The Director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Dr. Wesley Autio, recently announced that a chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the National Agricultural Honor Society will be established at UMass. The top seniors in agriculturally related departments will be invited as the initial group of inductees to be honored at a ceremony on March 25.
Gamma Sigma Delta began as a professional agricultural society called at Ohio State University on December 1, 1905. Its founders were the dean of the college, several faculty members, and the top undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture. There are currently 52 chapters in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Honduras.
The founding officers of the UMass Chapter are:
President – Dr. Wesley Autio
President-elect – Dr. Geunhwa Jung
Secretary – Dr. John M. Gerber
Treasurer – Dr. Cassie Uricchio
Historian – Dr. Allen Barker
Gamma Sigma Delta represent the initial letters of the Greek words Gaia, Syndesmos and Demeter and stand for the statement “the binding together of earth, the mother of all, and the practice of agriculture, the arts relating to the welfare of all humankind.”
The initial group of inductees will be announced on March 25.