Students at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have almost 30 unique student groups that they can choose to join. In each installment of this series, an executive member of one of these student groups will share their first-hand experience choosing, participating in and eventually leading their group.
Steven Abrams, Class of 2020 hotel, restaurant and institutional management major with a minor in beverage management, is the president of Eta Sigma Delta at the Lerner College. Abrams shared why he joined Eta Sigma Delta, what makes this group unique and more!
When and why did you choose to join this student group?
Abrams: I chose to join Eta Sigma Delta at the beginning of my junior year. This is an honor society for students in hospitality-related fields so I joined when I was admitted.
What is the mission of your student group?
Abrams: The goal of Eta Sigma Delta is to gain further educational experience in the field and assist the HRIM Department in the success of the major. We are committed to enhancing the reputation of the HRIM program at UD through academic excellence, service-learning, technological innovation and a dynamic relationship with the hospitality industry.
What is your best memory from this student group?
Abrams: My best memory from this group is my induction ceremony. At this ceremony, I was with my classmates that also achieved the requirements to be inducted, with my parents watching. Being in this situation gave me a sense of pride in my accomplishments and the group as a whole.
What is unique about your student group?
Abrams: What makes our group unique is that it is a selective honor society only for hospitality students. In order to be inducted, students must maintain a certain grade and activity levels within the major.
What has been your proudest moment leading your student group?
Abrams: I just started as president this semester, so I have not had many experiences leading the group, but I am looking forward to working with all the members.
What are your goals for the future of your student group?
Abrams: My goals for the future of the group are to maintain its reputation as an honor society and continue to help the HRIM Department in any way possible.
How has your student group helped you grow?
Abrams: Eta Sigma Delta has connected me to peers and professionals both at school and in the hospitality industry. It has helped me become better prepared for success in the industry.
Eta Sigma Delta has 19 members and meets once or twice every semester in Raub Hall.