Department: Chapter News Briefs
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Illinois Epsilon received the Ed King Award for Overall Excellence at the 2012 Bradley University Grand Chapter awards ceremony. The award recognizes the fraternity chapter that demonstrates the highest of standards in chapter operations, scholarship and campus involvement. Additionally, the chapter earned the following awards: Four-Star Chapter Award, Highest Overall Fraternity GPA, Most Improved GPA Among Fraternities and Highest New Member GPA. Tim Brockman earned the Highest GPA Award for the College of Engineering and Technology.
South Carolina Upsilon brothers have been celebrating several honors they during the College of Charleston’s Greek Life Borelli Awards. The chapter earned the Most Improved GPA, Excellence and Academic Programming, Excellence in Membership and Leadership Development and Chapter of Achievement Awards.
Indiana Epsilon, our Zeal Award chapter, also took a top honor this academic year at the University of Evansville. They earned the school’s Purple Chapter of Excellence Award, which recognizes the top chapter on campus. In addition, Nathan Winkelpleck was bestowed with Greek Man of the Year, and John Goth was awarded New Members of the Year.
Georgia Beta received an Excellence in Stewardship Award for the care of its house from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The chapter house, known as the Ross Crane home, was originally built for Colonel Ross Crane in 1842 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Renovations took place in 1982 and again in 2008, when alumni completed a rehabilitation and restoration project to restore many of the home’s original features. Those renovations included window repair, mitigation of water damage, exterior paint and interior upgrades. In its awards release, the Trust says although fraternity men rarely take care of their homes, Georgia Beta brothers have demonstrated commitment to protecting their historic house.
The men from California Upsilon organized an event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Usually, student organizations paint the university’s historic rock with ads for new pledge classes or fall events, but the chapter decided to promote breast cancer awareness instead. They sold pink treats and food at the rock painting, and members wore shirts branded with “TGs Think Pink” the entire day. They also provided facts, stories and statistics as part of the event. Students, faculty members and other spectators signed the back of the rock, which read “Sigma Alpha Epsilon Supports Breast Cancer Awareness” and allowed them to write names of people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
Middle Tennessee State
For the 36th year, Tennessee Beta sponsored the Miss Middle Tennessee State University and Miss Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Scholarship Pageant. The event serves as a preliminary competition to the Miss American contest and has provided thousands of dollars in scholarship money to MTSU co-eds since its inception. In addition, it is one of the most continuously held community-service events by any fraternity or sorority on campus.
Ohio Sigma upheld its annual tradition of hosting children from the community for its Spooks with SAE event. The community service event has become part of the chapter’s by-laws. Some of the members’ mothers helped the men decorate their house, and nearly 200 children turned out for trick-or-treat. In addition to the walk-through haunted house, members played a movie in the TV room. Their commitment to the event also allows them to provide a safe environment for the children to enjoy Halloween.
During a brotherhood event they conducted in the fall, the men of Connecticut Nu-Eta faced a medical emergency. One of the brothers, Nick Rodriques, went into a seizure, but two other brothers, Kevin Goralski and Patrick Richards, acted quickly to help save his life, drawing on their training and certification as EMTs. Rodriques recovered from the seizure and, upon his return to campus, was even cleared to play hockey on the university’s team, just in time for the homecoming game.
Ohio Theta brothers, in collaboration with Kappa Delta, held its winter philanthropic food drive known as Campus Cupboard Cleanout. Through their efforts, they helped to raise nearly 800 pounds of food for the MidOhio Foodbank as well as 50 community-service hours from 20 brothers. The drive also allowed the men to promote a good cause by working with sorority chapters on campus.
Province Theta held its annual Leadership School and Convention in early February. More than 100 undergraduates traveled to Memphis for the weekend event, which featured several educational opportunities. Eminent Supreme Deputy Archon Brad Cohen and Eminent Supreme Herald Tom Dement served as special guests and presided over an initiation of eight brothers from Tennessee Sigma at the University of Memphis. Louisiana Chi (Nicholls State) was awarded the J.L. “Jim” Pope Province Theta Zeal Award for the seventh consecutive year, and Tennessee Tau (Tennessee-Martin) and Mississippi Sigma (Southern Mississippi) were presented Chapter Achievement Awards for their respective states. Louisiana Tau-Upsilon (Tulane) received the Most Improved Chapter Award. Several brothers also received the Order of the Phoenix: Brock Doleac (Southern Mississippi), Will Street (Southern Mississippi), Thomas Dempsey (Nicholls State), Chandler Guidroz (Nicholls State) and Michael Bowen (Tennessee Sigma).
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