Texas A&M Sigma Delta
College Station, TX 77843
Charter Date May 21, 1964
Chapter No. 77
Advisor Dr. Timothy Jacobs
After considerable preliminary planning, in which National Secretary-Treasurer James W Bayne and the Texas Kappa Chapter provided valuable assistance, The Texas A&M Sigma Delta Chapter was organized under the leadership of Dr J. George H. Thompson. National President E. Kent Springer, Secretary-Treasurer James W. Bayne, and Regional Vice-President Donald R. Haworth formally installed the chapter on May 21, 1964.
Members of the Sigma Delta Chapter are proud of their contributions to the school which has done so much good for them. The recent presentation of a $1000 check to the Dean of the College of Engineering climaxed twenty semesters of fund-raising. The Dean will purchase a podium for the Engineering College auditorium with the money.
Chapter activities include a smoker during which members and prospective pledges get acquainted, a project through which members or pledges help serve the department, and a social in honor of the graduating seniors. A banquet, attended by student and faculty members and wives, highlights every semester.
ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORTS
2020-2021 Aneil Marathi, President
The Texas A&M Sigma Delta chapter has had a successful year. We welcomed ten new members during our fall induction ceremony and five new members during our spring induction ceremony, despite all the difficulties that come with recruiting and conducting the pledge process during a pandemic. Throughout the academic year, our members enjoyed time together during socials, service projects, and corporate speaker meetings, each with a virtual/remote option so that all dedicated pledges could complete their requirements. Our chapter was also represented virtually by officers and members at the 2021 National Convention. During the fall semester and our time together in the spring, we hosted several socials where pledges and actives could meet and enjoy time together while doing things like trivia, movie and game nights, and remote study sessions. We were even able to host multiple in-person social events following the safety protocols of our university. Our chapter enjoys hosting corporate meetings each semester where we invite someone from industry to make a presentation either about their company or another subject that will help to guide our initiates and actives in their future career. We were able to host companies like Accenture and Shah and Smith Assc virtually in order to show what mechanical engineers can do in non-traditional industries for our major. In the fall semester, we had to think of ways to conduct service events that were accessible to remote pledges. This led us to our park clean-up event and our canned food drive! We had members pick up trash at local parks and submit pictures as proof instead of one united park clean-up as in past semesters. We also hosted a can drive in coordination with the 12th Can to collect food for a local nonprofit. That food drive was so successful that we decided to repeat it in the spring, along with an in-person service event in coordination with the Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity. While our year was definitely challenging with COVID-19 restrictions, we enjoyed the time we had together to connect with other mechanical engineering students and faculty members, learn from the experiences of speakers from industry, and serve our community.