Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society

Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) is an honorary society for students of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at RIT Croatia's Dubrovnik campus. The idea for the Dubrovnik chapter came from RIT Rochester campus study abroad student Linden Pohland, who worked with Prof. Milena Kuznin to make the chapter a reality. The society is endorsed by International Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). The RIT Croatia chapter is now one of 90 ESD chapters around the world, and the first one to be established in Croatia and the immediate region.


The purpose of ESD is to recognize the scholastic and professional achievement of the students in the academic majors of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Individual members pledge to uphold the following five points of honor in their professional lives:

  • Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Service
  • Ethics

The professional benefits of Eta Sigma Delta include an opportunity for outstanding students to distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters and industry executives in an increasingly competitive industry.


There are four categories of membership in ESD: undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni/ae, and honorary members.

To be eligible for membership in Eta Sigma Delta, a student must:

  • Be currently enrolled at Rochester Institute of Technology - Croatia.
  • Have completed at least fifty percent (50%) of the credit hours required for graduation.
  • Have officially declared a major within the Hospitality Department. -2-
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 and/or be in the top twenty (20%) of the class.
  • Agree to uphold the values of excellence, leadership, creativity, service, and ethics.

Students who have not met the above criteria but who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of hospitality, tourism, and/or culinary arts can be awarded membership by the Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Chapter Advisor.