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Dispatches from the Legion of Honor

Chapter and Alumni News

Akron

This semester the men of Kappa Lambda Chapter were honored to have the highest GPA for active members in their local IFC. Brother Ryan Giermann received the Order of Omega - Thomas J. Vukovich Award for Outstanding Leadership. This award recognizes fraternity men and women for their achievements and contributions to The University of Akron's Greek community. Brother Clayton Hoperich was accepted into Phi Sigma Alpha Honors Fraternity.

The chapter had a wonderful time supporting the brothers of Beta Iota (Mount Union) Chapter at their annual Mike Hardy tournament and look forward to a new tradition of attending this event each year. The chapter also had a great showing in Song Fest this year, benefiting Camp Quality, and managed to bring home the kickball championship as part of this event.

The chapter also won the Greek league volleyball championship and will likely bring home the basketball championship this semester with two teams facing off in the playoffs.

Alabama in Huntsville

This year the chapter had eight brothers elected as Senators to the Student Government Association including Brian Chubs, Zach Craver, Spencer Elminger, Mike Gvodas, Alexander Minitari, Garret Ake, Leo Rodriguez, and Jacob Smith. Austin Finley also served as SGA President. Zach Laswell was elected as Secretary for the IFC Executive Board. The chapter paired with Delta Zeta Sorority to pick up litter and build a wheelchair ramp at The Hayes Nature Preserve and Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuay, Huntsville’s largest and most undeveloped park.

UAH Brothers assist in a local park cleanup with Delta Zeta Sorority.

The chapter did exceptionally well at the annual Greek Banquet, winning the IFC Sports Trophy, IFC Best Academics Trophy, IFC Best Campus Involvement Trophy, IFC Best Community Service Event Trophy, Best Social Event, Best Mixer, and Best Scholarship Program. Austin Finley was recognized as IFC’s Man of the Year for the second time in a row and the chapter was recognized as the top IFC Fraternity with the UAH President’s Cup.

In November, the chapter volunteered to assist in the Huntsville Margarita Society’s 20th Annual Margarita Ball in Huntsville. Members helped with setup of decorations, greeting the thousands of guests, and breaking down the event. “Our Event would not have been as successful without the help of the Mu Beta Chapter and over 3,000 children in the Huntsville area will wake up on Christmas morning with a gift thanks to their assistance,” said Director Jason Williams.

Albion College

Over 150 students, faculty, and community members showed up watch the chapter’s annual Jessie’s Gift Basketball Classic at Kresge Gymnasium. Jessie’s Gift raises money for mentoring and tutoring in the Albion community. Going for over ten years this event has raised over $10,000 every year since its inception. The event was topped off with a win for Sigma Nu over Alpha Tau Omega.

Appalachian State

The chapter received Black & Gold status with the University's Standards of Excellence, recognizing excellence in philanthropic efforts, brotherhood, leadership, and scholarship.

This past semester three brothers of the chapter, Lee Koonce, Jason Radulovich, and Jason Pollock, were all chosen as Appalachian State University Ambassadors. Isaiah Burroughs is the shag coach of a two time winning National Shag Dance Collegiate Challenge team.

Philanthropy Chairman Joe Wilkes organized a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament entitled AppMadness. The event was co-sponsored by the Appalachian State men’s basketball team. The proceeds from the event went to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Wilkes is now on the Interfraternity Council as the Vice President of Community Relations, and is working on the executive board for the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Scholarship Chairman Mason Garwood has worked on a new tutoring program within the chapter. The brothers are paired with other brothers based on their majors and experience within courses and major requirements.

Arkansas

Brother Dan Kemp was recently elected Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Brother Kemp has served for the past 29 years at a Circuit Judge and as a Municipal Judge prior to that, a position he was appointed to by the Governor in 1977.

Arkansas – Fort Smith

The chapter hosted their annual Breakaway 5K in which they raised more than $4,500 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital during the Founders Month of Service. Additionally, the chapter recently initiated seven new members.

Daniel Peek (Arkansas - Fort Smith) at Devil's Den State Park.

Brother Kory Reed was selected for a prestigious job placement program at Ingersoll Rand as a participant in the company’s Accelerated Development Program, which selects only a handful of students nationwide each year. Brother Reed will begin the two-and-a-half year program following graduation.

Auburn

Brother Cobb Bostick was recognized at IFC President of the Year and longtime alumni advisor Dr. John Burgess was recognized as IFC Advisor of the Year in December.

John Burgess receives the Regent's Medallion of Merit.

