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Briar Cliff Honors Students for their Good Grades

March 1, 2019 | by Baily Sitzmann

While many high honors are awarded to students throughout their college careers, Delta Epsilon Sigma remains among the highest for Catholic universities and colleges. This is a prestigious award given to undergraduate students who are in their last two years of their bachelor’s degree, who rank in the top twentieth percentile of their entire class and have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The many criteria for this award are not only grades, the board for each school individually takes into account each recommended students’ activities in and outside of the classroom. They want to know whether the students are active members of society and contributing in the right ways. They also look at a student’s history and current status of community service outreach.

To become a member of DES students must pass all the requirements, tobe invited by the chapter at their school or closest to it. BCU has its own chapter and DES Epsilon Beta Chapter Advisor, Dr. Paul Korchin, Assistant Professor of Theology.

“I have served as the advisor for Briar Cliff’s Epsilon Beta chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma for the past three years. In that short time, the numbers of inductees have ranged from about 20 to nearly 50. This year (2019), we expect to have 19 undergraduate and graduate students joining the society.”

Aside from all the requirements, there are also perks that come with a students’ induction. Students get opportunities that others don’t when it comes to scholarships and fellowships, such as a $1,200 Fitzgerald Scholarship that they could win and be applied to their senior year tuition bill. They could also win a $1,200 Fitzgerald Fellowship to be applied to their first year of graduate school. Both scholarships are named after Father Fitzgerald who created DES in 1939 at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

Senior, Makenna Ford said, “It was a great feeling being recognized for my hard word and accomplishments. When I was obtaining the grades I have been, I had no idea that I was going to be recognized.”

DES allows students, alumni, and faculty to stay connected and be recognized for achievements of service, Catholic traditions, and academics. There are over 39,000 members as of January 2019 and 79 chapters. With only a one-time fee of fifty-five dollars for an induction payment, members are in more a lifetime and get a subscription to the DES Journal that is published twice a year.

Graduate Assistant, Megan Glover said, “I worked hard through my years as an undergraduate student to get good grades, so being recognized as a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma was a nice acknowledgement that my hard work did not go unrecognized.”

The induction ceremony for the 2019 members will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 15thin the St. Francis Center on the campus of Briar Cliff University.

Students get sworn in to Delta Epsilon Sigma at BCU.

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