Both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in GSU's Health Administration program can benefit from membership in the GSU Chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta, the Health Administration Honor Society.

Health Administration Honor Society -- Upsilon Phi Delta -- GSU Chapter

Policies and Procedures
Nature of Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society -- Governors State University Chapter

 Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society logo

Upsilon Phi Delta is a national academic honor society for students in health administration. It is a member benefit of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Upsilon, Phi and Delta are Greek words for health, care, and leadership, respectively.


The Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society - Governors State University Chapter (UPD-GSU Chapter) is an active member of the Upsilon Delta National Honor Society and is comprised of qualified students from both graduate and undergraduate programs.

The Mission of the UPD-GSU Chapter

The mission of the UPD-GSU Chapter is to enhance the academic and professional competence of individual members. This mission is achieved by: 


  1. Elevating the standards, ideals, competence, professionalism and ethics of educated students in health administration.
  2. Recognizing and encouraging scholarship in health administration.
  3. Motivating academic and professional excellence in health administration students.
  4. Providing a supporting platform to UPD members for greater interaction and mutual support.
  5. Offering financial assistance through scholarships offered by the UPD National Honor Society.
  6. Preparing students for successful career path.

Membership in UPD-GSU Chapter

  1. Membership eligibility
    a. Current Students
    Membership application for the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is limited to students who provide evidence of outstanding scholarship in terms of a higher grade point average on a 4.0 grade point scale. Graduate students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and undergraduate students a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
    b. Alumni
    Alumni of the health administration graduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and alumni of the health administration undergraduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 are eligible to be a member of the UPD-GSU Chapter.
  2. Pledging and initiation

    Candidates may be considered for membership after completion of Graduation Application.

Administration of the UPD-GSU Chapter


1. General Administration


     a. The Chair of the GSU Health Administration Department appoints a full-time faculty member to administer the UPD-GSU Chapter.

     b. The Chapter administrator is responsible for conducting all the affairs of the Chapter, including the following:

  • Recruiting members.
  • Administering students and alumni applications.
  • Keeping record of membership.
  • Communicating with UPD members.
  • Planning special events and programs for UPD members.
  • Planning new members' induction ceremony.
  • Administering members' scholarship applications.
  • Posting news and information on the Health Administration Program website.
  • Serving as a liaison between the Health Administration Program and UPD National Honor Society.

     c.  Membership contribution
         Members possess a lifetime affiliation with UPD with a one-time membership fee of $40. This covers the cost of UPD recognition pin, cord, certification and induction ceremony. 

2. Qualifying courses in UPD-GSU

     a. Undergraduate program
     b. Graduate program

3. Officers

     a. President: Melissa Parram-Taylor
     b. Vice President: Risa Stegall
     c. Secretary: Krysten Coy
     d. Treasurer: Douaa Chehade
     e. Event Coordinator: Amal Abdullatif
     f.  Membership Coordinator: Kila King

4. Administrator

    a. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo

5. Official Colors

    The official colors of the Honors Society are Crimson Red and Blue.

Membership Application 

For a membership application to Upsilon Phi Delta, the GSU Chapter of the Health Administration Honor Society, please click on the link below.  Note: Application deadline is Friday, March 20, 2015, at 5 p.m.

Upsilon Phi Delta Inaugural Induction Ceremony

The following students were inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta national academic honor society for students in healthcare management, leadership or administration at the Inaugural Ceremony on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Sherman Recital Hall at Governors State University.

              2014 Student Inductees


Amal Abdellatif                        Kimberley Lando
Farah Ahmed                           Archana Liggins
Ato Anderson                          Kila King
Eileen Balthazar                      Amy McMahon
Douaa Chehade                      Melissa Parram-Taylor
Krysten Coy                           Randie Salerno
Uzma Fatima                          Risa Stegall 
Sarina Filippini                       John Trobol
Rosemary Hanlon                  Tanisha Young

Presenting the honors to each student were College of Health and Human Services Dean Elizabeth A. Cada, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA and Rupert M. Evans, Sr., DHA, MPA, FACHE, Chair of the Health Administration Department.
Opening remarks were delivered by Sheree Y. Sanderson, MA, CCSP, Assistant Dean of Students. Also assisting at the ceremony was Jennifer Groebner, Ed.D., MHA, BSN, Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Health Administration.
UPD Cada(Pictured, left to right, CHHS Dean Elizabeth A. Cada, Dr. Rupert Evans, Sheree Sanderson and Dr. Jennifer Groebner.) 

Closing remarks were delivered by Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, Ph.D., MBA, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Administration. Dr. Ramamonjiarivelo is pictured, below, receiving a bouquet of flowers from the students in thanks for her work with the Honor Society.
UPD Zo pic

 UPD Group Shot

A reception for the inductees (pictured above) followed the ceremony.

 UPD Cake