Collegiate brothers also had an active Spring Break with many participating in outdoor activities and community service: Current Commander James Pate, John David Hart, and Treasurer Bryant Cheatham went on a mission trip in Nicaragua; Cobb Bostick and Marshal Michael Montero participated in a mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua with 80 other Auburn students that including members of the Auburn Tigers Football team; Sterling Lindsey, Richard Pate Jr., Jake Thomas, and Jay Benner hiked the Grand Canyon; Lt. Commander Alexander McCall, Brock McCorkle, and John Thomas hiked from Blood Mountain to Cowrock Mountain to cover 13 miles of the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia.

Ball State

The chapter had another successful year of recruitment with twelve men being initiated following their candidacy during the fall semester and five candidates recruited for the spring semester.

During December the chapter successfully executed their $4 All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast with proceeds going towards the Wounded Warrior Project.

Bowling Green State

Epsilon Chi brothers bring home several campus awards.

For the Founders Month of Service, members went to Simpson Gardens in Bowling Green to help mulch and landscape. During March the chapter also celebrated the 10th anniversary of re-chartering. In February, collegiate members of the chapter met with alumni in Cleveland for a brotherhood event including dinner and a Lake Erie Monsters hockey game. The chapter also held a Bike-A-Thon in September to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Bradley

This year the chapter had an assortment of achievements in both campus and fraternity fields. Brother Evan Powell was awarded Scholar of the Year by the Interfraternity Council. Robert Harris and Drew Hitson held the positions of IFC Director of Membership Development and IFC Director of Service and Philanthropy respectively.

In October, the chapter and Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a service sorority, hosted the speaker Adam Ritz, who gave a presentation "No One Is Invincible." Adam is a radio talk show host who speaks with professional athletes, colleges, and people all across the U.S. This program talks about sexual assault and how social media can negatively affect your Greek organization. It is an eye-opening program that takes unexpected twists and turns leaving a lasting impression on those who see it.

On April 8th the chapter had their annual Gameball Run from Normal, Ill., to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. The chapter hosts this event to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, their chosen philanthropic organization. The run is about 43 miles long and consumes most of the day. The chapter raised a little over $15,000. Throughout the year the chapter holds different events to raise money and awareness for this cause. One notable event was the chapter’s annual Parent’s Weekend, where the chapter raised $4,000 in one day. The Gameball Run is the capstone event for the chapter’s efforts to fulfill their philanthropic duties.

A very successful Alumni Weekend began on Friday with a social event in the chapter house, where active members could meet and interact with alumni. The following morning, the chapter hosted an alumni golf outing at Weaver Ridge Golf Course located in Peoria, Ill., where fifty alumni golfed with members from the active chapter. Finally, on Sunday, the chapter’s new and old executive boards met with the Housing Corporation, established a relationship with each other, and set goals for the upcoming year.

Butler

Brother Matt Pauszek was awarded the John Weidner Scholarship for Altruism. Named after a Dutch citizen who saved the lives of about 1,000 British and American downed airmen, Jews, Dutch, Belgians, and French fleeing Nazi persecution this annual scholarship is awarded every spring to two Butler students for embodying the altruistic spirit: “unselfish concern for the welfare of others.”

The chapter also raised $5,096 for the Special Olympics through their participation in Butler Spring Sports’ Polar Plunge in February.

Cal Poly San Lis Obispo

The men of Kappa Pi Chapter have excelled in many facets of growth thus far in the school year. The brothers have enjoyed a wide variety of accomplishments, from sending several brothers to study abroad in different countries to entering national collegiate competitions.

The Residential Construction Management Competition is hosted by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and implores undergraduate students to simulate the extensive process of building a home or building. The students were expected to conduct risk and marketing analysis, make projections for return on investment and cash flow and the cost of building, and create a land acquisition proposal with a construction schedule. The 2016 finalists were awarded in Las Vegas, Nev., on January 21, 2016.

Brothers Chris Dwyer and Ted Felix were members of a diverse team of business, construction management, and architecture students from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. Felix, a 3rd year architecture major, was a key participant in the aesthetic designing of the project’s layout and plan. Dwyer, a 3rd year business major, played an important role in the financing of the project; developing detailed financial models, and discussing overall financings of the project. The two brothers and their team took home 2nd place at the competition. They spent over 400 hours in the Fall quarter working toward this competition.

Cal State Fullerton

In December, the chapter was recognized for several awards at the annual Cal State Fullerton Student Life and Leadership Pursuit of Excellence Banquet. Awards included the Dean’s Cup, Leadership Program of the Year, Brotherhood Program of the Year, Service Program of the Year, and Scholarship Program of the Year. In individual awards Michael Ramos was recognized for a GPA above a 3.85 and Alexander Foy was recognized as IFC Member of the Year as well as being recipient of the Fall 2015 Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship. The chapter was also the only Fraternity on campus that received four stars in their annual program with every other Fraternity receiving three stars or below. The last time the chapter received the Dean’s Cup was in 2011.

