Business & Entrepreneurship Department Celebrates Academic Honor Society Recipients

On June 3rd, 2020, the Business and Entrepreneurship Department at Chatham University held a virtual ceremony in recognition of the awardees and induction of the Academic Honor Societies; Omicron Delta Epsilon, an Economics International Honorary Society and Sigma Beta Delta, an International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration. Traditionally, these ceremonies would be held on campus for recipients and their families, but due to the pandemic, all on-campus activities were put on hold. The Business and Entrepreneurship Department wanted to ensure that these recipients were recognized properly and had the chance to celebrate their achievements with the faculty and their families.

In attendance were Professor James Pierson, department chair and President of Sigma Delta Beta; and faculty members Dr. Won Hyung Lee and Dr. Deborah Delong. Students in attendance were Elayna Burdelski (Omicron Delta Epsilon), Trevor Gamble-Borsh (Omicron Delta Epsilon), Anshul Saini (Sigma Beta Delta), and Hannah Hostetter (Sigma Beta Delta). Both Professor Pierson and Dr. Won Hyung Lee provided the oaths for all recipients.

Dr. Won Hyung Lee, assistant professor of economics and the president of the Chatham University’s chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), gave a brief introduction and history of ODE to the students and their families attending the ceremony. Her introduction was as followed below:

 “ODE, one of the world’s largest academic honor societies, was established in 1963 through the merger of two honor societies: Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon. Omicron Delta Gamma was founded in 1915 by John R. Commons, University of Wisconsin and Frank Taussig, Harvard University through the union of the economics societies of their Universities. The intent of the society was the encouragement of a closer academic and social relationship between honor students and faculty on an informal basis, facilitating the exchange of information and views…

ODE became an International Honor Society in Economics in 1969. Since that time, a number of chapters throughout the world has been added. There are currently approximately 700 active ODE chapters worldwide. ODE is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies in the United States, and thus fully recognized and accredited. It is governed by an International Executive Board consisting of outstanding economists both in the United States and in other countries that are elected at the ODE Biennial Convention.

Chatham University, as a member of ODE, confers distinction upon students for high scholastic achievement in economics and stimulates and promotes student interest in all aspects of economics. Past members of ODE have gone on to achieve greatness in academia and the business world with their foundation in economics. ODE membership ensures academic excellence in economics and future contributions that advance scholarship.”

She then congratulated the students into the society. The students inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon as listed below.

Elayna Burdelski

Trevor Gamble-Borsh

Heather Kowalski

Trevor Salvior

Sigma Beta Delta was founded in 1994, with seven founding chapters. By the end of 1995, an additional 54 charter chapters had been installed for a total of 61 founding and charter chapters. Today Sigma Beta Delta has over 400 established chapters and over 80,000 members. Sigma Beta Delta recognizes academic achievements in business, management and administration and encourages and promotes aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

The Statement of Sigma:

“Sigma is the initial letter of the Greek word (Sa-‘phe-ä),  which means wisdom.  Wisdom is knowledge gained over time, analyzed and used with discernment.  Wisdom is not merely information, but allows one to acknowledge information, consider its validity and relevance, and then incorporate into one’s own life what is appropriate.  The wise person realizes the importance of continual learning and accepts the challenge to do so and to gain a more complete understanding of new knowledge.  Wisdom is knowledge applied.  The wise person seeks to apply knowledge to benefit humankind.  As a member of Sigma Beta Delta, I challenge you to pursue wisdom throughout your life.”

The Statement of Beta:

“Beta is the initial letter of the Greek word (Be-‘bi-os), which signifies honor.  Honor is a personal quality of the highest value.  Honorable persons are held in esteem, considered to be trustworthy, and admired by others because they live a life that is worthy of such recognition.  Honorable persons have chosen to live a life that is bounded by integrity and ethical decision-making so that they may be free of the tyranny of dishonor.  Honorable persons strive to do that which is right even in the face of opposition.  Honorable persons respect others and are willing to provide leadership to the benefit of humankind.  As a member of Sigma Beta Delta, I challenge you to accept honor as a constant companion throughout your life.”

The Statement of Delta:

“Delta is the initial letter of the Greek word (Di-‘o-ko), which signifies the pursuit of meaningful aspirations.  To aspire to worthy goals sets apart persons of accomplishment and those who merely mark time with their lives.  Persons of wisdom and honor must aspire to a course to achieve their objectives, for goals without action are no more fulfilling than action without goals.  To aspire toward the fulfillment to one’s goals to serve humankind and develop personally and professionally will lead to a life of meaning and satisfaction.  As a member of Sigma Beta Delta, I challenge you to aspire to goals that will chart you on the path of wisdom and honor throughout your life.”

The students inducted into Sigma Beta Delta are as followed:

Maura Campbell, Undergraduate

Hannah Hostetter, Graduate

Richard Ingraham, Undergraduate

Theresa Sable, Graduate

Anshul Saini, Graduate

Sydney Sherlock, Undergraduate

Matthew Zanella, Graduate

The Business and Entrepreneurship Department would like to congratulate all Academic Honor Society inductees and wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors!








Morgan Beatty is a third semester MBA student with a concentration in Project Management. Her work experience includes being a Talent Development Intern at Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc., Supervisor at Tim Hortons, and an Intern at Clinton County Economic Partnership. Besides being an MBA student in Project Management, talk to Morgan about painting, making t-shirt quilts, Disney World, or studying abroad!


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