The three charter members of the new Kappa Alpha Chapter of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor
Society were initiated at the Halfway Soiree on Friday, 31 January. Faculty advisor
Michael Hagge, with co-advisor Jennifer Barker and Dr. Richard R Ranta, Dean of the
College of Communication and Fine Arts, presented the certificate of membership to
Matt Sihvonen, Megan Hoover, and Jeremy Dollar.
Matt is a second year Master of Architecture student who also earned the BFA in Architecture
at the University of Memphis. Megan is a first year M.Arch student and earned the
BFA in Architecture and BFA in Interior Design degrees from the University of Memphis.
Jeremy is a fourth year student in the BFA in Architecture degree program and plans
to enter the M.Arch program in the fall.
Tau Sigma Delta (TSD) is the only national honor society for architecture and the
allied arts in the USA. It was organized in 1913 at the University of Michigan by
the faculty in Architecture and Landscape Design who selected the first group of fourth
year honor students to be the founding members.
After expanding to other universities, Tau Sigma Delta developed from an honor society
in Architecture and Landscape Architecture to become inclusive of upper level undergraduate
and graduate students in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Engineering,
City Planning, Interior Design, and Industrial Design. TSD is active in over 80 universities
with an accredited program in Architecture.
The Kappa Alpha Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta was formed at the University of Memphis
in 2013. Former President Shirley Raines, shortly before leaving office, submitted
the formal petition for establishment of a chapter and soon thereafter, we were notified
the petition had been approved.
Membership in Tau Sigma Delta is based on scholarly achievement. To be eligible a
student must have completed five semesters in the appropriate professional degree
or professional degree sequence (4+2), have an overall GPA of 3.5, and be in the top
20 percent of his/her class.
Members of the second class of TSD will be initiated at the Department of Architecture
Awards Reception in May. These new members include fourth year BFA in Architecture
student Katherine Nelson and fourth year BFA in Interior Design students Leigh Barker
and SooMin Kim. The spring initiation will also include newly-eligible third year
BFA and M.Arch students.
(l-r) Jennifer Barker, Michael Hagge, Jeremy Dollar, Megan Hoover, Matt Sihvonen,