Philanthropy Chairman Mark Auyoung remarked on the night’s awards, “I'm a firm believer that actions reflect the character of a man more than words do. I sat in the same room a year ago as a candidate listening to awards being disbursed; this year, it was different. I realized what it meant to be a Sigma Nu, to truly excel with honor. Winning four out of five programming awards, having two of our members recognized out of the entire IFC community, and being the only IFC fraternity ranked four stars drove us to winning Dean's Cup for the year. It made me proud to be part of an organization that fosters Love, Honor, and Truth."

In February, the chapter was awarded an Honorary Service Award from Sierra Vista Elementary for their volunteer work with the school for the past 3 years.

Carnegie Mellon

Brothers worked with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership in November to help cleanup downtown Pittsburgh. Additionally, brothers worked with the local non-profit Stop Hunger Now to help bag 120,000 meals.

Central Arkansas

Alumnus Daniel Becker departed for Costa Rica in February to begin his work with the Peace Corps. Collegiate brothers also participated in April’s Out of the Darkness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Central Florida

The chapter held their Seventh Annual Undie Classic in March, a 1.5 mile run with about 100 UCF students participating. The Undie Classic requires clothing donations to participate and benefit Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. This year’s event included some fun activities along the way like a limbo station, a basketball station, and a squirt gun station to cool off runners. Through the event the chapter collected an estimated 1,300 pounds of clothes to donate.

In November the chapter also celebrated their 10th anniversary with alumnus Mark Hilder traveling the farthest to attend; a 48 hour trip from Australia.

Colorado School of Mines

Gamma Eta brothers raised $3,300 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at their school's Up Til Dawn event.

This year the chapter had the highest Greek attendance at St. Jude Children’s Hospital’s “Up ‘Til Dawn” fundraising event. The chapter raised over $4,500 that will provide treatment for children with cancer. A particular amount of effort was put forth by Alexander Yang and Robert Hoffman, who each raised about $1,000. Quinn Spellman was elected as Philanthropy Chairman for the IFC Executive Board. Jimmy Taylor’s term as the President of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) ended after a great year, and he was then elected as the Treasurer of NSBE. The chapter hosted a “Blue Bench” sexual assault and awareness presentation facilitated by Josh Gruener and Benjamin Miller. The chapter also had many members make Honor Roll and the Dean’s List, most notably Patrick Myers and Collin Kinder, who both have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout their college careers.

Colorado

The chapter and its collegiate members were recognized with several Greek Awards for the 2015 calendar year. Caden MacFarlane was recognized as one of 15 members of the IFC community for Academic Excellence and Kevin Zell was recognized as the Greek Man of the Year.

Cornell

This year, members of the chapter were honored in several ways across campus. Brother Sam Turer was elected Vice President of Recruitment for IFC and Brother Julian Gallo signed with local record label "Electric Buffalo Records."

Three brothers were named First Team All-Ivy League for football this year: Luke Hagy, after becoming the first player in Ivy League history to record 2,000 rushing yards and 1,500 receiving yards, was named first team all-offense. Chris Fraser was named first team all-special teams, and JJ Fives was named first team all-defense. In Sprint Football, brothers Ben Greenberg and Mike Zazzara were named most improved players on offense and special teams respectively. At the intramural level, the chapter's basketball team made the semifinals of the 40+ team fraternity league.

In the upcoming months, the brothers of the Gamma Theta chapter are participating in the Cornell Relay for Life to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, will continue their work at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen, and will be throwing their annual Powderpuff Football Tournament, which generates proceeds for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

DePauw

Beta Beta Chapter celebrates their 125th Anniversary with Sigma Nu Educational Foundation Chairman Al Wurster (Purdue).

Eastern Washington

This year at Eastern Michigan University's 36th annual undergraduate research symposium, Brother Matt Leddy conducted research that investigated generational transitions in a family business. His research involved completing a case study analysis on Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Company, a company that has been in business for 71 years, and currently operating in their third generation of ownership. The case study investigated practices and traditions of this company’s transition process and included interviews from their leadership consultant, Dr. Don Steele, as well as members of the Shepler Family. This topic was especially important to Matt as he discovered most family businesses fail when transitioning ownership among different generations.

Florida

The Epsilon Zeta Chapter contributed to University of Florida’s Dance Marathon 2016 fundraising total of $2,434,315.18. Brothers Zach Ginsburg, Ryan Gruszczyk, Cory Hansen, Harrison Magoutas, James Murray, Connor Neely, and Ryan Schiller represented the chapter as dancers in the 26.2 hour event, where they were required to stand on their feet the entire time. Funds raised go directly to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to help fund research and purchase state-of-the-art medical technology.

Over 800 dancers and participants from multiple campus organizations participated in this year's Dance Marathon. Epsilon Zeta takes pride in contributing to a cause that has the potential to not only save lives, but to change the lives of those who are able to benefit from the program.

