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Delta Epsilon Iota Overview


Delta Epsilon Iota National Honor Society

What is DEI

From its inception, our mission has been to educate our membership on career development issues, encourage students to excel academically, and promote the principles of Dedication, Enthusiasm, and Initiative in all aspects of campus life. Over the years, the Society has embraced these values and today is one of the leading academic development organizations serving higher education.
Delta Epsilon Iota's membership is comprised of outstanding scholars attending many of the finest educational institutions in the country. Organizational vision and cutting edge resources have made the Society synonymous with leadership and excellence in academic life.

Who Can Join

Sophomore status (and above) having earned at least 30 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 (based on 4.0 scale. Students shall be invited into membership only by the authority and established procedures of the DEI Academic Honor Society. Must be a full time student at Tarleton.

Benefits for Tarleton DEI Members

  • Lifetime national membership recognition
  • Eligibility for member scholarships and awards including Delta Award, Epsilon Award, Iota Award, and the Aaron Gamble scholarship
  • Career workshops designed specifically for members
  • Experience in networking, marketing, and coordinating an event
  • Awareness of career resources
  • Leadership opportunities in career-oriented programs
  • Free Business Etiquette Dinner

The History

The Society was founded in 1994 by Andrew J. Bond, Associate Director of the University of Georgia Career Center, and Richard M. Drye, a student at the University of Georgia. The idea came together as a reaction to what Richard and Andrew saw as an explosion in "creative" recruiting tactics by employers. Time and time again, the top achievers were being recruited right out of the classroom without ever setting foot in the Career Center. Rich excelled academically at the University and was recruited Deloitte & Touche through some of these "creative" tactics. He returned to the University of Georgia to recruit other top students and during this process met Andrew and became acquainted with the University of Georgia Career Center. Despite the many great services offered by the Career Center, the top students seemed to have limited interaction. Andrew and Rich decided to team up to start an organization that would solve this problem.

The concept was simple. Let's build a student organization that will attract the top students on campus and conduct the organization's activities and programs around career development issues. Once these students are introduced to the career center staff and the importance of intentional career planning, they could spread the message to the other students at the University. In effect, the career center could help train student ambassadors while educating the organizational membership "beyond the classroom."

The organization was a success from day one with 117 new members from the first membership drive. The average member GPA was a 3.57 and they had completed an average of 62.3 credit hours. The students represented the vast majority of degree programs offered and were equally spread out among sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Quickly, the word around campus spread, and within 3 years, the career center was now actively involved in the second largest student organization on campus.

In 1999, The Career Center at the University of Michigan ( Ann Arbor ) wanted to start the organization on their campus and helped develop the "chapter" model which is still in use today. Once the model was perfected, the organization could quickly and easily be replicated at colleges and universities around the country.