC), where they were honored with a total of six national, provincial and regional recognitions.

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity at the Beacom School of Business dedicated to promoting leadership and networking opportunities to business students at the University of South Dakota.

The Alpha Eta Chapter was recognized with the National Outstanding Financial Operations award, which is presented each year to only one chapter in the nation. This award is presented to the chapter that plans and implements the most effective and comprehensive program of fundraising and financial. In addition to being awarded the national Outstanding Financial Operations award, USD Delta Sigma Pi was also recognized with the Provincial and Regional Outstanding Financial Operations awards for their territory.

“I’m extremely proud of the amount of dedication the members of Delta Sigma Pi have demonstrated,” said Professor Dan Tracy, chapter advisor for Delta Sigma Pi. “Being recognized with the National Outstanding Financial Operations award is an amazing accomplishment that truly reflects on the integrity, commitment and hard work of the Alpha Eta chapter at the Beacom School of Business.”

Mitchell Hanson, an accounting student from Pierre, South Dakota, was presented with the Mr. and Mrs. Sidney A. Sparks Collegian of the Year Award for the Great Plains region. This award is presented annually to the one outstanding Delta Sigma Pi member in the region for their contributions, achievements, participation, and personal character.

“Mitchell is a wonderful example of a person who truly embodies Delta Sigma Pi’s values of service and principled leadership,” stated Tracy. “He has a wonderful ability to inspire and unite other members at Deltasig and we are honored to have him as a brother of our fraternity.”

The Alpha Eta Chapter was also recognized with the Chapter of Excellence accreditation for the second year.  A Chapter of Excellence is a chapter that is operationally sound with a well-rounded program focusing on larger scale events and National Fraternity promotion. Additionally, the Beacom School of Business Delta Sigma Pi earned the Outstanding Alumni Relations for the Great Plains region, as well as recognition as a Legacy Chapter for the Bucks for Brotherhood program.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News