Stevens’ Rho Chapter of Delta Tau Delta honored with the Hugh Shields Award

HOBOKEN, N.J. - The Rho Chapter of Delta Tau Delta at Stevens Institute of Technology has been honored with a Hugh Shields Award by the International Fraternity for 2010. The chapter was awarded this distinction at the Eastern Division Leadership Conference, February 13, 2010, in Albany.

The Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence was officially established in 1965. It is named for the late Hugh Shields (Indiana University, 1926), the first executive vice president of the Fraternity. The award’s criteria is designed to recognize overall excellence in a chapter.

“This award, which is given based on a combination of factors including community service, overall GPA and campus leadership, really illustrates the dedication of the house to become more community-focused,” said Chris Ciabattone, president of Stevens’ Rho Chapter. “It is nice to be recognized for all our efforts and the hard work of the brothers. I see this as a step toward further establishing Delta Tau Delta in a leadership role on campus and we intend to keep this momentum going as we move forward.”

In addition to receiving the Hugh Shields Award, Rho also received a Court of Honor Award. This is the seventh time in the history of the Rho Chapter that the group has received the Court of Honor Award.

The Court of Honor Award was officially established in 1965. The annual award is presented to the top 20 chapters in the Fraternity. For the 2010 reporting year, all chapters were asked to submit the Fraternity Awards/Accreditation Report. Chapters were asked to provide documents that measure compliance with the Fraternity’s minimum operating standards and exceptional facets of their operations and Delt programming. Chapters were graded on excellence in chapter finance, recruitment, membership education, academics, alumni relations and community service.

Delta Tau Delta has 127 chapters and colonies across the United States with a membership of about 7,000 undergraduates and 155,000 alumni members. The Fraternity posts a GPA of 2.96, making it one of the highest achieving men’s fraternities in academics.

Delta Tau Delta is a values-driven fraternity founded in 1858. Its mission, “Committed to Lives of Excellence,” is what the Fraternity seeks to represent at its host institutions. Delta Tau Delta strives to develop its members’ leadership skills, seeks superior academic achievement, promotes community service efforts and helps its members launch successful careers.

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