Epsilon Delta Epsilon is a Professional Honors Society for the School of Business that is committed to “Excellence in Developing Entrepreneurs”. Today, Epsilon Delta Epsilon (EDE) focuses on entrepreneurship, professionalism, academic excellence and leadership. We are a Professional Honors Society dedicated to recognizing and rewarding students who pursue one or all of these focuses.
As a professional honors society, we hold “Professional Events” that are created towards helping you achieve confidence in the business world, learn entrepreneurial skills and network among students, other organizations and people with professional occupations. Whether you are any kind of business major or not, knowing how to handle yourself professionally is important. That’s why we’re here! Though we are academic oriented, we are also a social organization and, in becoming part of EDE, we hope to help you meet new people like yourself, have fun, be active on campus, and feel like you can rely on us for any help. Therefore, we hold “Brother & Sister Events” through-out the academic year like picnics, BBQs, field trips and dinners. EDE may have changed a lot since its founding years, but we are proud of the organization we’ve become, one that is highly respected and recognized in the Montclair State University School of Business.
Epsilon Delta Epsilon was founded as a national professional honors co-ed fraternity by Dr. Joseph Hecht in 1969. It was formed at Montclair State University along with six other colleges: SUNY Albany, SUNY Buffalo, Delaware State College, Rider University, Trenton State College, and Temple University.
Having just graduated from high school, Joseph Hecht was drafted into the Army and became a glider trooper in the 82nd airborne division. After his experience in the army, he obtained his bachelors, masters, and doctorate from Long Island University.
While going for his advanced degrees, he also completed the Macy’s executive training program and became a buyer of fabrics. He then went on to teach at small institutes such as: a New Jersey high school, a NY state community college, and finally arrived at Montclair State University in 1964. Although his major was Retailing, he went on to start the marketing department & established Epsilon Delta Epsilon to reflect the areas of discipline in Retailing, Marketing, and International Business. Present day, Epsilon Delta Epsilon stands for “Excellence in Developing Entrepreneurs” and has expanded to include all business majors; emphasizing in the four key disciplines.
The first year you join, once you’ve completed your points and paid your fees, you will be inducted as an official Epsilon Delta Epsilon Member. At Induction, you and your chapter “cross” and pledge to the organization. As honor students, you receive your Epsilon Delta Epsilon Certificate, your Lettered EDE t-shirt and receive gifts from the Executive Board. Your family is welcomed to attend and witness for themselves your great accomplishments. During Induction, the new Executive Board is also pledged, Scholarship Awards and our Traditional EDE Awards are announced and awarded by our advisor, the head of the Marketing Department and other faculty dedicated to EDE. In your Senior Year, unless you are being inducted that year, you attend the Induction Ceremony again and receive your Honor Cords for graduation. Note: only Active graduating seniors receive honor cords.
Our organization differs from others at MSU by helping future entrepreneurs excel in not only the skills you need to succeed in the professional world, but also the skills you need to succeed in life. Like in the past, EΔE will continue to focus on leadership & entrepreneur development by having guest speakers, professional workshops, networking opportunities, company sponsored events, and community service.