Epsilon Zeta takes home University of Florida's Service Cup.

Eight months prior to the event, the chapter organized fundraising pages for every brother so friends and family members could donate online. This year the chapter teamed up with Sigma Kappa Sorority to promote the spirit and message of Dance Marathon.

The Chapter, teamed up with Sigma Kappa Sorority, took first place in Blue Bracket spirit points and second place in Blue Bracket fundraising for 2016 and hopes to take first place next year for both categories.

Several brothers also achieved distinction in campus involvement. Ryan Schiller was elected Treasurer of the University of Florida chapter’s American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

Harrison Magoutas will serve as Director of Social Media for Florida Blue Key’s 2016 Speech & Debate Tournament and Director of Web Design for the 2016 University of Florida Homecoming & Gator Growl. Gator Growl is the largest student-run pep rally in the nation. Magoutas previously served as an Assistant Director for both of these positions and also currently serves in UF Student Government as the Executive Secretary of Technology, who reports directly to the Student Body President.

Diego Gomez was recently appointed as the new Secretary General for the Florida Crisis Simulations (FLCS VI). As Secretary General, Brother Gomez will be in charge of organizing a Model United Nations speech and debate competition where college students will discuss foreign policy and international issues over the course of a weekend in the spring semester. This conference will bring 150 college students from all over the Southeast to Gainesville, and Brother Gomez will be overseeing over 80 fellow Gators to help staff this conference and ensure the visitors have a productive learning experience.

Anthony Close was recently tapped into Florida Blue Key, the most prestigious honor society at the University of Florida.

Zach Ginsburg achieved a UF Senate Seat this spring. He won his Engineering Seat with 576 votes. He joins Brothers Anthony Close and Jamie Natal who are already members of UF’s Senate.

Several brothers will spend their summers studying abroad. Danny Weldon will be in Chengdu, China, taking a year’s equivalent of courses studying Mandarin, along with his other academic courses. Additionally, he will be touring the country, viewing sites such as the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and Qingcheng Mountain. Terence Delahunty will be interning in Dublin, Ireland. There he will be interning for a multinational advertising agency along with taking classes in management and Irish history.

Brother Drew Baker earned the Buddy McKay Award, given to IFC's Man of the Year. McKay served in many roles throughout his life, including state representative, senator, congressman and Lt. Governor of Florida, and has made it his priority to focus and improve the quality of Florida’s schools, its neighborhoods safe, and preserve and protect Florida’s environment. The recipient of this award stands up to the same values and ideals that McKay himself has lived up to throughout his life.

Before earning this distinction, Baker served as the Epsilon Zeta Chapter Commander and Lieutenant Commander, as well as a Student Government senator representing his district at the University of Florida. His work within IFC included serving as the Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs as well as a peer educator through the University's Greek Ambassadors program.

Lastly, Danny Weldon was accepted as a walk-on player this spring for the University of Florida football team as a linebacker.

Fresno State

Alumnus Antonio Sajor, Jr., a captain with the Stockton, Calif. police department, completed a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security in December. Sajor is currently the Technical Services Division Commander responsible for managing crime analysis, telecommunications, and evidence investigation. Sajor’s thesis was titled “Ideal Police Oversight and Review: The Next Piece of the Community Policing Puzzle.”

Georgia

Mu Chapter congratulates outstanding new alumnus Logan Duncan for graduating with a degree in finance this past December. Along with his degree, Logan graduated with certificates in Legal Studies, Personal and Organizational Leadership, and Business Professionalism continuing the chapter’s legacy of distinguished Terry College graduates. Throughout his time at the University of Georgia, Logan excelled in all aspects of college life.

Logan was heavily involved in many finance-oriented student groups such as the Student Managed Investment Fund (a value focused $350K+ portfolio for the UGA Foundation), Apollo Society, and the Institute for Leadership Advancement to name a few. Logan’s contribution to the University spread even further than Terry College through his involvement with the Dean William Tate Honors Society, Student Government Association, and the UGA’s Men’s Club Water Polo team.

Within Mu Chapter Logan served as Candidate Class President, Chaplain, Involvement Chairman, External Social Chairman, and Treasurer. Logan consistently encouraged younger brothers to get involved early on in their college careers and was always willing to help edit a resume, give interview advice, or share words of wisdom to these young Brothers and in doing so left a significant legacy at Mu Chapter.

In Logan’s final semester as an active brother, he was awarded the Robert E. Durham Medal of Excellence. The medal recognizes the graduating senior “who, through his vision and courage, consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence, and whose actions on behalf of Sigma Nu Fraternity and the University of Georgia provide a worthy example for others to follow.” Logan continues to act as a role model for all active brothers of Mu Chapter, even after his transition to alumni status.

