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Beacom School of Business Delta Sigma Pi Chapter Receives Record Number of Awards at Conference

USD Beacom School of Business Delta Sigma Pi Chapter members Khaila Rybak, Dan Tracy, Northcentral Provincial Vice President Cory Stopka, Rebecca Hupke, Sarah Sauer, Jack Hammond and Great Plains Regional Vice President Ellie Godwin (pictured from left to right) at the GCC conference.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business Delta Sigma Pi student organization was honored with a total of 10 national, provincial and regional recognitions at the biennial Grand Chapter Congress (GCC), held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Aug. 14-18.

The USD Alpha Eta chapter of Delta Sigma Pi was recently presented with the National Outstanding Financial Operations award, which is awarded to the chapter that plans and implements the most effective and comprehensive program of fundraising and financial management. This award is presented to only one chapter in the nation each year. The Alpha Eta Chapter has had tremendous success with fundraising by partnering with USD to manage all merchandise sales for the Charlie’s tailgate trailer and inside the Dakota Dome, as well as working with Aramark to staff concessions for USD sporting events.

“Alpha Eta was presented with ten fraternity awards this year, which stands as the most chapter awards in a single year in our chapter’s 95-year history,” said Professor Dan Tracy, chapter advisor for Delta Sigma Pi. “I am so proud of our Delta Sigma Pi members for receiving this honor for their unparalleled achievements while bringing recognition and prominence to the Beacom School of Business and the University of South Dakota on an international stage.”

In total the Alpha Eta Chapter was recognized with 10 awards, which included:

  • Chapter of Excellence
  • Outstanding Alumni Relations (Great Plains Region)
  • Outstanding Service (Great Plains Region)
  • Chapter Advisor of the Year (Great Plains Region, Northcentral Province)
  • Most Outstanding Collegiate Chapter (Great Plains Region and Northcentral Province)
  • Outstanding Financial Operations (Great Plains Region, Northcentral Province, National)

Chapter advisor Dan Tracy attended the conference with four of the organization’s 41 members, where he was presented with the Chapter Advisor of the Year award for both the Great Plains Region and Northcentral Province.

“Dr. Tracy has always taken an active role in our chapter, whether he is volunteering for a fundraiser or serving as a mentor to our members,” said Sarah Sauer, Beacom senior and president of the Delta Sigma Pi student organization.

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity in the Beacom School of Business dedicated to promoting leadership and networking opportunities to business students at USD. The USD chapter of Delta Sigma Pi has been awarded a total of 42 chapter, regional, provincial and national awards over the past six years.


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News