FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University is home to the newest chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, the world’s largest co-ed business fraternity.
On Feb. 11, the Omicron Upsilon Chapter was installed and the founding pledge class was initiated into the fraternity.
Delta Sigma Pi currently boasts more than 200,000 members worldwide, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of business and economics. There are currently two other chapters in South Carolina: one at Clemson University and one at the University of South Carolina. Members participate in community service, fund raising, professional activities, and must attend chapter meetings and activities.
“We have been working to form this chapter since August 2003,” said Mary R. Dittman, FMU instructor of marketing, member of Delta Sigma Pi, and the FMU chapter’s adviser. “Being a member of Delta Sigma Pi was a critical part of my undergraduate business education. Students learn how to translate business theory into real-world application by organizing community service events, sponsoring professional activities, participating in fund raising, and conducting business meetings.”
Members of the fraternity’s national Board of Directors, alumni, and employees from the Delta Sigma Pi central office in Oxford, Ohio, were on hand to install the chapter and initiate the members.
“Our students have worked diligently to form this colony and to be granted the chapter charter,” said M. Barry O’Brien, dean of the FMU School of Business. “They have raised financial resources, recruited students, and networked with faculty, alumni, and the business community. We are very excited to be only the third chapter installation in the state of South Carolina.”
Delta Sigma Pi was founded at New York University in 1907, and is open to all students of business administration and economics.
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