Logan, started work as a banking analyst for Raymond James in their tech services group, while studying for the GMAT. He has also expressed great thanks to everyone within Mu Chapter who supported him during his three-and-one-half-years journey at the University of Georgia.

Georgia Tech

The chapter has recently seen great steps taken by brothers on and off the Georgia Tech campus. Nic Matarazzo and Timmy Peterson won the Defensive MVP and Rookie of the Year awards, respectively, on the club lacrosse team. 

The chapter has two brothers on the Undergraduate Judicial Board, and one of them, Michael Balourdas, was recently elected to Chief Justice. Evan Gillon became Editor-in-Chief for the Odyssey Online Newspaper and Alex Zdanov has been working on medical research to design a glove to rehabilitate stroke victims' motor skills. Saqlain Golandez has recently begun a CS start-up with the aid of recent alumnus (and a start-up owner himself) Rob Rhinehart.

The chapter recently volunteered at the Charles Harris Run for Leukemia and will be volunteering at the Atlanta Steeple Chase later this semester.

Georgia Southern

The chapter capped off their calendar year with an impressive showing at the 2015-2016 GSU Greek Awards. The chapter was recognized as the IFC Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row and a Five Star Chapter for the second year in a row. Other awards include the Outstanding Leadership Award, Outstanding Brotherhood Award, Outstanding Civic Engagement Award, and Outstanding Academic Success Award. These comprise five of the eight GSU IFC major awards this year.

Longtime chapter advisor Tony Fair received a Certificate of Commendation by Sigma Nu’s High Council, presented by Vice Regent John Hearn (Georgia) during the chapter’s annual Commanders Dinner in January, recognizing his notable tenure and service to the chapter as a premier alumni volunteer.

Georgia State

Over the past few semesters the Eta Gamma Chapter has worked diligently on reinforcing one of the most underrated assets of any chapter; its relationship with its alumni. They began the fall semester with a workshop facilitated by one of the founding members, Ronald K. Hill. The discussion focused on the founding of the Eta Gamma chapter and the progress it has made over the past 56 years. After reciting the Long Creed of Sigma Nu, he explained the significance of our values, how they coincide with the anti-hazing movement of Sigma Nu nationally, and how the values are applied to everyday life. Through working with Chapter Advisor Bill Andrews and Alumni Advisory Board members Andrew Pace and Gary Stalvey, the Eta Gamma Chapter was able to establish a functional Alumni Mentorship Program, something that has been in the works since 2014. This program pairs active members, typically juniors and seniors, with alumni in the same career field of interest and encourages them to meet regularly. The program was put into action in December, and so far 18 brothers of the Eta Gamma Chapter have received mentors, four of which have started interning with or through their mentors. Along with this development, the executive board has worked hard to incorporate the alumni in their candidate education program. An example of this involvement was brought about through an alumni facilitated workshop focusing on resume development, interview etiquette and general job-hunting techniques; a workshop of great success that is going to be implemented chapter-wide in the coming semesters.

The chapter won a number of social and philanthropic awards. The chapter was named Delta Zeta’s Fraternity of the Year with Brother Andrew Nasser named as their Man of the Year. Brother Drew Patterson won Alpha Xi Delta’s Man of the Year. Chapter brothers were nominated for several Greek and IFC awards, including IFC Chapter of the Year, Outstanding Alumni Relations, Outstanding Programs, and the Dean’s Cup Award.

Gettysburg

Zeta Sigma's Relay for Life team made up of collegians and alumni.

This year the chapter attained the highest fraternity GPA for Fall 2015. Andrew Vannuci proposed a revised scholarship plan last spring that went into full effect, creating new systems of accountability and structure for getting work done. Roughly one quarter of the brothers made the Dean's list.

Gettysburg College's Relay for Life also saw dedicated involvement from the chapter, and Sigma Nu had 100% attendance, along with some friends joining the team. They had the highest percentage of participation of any fraternity on-campus, raising well over $1,500 for cancer research.

Hartford

This past year the chapter had two brothers, Ahmad Arabiyat and Richard Hoover, serve on the Interfraternity Council Executive Board as the Vice President of Finance and Scholarship, and the Vice President of Standards and Practices, respectively. During this year, the chapter raised its cumulative GPA, achieving the highest fraternity GPA on campus with a cumulative GPA of 3.281. 

The University of Hartford recognized Ahmad Arabiyat as Greek Scholar of the Year for his exceptional academic performance. Ahmad was also awarded the Junior Regent's Award for being one of the top two juniors in the University of Hartford’s School of Engineering. 

The chapter paired with the only improv comedy group on campus, "Stop Laughing Mom," to co-host their shows and donate the proceeds to philanthropic causes such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity. This initiative was spearheaded by Richard Hoover. 

