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By Mackenzie Riley, Eller Marketing ’14

The University of Arizona’s Gamma Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi secured an unprecedented amount of chapter awards over the summer.  This professional business fraternity actively participates in community service, fundraising events, and professional development workshops in the Tucson community, striving to exceed national chapter standards.

Out of the 276 collegiate chapters in the country, the Gamma Psi chapter won national awards for Most Outstanding Chapter, Most Improved Chapter, and Most Outstanding Finances. In addition, they won numerous regional and provincial awards including Most Outstanding Alumni Relations, Most Outstanding Professional Activities, and Most Outstanding Community Service.

Not only was this an unheard of amount of awards for any one chapter, but it was also a revolutionary moment for this particular chapter.  “Since Gamma Psi was established in the 50s, we had never won an award on the provincial or national level,” said Cat Leslie, previous president of the chapter.

Nate Schlatter, the current president and leader of his chapter added, “Our most prized award is the Most Improved Chapter.”

So why is this award so special?  The chapter hasn’t always been this successful.  Three years ago, the chapter was placed on probation, and members and the executive team felt the pressure to prove themselves.

“Three years ago, Gamma Psi hit a low point that could have easily resulted in deactivation of our chapter,” Leslie explained. “Our motivated members and a new advisor [Steven Reff] brought a new vision to the Gamma Psi chapter.”

That vision included a new perspective of what was important: serving Eller students, exceeding national requirements, and providing knowledge, leadership, and friendship to its members. “Every single brother believed in and acted on this vision that has brought us to where we are today,” Leslie said. “It’s been a whirlwind of emotion seeing such a drastic change from when I first joined, and I couldn’t be more proud of Gamma Psi.”

Last year, the chapter aimed to not only meet, but surpass all of the requirements of its central office. They did so by successfully raising over $15,000 from fundraisers including the Eller Golf Tournament and the Eller Pageant, as well as alumni donations.  Beyond that, the business fraternity hosted numerous community service events with organizations such as Ben’s Bells and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, they committed to growing their fraternity and increased the membership to over 100 members, making it the largest club within Eller.

Schlatter is optimistic that Delta Sigma Pi will continue to prosper. “As president of the chapter, I helped set three goals,” he said. “Our three goals are to gain a corporate sponsorship, increase attendance at professional and community service events, and to gain a presence in Eller. I hope in the end that we can stay humble as a chapter, partner with other organizations, and do this all over again by maintaining the drive and passion Gamma Psi holds in their hands. We want to stay successful so we as a group can do big things.”

Top image of Delta Sigma Pi leadership with Eller Dean Len Jessup and Associate Dean Pam Perry. Photo by Simmons Buntin.