Delta Sigma Phi awards its chapters and individual members with several honors for outstanding success. Here is a list of our most recent award recipients.
Mr. Delta Sig Award (awarded annually)
2018 recipient: Christopher L. Northern, The University of Texas at Austin ’77
Created in 1969, the Mr. Delta Sig Award serves as the Fraternity’s highest honor, bestowed upon an individual who has given extraordinary service to the Fraternity for an extended amount of time. In 2017, Delta Sigma Phi began a new tradition of selecting a Mr. Delta Sig annually.
Career Achievement Award
2017 recipients: Justin Baldwin, San Jose State University, ’64; Ketih Farr, PhD, University of Alabama, ’80; Ret. Col. Dick Averitt, Duke University, ’64; Robert Conway, St. Francis College, ’69
The Career Achievement Award is presented to members of the Fraternity who have achieved outstanding success within their chosen professions. First given in 1985, the list of recipients includes two Pulitzer Prize winners, a U.S. presidential candidate, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s deputy chief of staff, the former chairman of NCR, the CEO of the Hershey, former CEO of Walmart, and others.
E. Allen James Outstanding Undergraduate Award (awarded during convention years)
2018 recipient: James “Jak” Kramer, Indiana State University ’15
First presented in 1965, the Outstanding Undergraduate Award was named in honor of E. Allen James, North Carolina State University ’65, upon his retirement as Executive Director of the Fraternity in 1987. This award is presented annually to the undergraduate member who has contributed the most to his chapter and the Fraternity.
Harvey H. Hebert Memorial Award (awarded during convention years)
2017 recipients:Chris Edmonds, University of Alabama at Birmingham, ’88; Chris “Yabut” Patterson, California Polytechnic State University, ’73; Kirk Tolle, Transylvania University, ’79; Joe Bertolino, East Stroudsburg University of Pennysylvania, ’94
The Hebert Awards are presented to two or more members of the Fraternity who have performed an outstanding act for the good of the Fraternity, or whose diligence and persevering work have made them worthy of the award. Recipients must have been a member in good standing for at least 10 years.
The first Harvey H. Hebert Awards were presented in 1931 in memory of Harvey H. Hebert, Tulane University ’21, who was killed in a tragic car accident while serving as Chapter President at Tulane. At the time of his death, he also served as president of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and was first in his class academically. The Hebert Award was the highest award in the Fraternity until the creation of the Mr. Delta Sig Award in 1969.
Francis “Pete” Wacker Interfraternity Award (awarded during convention years)
2017 recipient: Judson Horras, Beta Theta Pi, CEO of the North American Interfraternity Conference
The Francis “Pete” Wacker Award for interfraternal service is presented to either a member or a nonmember of the Fraternity who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of interfraternal cooperation or the improvement of his or her own fraternity, sorority or Greek world in general.
The award is named for past Delta Sigma Phi Executive Director Francis “Pete” Wacker, Pennsylvania State University ’33. He was well known in the interfraternal world and served as president of the Fraternity Executives Association and the College Fraternity Editors Association.
Russell T. Roebuck Outstanding National Volunteer Award (awarded during convention years)
2017 recipient: Scott Moore, University of Alabama, ’80
Given previously to District Governors and Leadership Advisors, the Russell T. Roebuck Outstanding National Volunteer Award is now presented to a national volunteer who has performed exceptional service to the chapters he has advised. The effectiveness the volunteer has shown in working with chapters, new chapters and alumni groups is the primary criterion for receiving this award.
The award is named for Russell T. Roebuck, Barton College ’58, who served the Fraternity as a member of the Grand Council and as National President.
Charles G. Bartell Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award (awarded during convention years)
2017 recipient: James Gay, University of Missouri, ’01
The Charles G. Bartell Award is presented to an individual serving in an advisory capacity to a chapter or new chapter who has excelled at leading that group.
Charles Bartell, University of Idaho ’54, served as Chapter Advisor for the Gamma Iota Chapter at the University of Idaho for more than four decades.
Executive Director Award
2017 recipients: Tom Lambert, Indiana State University, ‘88; Carol Arenstein; Benjamin Hopper, Kansas State University, ’09
The Executive Director Award is presented to honor a member, volunteer or employee of the Fraternity for exceptional service or achievement.
Order of the Sphinx (awarded annually)
2017-2018 recipients: Click here for full list.
Created in 1985, the Order of the Sphinx Award recognizes the significant contributions individual
undergraduate members have made to their chapters or the Fraternity as a whole. Members are
nominated for this award by their chapter, alumni advisors or the Executive Director.
Pyramid of Excellence Award
- Alpha Upsilon – Kansas State University
- Zeta Kappa – University of Northern Colorado
- Delta Epsilon – Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Iota Mu – Kennesaw State University
- Beta Mu – Transylvania University
- Epsilon Kappa – Loyola University Chicago
The Pyramid of Excellence is the highest honor awarded to undergraduate chapters. It recognizes those chapters who are operationally exceptional, and serve as standard bearers within Delta Sigma Phi and at their host institutions.
Chapter of Distinction Award
2017-2018 recipient: Gamma Chi – Drexel University
The Chapter of Distinction is awarded to some of the highest-achieving chapters within Delta Sigma Phi. Winners of this award exceed the expectations of chapter sustainability, and model the way for their peers locally and nationally. These are high performing chapters, but have not yet met the standards for the Pyramid of Excellence.
Robert R. Harris Award for Outstanding Recruitment
2017-2018 recipient: Kappa Delta – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Honorable mentions: Zeta Kappa – University of Northern Colorado; Epsilon Tau – Grand Valley State University
The Robert R. Harris Award for Outstanding Recruitment is awarded to the chapter and determined by three categories:, improve their recruitment efforts from one academic year to the next, demonstrate strong membership retention, and implement a values based membership selection process.
The award is named in memory of Robert R. Harris, Saint Louis University ’88, a former Director of Expansion for Delta Sigma Phi who passed away while on staff.
Loren Mall Ritual Award
2017-2018 recipient: Alpha Upsilon – Kansas State University
The chapter embodies living the Ritual by regularly rehearsing and executing all chapter-related Rituals, and by providing comprehensive Ritual analysis and education to its members at least once a semester.
Blood, Sweat & Cash
2017-2018 recipient: Delta Epsilon – Missouri University of Science and Technology
Honorable mention: Alpha Chi – Stetson University; Eta Eta – Rochester Institute of Technology; Eta Rho – University of North Carolina at Charlotte
This award for American Red Cross involvement focuses on overall engagement with our national
philanthropic service partner. A combination of blood (how the chapter contributed to blood drives), sweat (hands on service given by members of the chapter) and cash (dollars raised) are taken into consideration.
Outstanding Community Service
2017-2018 recipient: Beta Mu – Transylvania University
Honorable mentions: Alpha Upsilon – Kansas State University; Iota Omicron – George Washington University
Outstanding Philanthropy Event
2017-2018 recipient: Zeta Kappa – University of Northern Colorado
Recipients of this award went above and beyond the expectations to simply raise money for an
organization. Their local philanthropic efforts raise the bar for what it means to be a chapter of action.
Strong Leaders Award
2017-2018 recipient: Theta Lambda – Dickinson College
Honorable mentions: Alpha Nu – Oglethorpe University; Beta Mu – Transylvania University
Recipients of this award exemplify campus leadership. The selection criteria include number of campus leadership positions held.