During Sigma Nu’s Founders Month of Service the chapter hosted its annual Sigma Nu Steak Dinner, where the chapter raised over $2,000 in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The event attracted close to 250 people in attendance, making it one of the largest philanthropies on the University of Hartford's campus. The efforts of Marquis Grable and Ali Agha made this event one of the most successful philanthropic events that the IFC Executive Board had ever seen. The chapter's Division Commander, John Kotwicki (Case Western), was one of the attendees at the event. 

Aside from philanthropic events, the chapter volunteered for the 16th year with the University of Hartford International Center to assist them with the 31st annual International Festival. The brothers helped set up the event and served food to approximately 360 attendees. This event celebrates the diversity of international students on campus. The Associate Director of the International Center, Richard Lazzerini, commented on this year’s event saying, "This is one of the best group of guys we ever had to help us with our event, and I would never replace Sigma Nu with anyone because of the relationship I have with them."

High Point

A snowy but successful bid day for High Point!

In April, the chapter will be hosting their first ever HPU Car Show, a large scale community event benefiting the charitable organization TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to support military families and veterans. In addition to the cars, there will be a variety of food trucks, as well as representatives from the National Guard, Marines, and TAPS. The chapter is currently expecting to have 150 show cars on display with judging.

Huntingdon

The chapter has had a fantastic academic year thus far with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In October the chapter hosted its Cornhole Tournament for Wounded Warriors. The event was a success, drawing in a large crowd to witness its inception. The chapter also had numerous brothers elected to high profile positions around campus. In unprecedented fashion, Austin Stacey was elected not only to SGA President, but also to serve as IFC President. He is one of four brothers to serve on IFC including: Miles Barnhardt, VP of Administration; Tristan Thompson, VP of Finance; and Malone Kaak, VP of Public Relations.

The chapter once again managed to maintain its 100% campus involvement rate. This year at the Order of Omega Awards Ceremony, the chapter received the All Sports Trophy, Scholarship Award, Alumni Relations Award, and the Campus Involvement Award. The chapter also swept the Individual awards with Ollie Saywah taking home Greek Man of the Year and Bennett Brantley receiving the Future Fraternity Leader of the Year Award. This is the 5th consecutive time the chapter has won Future Fraternity Leader of the Year Award and a Brother has taken home Greek Man of the Year 4 out of the previous 5 years.

Idaho

The Delta Omicron chapter at the University of Idaho started the year off with a strong fall recruitment, filling the house to maximum capacity and placing among the top four fraternities in grades. Over the course of the academic year chapter members have enjoyed the opportunity to help mold candidates into another generation of ethical leaders. To recognize the achievements of its members, two were elected to serve on the IFC Judicial Board, one was selected to be on the Student-Alumni Relation Board, and another is now the treasurer of the Pre-Law Society.

Additionally, many brothers are a part of different financial investment groups, work as student fundraisers on campus, or remain active in a multitude of honor societies. Josh Newcomb and Chad Filler placed as finalists in the architecture design contest hosted by the Idaho Concrete-Masonry Association and are both preparing to study abroad in Rome this upcoming semester.

The chapter hosted a new philanthropy for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and raised about $1,000 in just three hours and hopes to improve upon the new event for years to come. Delta Omicron also placed 2nd in the annual Greek Week competition with their partners, Kappa Sigma and Delta Delta Delta. Together they helped raise over $1,000 for the Special Olympics. There is much to look forward to for the next academic year while the chapter continues to progress in its pursuit of excellence.

Indiana

This year was a successful year for the chapter. With the great leadership team that has been put together, the chapter was able to host fun events that represent the core values of love, honor, and truth.  One event this year was an NCAA philanthropy event for the Middle Way House. The event was an NCAA tournament bracket for charity to not only help the Middle Way House, but also have some friendly competition among the brothers. In the fall semester, the chapter added 32 new brothers as well.  This hit a huge milestone for the Beta Eta Chapter because there are now 3,000 members initiated into our chapter.

The chapter will help host an event with Gamma Phi Beta this year to support a philanthropy for Hannah Wilson, a good friend of many brothers in the chapter. The chapter also looks forward to Wells Rally at the end of the year, an alumni event for the collegians to wrap up the school year with food, speeches and a great time with alumni.     

Jacksonville

Kappa Theta brothers bring home several Greek Awards.

Jacksonville State

Kenneth Smith finished his distinguished term as Southeastern Interfraternity Conference President this year.

James Madison

Throughout the past year, the chapter has increased its footprint in the James Madison University community in more ways than one. The chapter had two brothers serve on the IFC Executive Board. Sean Carney served as IFC President and Will Kiley served as Vice President of Community Development. Next year, Steve Pease will assume Sean’s duties as IFC President. In addition, two other brothers, Andrew Polito and Alex Rockelli, served as representatives in the office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. The chapter also boasts leaders outside of Greek Life. Danny Burkhart and Scott Wennerstrum served as the President and Vice President, respectively, of the prestigious Madison Investment Fund.

