Delta Tau Delta earns fraternity’s most prestigious honor

For the fifth time since 1990, Marietta College’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity has been awarded its organization’s most prestigious honor—The Hugh Shields Award.

The Epsilon Upsilon chapter received the award during the Northern Division Conference brunch on Sunday, Jan. 29, in Indianapolis. More than 400 members of Delta Tau Delta were in attendance, and the award places them as one of the top 10 DTD chapters out of 121 in the nation.

“It was very exciting watching the eight Marietta Delts take the stage to collect our flag,” said Rick Neel ’73, the assistant chapter advisor for the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at Marietta. “In a coincidence, Indianapolis is the same city that saw us win our first Hugh Shields Award,” which was in 1990.

The award named for Hugh Shields, Beta Alpha of Indiana University, who was the first executive vice president of the fraternity. The award is given to the top 10 chapters in the fraternity every year based on their accomplishments in all areas of chapter programming and operations. The award presented is a purple and gold Hugh Shields Flag that is similar to the flag of Delta Tau Delta.

Since Marietta has claimed this honor five time, the chapter was presented with a customized flag that has the name of the chapter and the years won, which they get to keep.

Marietta’s chapter won the Hugh Shields Award in 1990, 1992, 1993 and 2008. Marietta College’s Delts also received a Court of Honor, which is given to the top 20 chapters in the nation based on their accomplishments in chapter programming and operations.

The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter also received awards for the being above the Marietta College all-male-average on campus, highest fraternity average on campus, and best implementation of The ROAD, a program for life skills, career development, and personal leadership.