For more than 15 years, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management‘s professional business fraternity, the Xi Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), has made giving back to the community a priority. As a member of DSP, students must participate in more than three community service events every semester. With more than 100 members, DSP’s community service activities result in over 600 hours of service yearly.
“I am honored to the DSP – Xi Tau faculty advisor,” said Maryann Monforte, professor of accounting practice at the Whitman School. “I have watched this organization grow over the past few years and win various awards at the DSP national conferences. Professional events and networking opportunities with other student organizations are important but Xi Tau has made giving back to their community a top priority. I am so proud of all their efforts and the positive light they bring to Whitman.”
Here’s a look back at just some of the ways DSP members have given back:
Cuse vs. Cancer 5K Color Run
DSP members contacted organizations and companies on campus to find sponsors for their 5K color run fundraiser to fight cancer. As a result, the organization raised $1,500 for the Jim & Juli Boeheim Coaches Against Cancer Fund.
To help American Red Cross’ mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering, DSP members promoted, organized and worked a school-wide blood drive. DSP surpassed the driving goal set by the American Red Cross by nearly 60 donors.
Baking Cookies for the Less Fortunate
DSP members visited the Ronald McDonald House Charities facility in Syracuse, New York to bake batches of cookies for the children and families in the house.
Warehouse Volunteering and Recipe Cards
DSP members helped sort through donated clothing at the Rescue Mission, completing approximately fifteen large boxes of clothing items. Students also wrote easy to make, affordable recipes on index cards in order to help families in the Rescue Missions’ transition program make home cooked meals since some of these families do not have reliable internet access.
‘Adopt a Street’ Street Cleanup
DSP members successfully cleaned up off-campus streets including Comstock Ave. and Euclid Ave. by picking up trash.
“It is very humbling to have the opportunity to lead such an inclusive organization that emphasizes individual and community development,” explained Faiz Khan, president of DSP and student at the Whitman School.