The chapter’s philanthropy and community service efforts were very impressive this year. In the Fall of 2015, the chapter hosted its second annual “Rock Week,” during which over $6,200 were raised for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. In the spring, the chapter hosted a Whiffle Ball tournament and sold t-shirts to raise money for the local little league baseball organization. In regards to community service, the chapter is especially proud that three brothers, Peter Belechak, Jon Nenner and Jack Connolly, opted to spend their Spring Break serving the New Orleans community through JMU’s alternative break program.

Finally, the chapter is excited to announce that alumnus Jarl Bliss, and his wife Beth, were awarded the Inez Graybeal Roop Alumni Service Award, an award recognizing an alumnus for outstanding voluntary service to the university.

Kansas

The recent academic achievements of the chapter were impressive with plans to see continued improvement and success with grades. The chapter is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, the new initiate class recorded the highest GPA on the Hill. While the chapter is proud of the 2014 class for scoring a 3.33 GPA during their semester of candidacy, the 2015 class scored an astounding 3.59. This impressive figure contributed to an all-chapter GPA of 3.41, a mark placing the chapter an entire 0.3 grade points above the all-fraternity average. More than half of the members had a GPA above 3.5, and 14 members maintained perfect 4.0s.

The chapter was also represented on the KU rugby team by Sam Tanner.

In the fall 2015 semester, Andy Hodges was approached by the Chainsmokers to come out to LA for a visit. This provided Hodges with the opportunity to share his musical talents with producers and sponsors. He is completing his 2015-2016 school year at the University of Kansas, but the chapter wishes him luck as he continues to pursue his dreams of producing music at Belmont University in Nashville next year.

Nathan Lutz and Brian Trigg represent two of the nine seats on the Interfraternity Council, which governs 25 IFC chapters at KU.

Nu Chapter's newly elected IFC Officers.

Stephonn Alcorn was recently elected as student body President for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Commander Sam Gay was elected as one of four Collegiate Grand Councilmen serving on Sigma Nu’s High Council.

In alumni news, Gene Balloun completed his 1,000th pro bono case for adoption of foster children. He works for Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. All state fees go in a scholarship fund to help send the adopted foster children to college

Lastly, alumnus Steve B. Moon published a book of educational poems about plants and animals found in Kansas in 2014. It is titled Red Squirrel, White Daisy, Blue Heron, Kansas Flora and Fauna in Verse. He is working on a similar book about plants and animals in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.

Kennesaw State

Who could have foreseen a consolidation of two great colleges? The consolidation of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State Universities is the largest consolidation in the University System of Georgia’s history and one of the first times that a Greek organization has had to adapt to a completely different Greek system. The consolidation presented the Iota Pi Chapter with many unexpected challenges but the chapter soon realized there was also potential for levels of success. This past year the chapter was able to endure and face the obstacles in their path in order to be successful. The chapter would actually go as far and say that it was one of the greatest years that they have had in recent history.

As one of the new faces in a new environment, Sigma Nu had to establish itself among other Greek organizations at KSU. What better way than to be named homecoming champions? Sigma Nu paired with Alpha Omicron Pi sorority during this past year’s Homecoming Competition and the two organizations competed in multiple events including a group dance, float construction, and team trivia. After winning some of the individual competitions and placing high in others, Sigma Nu and Alpha Omicron Pi, took home the gold.

The Pursuit of Excellence is not always about winning trophies, it is also about helping others achieve their goals and dreams. A few years ago tragedy struck the Iota Pi family. A brother, founding chapter member Dana Whitlow, lost his wife to ovarian cancer. Grief stricken, he decided to fight back the only way he could, by raising money to help combat cancer so no one ever had to experience what he went through. The chapter now hosts an annual golf tournament in the name of Whitlow’s late wife, Kathryn, and last year was record breaking! The chapter was able to have over 25 foursomes participate, 20 sponsorship's, and hundreds of items donated. In the end, the chapter was able to raise a total of $16,000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Institute, a feat that brought Brother Whitlow's family to tears.

The brothers constantly seek to help each other grow, learn, and prosper. One of their most effective ways to do this is by hosting their annual LEAD Day conference. The chapter’s LEAD Day was first conceptualized by Marshall Murphy in the fall of 2014. The idea is that a day dedicated to LEAD sessions can not only be an effective way for chapter members to benefit from the material discussed but it also allows members to provide surrounding chapters with the opportunity to participate. With the influence of attendees from surrounding chapters, best practices are brought to the table and an environment of networking is formed. This past fall the chapter hosted its 2nd annual LEAD Day. During the event each brother and candidate participated in three leadership and development sessions facilitated by local employers, notable KSU faculty, and alumni of the chapter. These days have proved to be extremely effective. The Iota Pi Chapter brothers and the brothers of surrounding chapters leave at the end of the day with skills and knowledge attributed to effective chapter members, leaders, and gentlemen. 

