The national business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, was officially installed at the University of La Verne April 9. With 33 business students in the alpha class, ULV joins 286 universities as the Tau Omega chapter.
Sophomore economics major and Delta Sigma Pi Founding Father Justin Yeh was able to prove that the professional fraternity could function for a year on campus and led them to successful installment.
“It was difficult, it was a tough ride,” Yeh said. “But it is very rewarding to see the opportunity people get through the programs that we are hosting.”
Opportunity and networking within the business community are Yeh’s main focus for the fraternity.
While there are many social clubs on campus, few offer connections outside of La Verne, Yeh said.
“You get to see so many different people who are out there waiting for you to reach out and acquire the opportunity,” Yeh said.
Delta Sigma Pi plans on holding professional, fundraising and community service events for its students to promote diversity and unity.
One of the benefits of the fraternity is the Scholarship Key awarded at the end of each year to the highest ranking senior business student, regardless of their involvement in the chapter.
Nearby Delta Sigma Pi chapters include UC Riverside, Redlands and Chapman. Yeh is driven to get out of the involvement only at La Verne and get involved with the brothers at other schools to build a network and bond.
“Within our group we have gone to UCR and Chapman to UCI just to look at their events and through that process we have been able to expand our network, friendships and opportunities throughout Southern California,” Yeh said.
The Tau Omega chapter competed Sunday in the “Bro Games” against nine surrounding chapters and finished in third place, an unusual accomplishment for a recently initiated chapter. The team competed in basketball, volleyball.
Yeh plans to continue growing the fraternity in his remaining years at La Verne.
“I foresee Delta Sig becoming the best business fraternity, club and fraternity on campus because we are providing opportunity, and practical knowledge,” Yeh said.
“Ten years down the way when I come back and I see brother 560 and I’m brother No. 1, I’m going to be like damn.”