Sonoran Desert Institute

SDI's affiliations with Honor Societies give our students opportunities to go above and beyond during your time as a student.

Honor Societies

SDI’s affiliations with Honor Societies gives you ways to go above and beyond during your time as a student.

Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society

Delta Epsilon Tau is the premier national honor society for America’s accredited distance learning institutions. Delta Epsilon Tau only places Chapters in those institutions recognized by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The purpose of the Society is to encourage and recognize superior student academic achievement, character and leadership. The fact that an individual is elected to membership sets her or him apart from other students and clearly demonstrates a serious commitment to distance education and self-study.

Membership Privileges and Honors

  • National Student Recognition
  • Reference Delta Epsilon Tau on all Future Resumes
  • Lifetime Membership (no annual dues)
  • Letters of Reference (upon request)
  • Networking Opportunities with other Delta Epsilon Tau Chapters
  • Delta Epsilon Tau Members receive personalized Membership Certificates that profile their institutions and Chapters
  • Each Certificate includes the Delta Epsilon Tau Gold Seal of Distinction
  • Delta Epsilon Tau Members receive the DET Gold Key, Congratulatory Letter, and Honor Society Narrative
  • Recognition Process

    All DETHS candidates are nominated by their respective Chapters. Honor Society membership applications are mailed with the appropriate membership fee to the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society.

    All recognition materials are customized and distributed by the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society. Honor graduates receive:

    Membership Certificates – Each certificate, prepared individually, includes:

  • The Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society Crest
  • The Name of the Outstanding Graduate
  • The Name of the Distance Learning Institution
  • The Specific Chapter Name (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.)
  • The Official Date of Graduation (if requested)
  • The Delta Epsilon Tau Gold Seal of Distinction
  • Honor Society Gold Key

    To accompany the certificates, each honor graduate also receives the Delta Epsilon Tau Gold Key. Professionally die struck, sandblasted and polished, each Gold Key bears the Greek letters for DET. For presentation purposes, each Gold Key is handsomely profiled in its own case.

    The emblem, a gold key or badge, may be worn with pride by those who have been elected to membership. This emblem bears the Greek letters for DET, the Flaming Torch and two of the finest words in any language—Integrity and Excellence.

    The Flaming Torch

    Represents the light of continuous learning. The light serves as a guide, meaning that you are guided by the light of learning and are yourself a guide to others. This image or symbol of knowledge illustrates the significant value of lifelong learning, which for many adults now enrolled in distance education institutions, includes continued learning while earning.

    Congratulatory Letters

    Each Honor graduate receives a special congratulatory letter from the Honor Society.

    Honor Society Narrative & Overview

    Each Honor graduate receives a narrative and overview about the Society.

    Charters for chapters of Delta Epsilon Tau may only be granted to institutions accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

    The original group shall include the institution’s chief executive officer, an academic officer or senior faculty member and those students and others who qualify under Delta Epsilon Tau standards.

    The applicant shall pay a one-time charter fee based on total enrollments of the institution.

    There are no dues for member schools or individuals. The base charge for each member is $40. Honor Cords are $15 each.

    Each honor student elected to membership receives a personalized membership certificate which includes the name of the college or school, the chapter name, the date of graduation and the official Delta Epsilon Tau Gold Seal of Distinction. The individual membership fee is paid by each honor graduate. As an added service, each honor student also receives a special congratulatory letter from Delta Epsilon Tau and a narrative about the society. Upon request, letters of reference are provided.

    Although grading systems vary, student candidates should generally have marks of “A” or rank in the upper ten percent (10%) of the graduating class. Qualifications for regular membership will document that the student.

  • Completed his or her own work, independently;
  • Successfully graduated; and
  • Maintained over the minimum qualifying grade point average (as determined by the Chapter).
  • Institutions may also elect faculty, staff, alumni and honorary members. These individuals should have distinguished records of service to the institution or be recognized leaders in their fields of work. Honorary members may include community leaders, state officials, employers, Members of Congress, or in some cases, members of the media.

    Chapters may be suspended or expelled for failure to comply with Delta Epsilon Tau regulations and policies.

    The institution shall publicize the nature of the society and the requirements for membership from time to time during each school term or year.

    Changes, modifications and additions may be made in the regulations and policies of the society by the national office, to be effective on publication or written notice.

    Application

    To submit an application for consideration of acceptance, please complete the Application Form: Sonoran Desert Institute DETHS DEAC New Student Membership Application. You may remit your payment using our Online Payment Portal after your application has been reviewed.

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    SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

    Welcome to the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society for the Sonoran Desert Institute! As an SDI student and a member of the United States Armed Forces, you deserve recognition for your academic achievements and contributions.

    Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute – Excellence

    History

    SALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence. In 2009, Colorado State University was awarded the ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Grant, and from that SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society was created. SALUTE is the first honor society created for student veterans and military at two- and four-year higher education institutions nationwide.

    The founders of SALUTE at Colorado State University write, “Some of the terms synonymous with SALUTE are to acknowledge, congratulate, hail, pay homage, pay respects, pay tribute, present arms, and recognize. These are the types of things we at SALUTE hope to do for our members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers.”

    Charter Members

    SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society at Sonoran Desert Institute was established on March 10, 2016. Charter members are:

  • Paul Zagnoni (School President)
  • Zeke Stout (Chair)
  • Wes LeMay (Executive Director of Strategic Development)
  • Traci Lee (VP Operations)
  • Walter Howard (Chief, Military Liaison; SALUTE Chapter Advisor)
  • Membership in SALUTE is by invitation only and is open to all Sonoran Desert Institute students enrolled in the Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program. Eligible students will be notified and encouraged to complete the application process. A selection committee made up of the Chapter Advisor and a group of faculty and staff members will review requested military documentation and select new members.

    Undergraduate Students

    To attain membership into SALUTE as an undergraduate student, you must meet the following criteria as of January 1 and July 1:

  • Be currently enrolled as a student in the Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program. Students must be in good financial standing with SDI.
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 semester Hours.
  • Have a minimum GPA of a 3.0.
  • Be currently serving in the Armed Forces (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves).
  • Veteran must be honorably discharged.
  • A unique element for undergraduate students is the GPA ranking tier. This system was designed to encourage student veterans to strive for academic success at their university. Undergraduate members of SALUTE advance to higher tiers of the GPA ranking system during their tenure at their university.

  • Alpha 3.75 – 4.00
  • Bravo 3.50 – 3.74
  • Charlie 3.25 – 3.24
  • Delta 3.00 – 3.24
  • Membership in SALUTE requires a one-time lifetime membership fee of $20 paid at the time of acceptance.

    All members receive a membership certificate and military-style challenge coin.

    Member Privileges

    Through SALUTE Headquarters:

    Benefits of membership include eligibility of individual members to apply and compete for national SALUTE scholarships. SALUTE is being set up so that operating costs are low and the majority of membership fees will be going into scholarships for student veterans across the nation who are students at institutions with charter memberships. These nationally awarded scholarships will be designed to support student veterans who need supplementation of their GI Bill® funding or who do not have GI Bill funding. Another benefit is the ability to nominate representatives to the SALUTE National Advisory Committee.

    For more information about SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, please visit SALUTE’s website.

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

    Through Sonoran Desert Institute:

    All members receive a membership certificate.

    Contact

    Contact the SALUTE Chapter Advisor at salute@sdi.edu

    Application

    To submit an application for consideration of acceptance, please complete the Application Form: SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society at Sonoran Desert Institute Application. You may remit your payment using our Online Payment Portal after your application has been reviewed or you may contact our Financial Services department for payment processing.

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