The MSU Chapter of Eta Sigma Delta, the international honor society for Hospitality majors, received the Chapter of Distinction Award for the 2012-2013 academic year from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) at the I-CHRIE annual conference in St. Louis last week.

The Michigan State Eta Sigma Delta chapter has 55 members, with 38 having been inducted just last Spring.  Students with top academic credentials in The School are eligible for membership.  They are expected to uphold Eta Sigma Delta’s “five points of honor:” excellence, leadership, creativity, service, and ethics.  This past year, chapter members collaborated with The School’s Hospitality Association on three community service projects: Adopt-a-Family during the Christmas season; Penny Wars for the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing; and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

In addition, the members organized four more service projects independently.  They include volunteering at the Lansing City Market Silver Bells in the City event; participating at the Lansing Food Bank; collecting box tops for a Lansing public elementary school; and organizing a fundraising event at a local restaurant, with the proceeds used to purchase school supplies for those Lansing public elementary schools.

Dr. JaeMin Cha (MS ’98), the chapter’s faculty advisor, accepted the award at the I-CHRIE conference.  “I was absolutely thrilled to hear that our chapter would receive the Chapter of Distinction Award,” she said.  “I am truly proud of the Eta Sigma Delta executive board and the chapter members. Their philanthropic projects display the strong character of these students, as well as their ability to collaborate and work together.”

Chapter President Jane Kim (BA ’13) was also proud of the award, saying, “We would not have received this honor without the hard work of all our executive board and members throughout the year.”

The School of Hospitality Business’s Director of Academic Programs Dean James Rainey was equally impressed with the chapter members, saying, “These young scholars combine strong academic performance with a caring service to others.  They are role models for others.”

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