During the past year Iota Pi chapter produced several on-campus leaders including Student Government Senator Andrew Benjamin, IFC Vice President of Communications Ezekiel Johnston, and the founder of Owls against Hunger, a nonprofit food campaign, Justice Brakache. The chapter cannot go without mentioning that 75% of the chapter's members are also involved in student organizations such as ASME and ASCE.

The chapter's success over the past year did not go unnoticed. At Kennesaw State's Greek Awards banquet the chapter and its members were recognized for several awards. Ezekiel Johnston was named as New Member of the Year, the chapter's LEAD Day was chosen as the Educational Program of the Year, and the chapter was recognized as the Interfraternity Council's chapter of the year!

Consolidation presented the chapter with obstacles but with each challenge the potential for success was presented.

Knox

Last winter, six brothers of Delta Theta chapter participated in Knox College's Repertory Theatre term, an immersive theater program that gives students the experience of working in a professional theater company. Held every three years, Repertory Theatre Term, or "Rep Term," is the only collegiate program of its kind in the country. It involves students and faculty working collaboratively over the course of a term to fully produce two shows. No academic classes are taken by students who participate in the term. The brothers of Delta Theta Chapter worked on multiple aspects of theatrical production- acting, costuming, lighting, props management, stage management, sound design, and set construction.

One of the shows, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, was shown in Knox's Harbach Theatre, a 450-seat auditorium. The other, The Secret in the Wings, was shown in Studio Theatre, a smaller 135-seat space. Both shows ran for 5 nights and each night were either sold out or almost so.

Brother Aidan Murphy worked up to 6 hours a day on the two shows as an actor, assistant stage manager, set constructor, and lighting designer. He said that working so intensely gave him a strong sense of satisfaction. "Knox is the only place that does something like this," He said. "It really allows you to focus."

Murphy also remarked that because Rep Term operates as a professional theater company would, it had the additional function of job training.

Delta Theta Chapter has a strong tradition of involvement in theater. Over the years many brothers have worked in Knox's theater department. One alumnus, Vir Das, was a Knox theater mainstay and has gone on to become a highly successful actor, comedian, and musician in India. He's recently begun touring the United States. Dedication to the craft of theater and satisfaction in the results of hard work are what motivated the six brothers of Delta Theta to participate in Rep Term.

Brother Ian Tully, master carpenter for both shows, feels that the bonds formed in Rep Term have made him and his fellow brothers stronger as theater professionals. "I have a lot of pride for my fellow brothers' hard work...I think all brothers became closer friends and colleagues," he said.

Lamar

Brothers do some brainstorming during a workshop with Leadership Consultant Evan Winebarger (Georgia Southern).

Minnesota

After being named a Chapter of Distinction by the North American Interfraternity Conference in 2015, the 2015-2016 academic year has been one of increasing standards for Gamma Tau Chapter. As we continue to be recognized for our achievements we look for ways to improve in all aspects of our operation beyond what we have already accomplished to avoid complacency in our individual members and prevent stagnancy in the fraternity as an organization.

As everything a fraternity does starts with recruitment, Gamma Tau placed more emphasis than ever on finding quality members rather than simply recruiting a large candidate class. The fall 2015 class included 20 outstanding individuals, many of whom have gone on to serve in leadership positions within the fraternity. The spring 2016 class includes nine new candidates, the largest Spring class the chapter has seen. The candidates are making their way through Phase I of the LEAD program with confidence. Consistent practices and high standards during recruitment and Phase I allow for Gamma Tau’s success elsewhere.

A focus of the chapter’s strides to push its own boundaries has been with its philanthropy and service. The chapter’s largest philanthropy event of the school year, Border Battle, was expanded in the fall of 2015 to an entire week of activities, including a football tournament that engaged other Greek organizations at the University of Minnesota, a pageant, a fundraiser with Qdoba, and other events. Border Battle raised over $8,800 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. A greater emphasis has also been put on Gamma Tau’s major spring philanthropy event, Snuzapalooza, to take place on April 16th. The event will raise money from admission and will include a petting zoo, raffle drawings, and food. Proceeds from Snuzapalooza will benefit the Wildlife Preservation Network. The chapter was recognized for its efforts in philanthropy and service at the campus’s Greek Awards in January when it received the Interfraternity Council’s award for Outstanding Philanthropy and Service Program.

The chapter has also focused on improving its use of the LEAD program. Chapter leaders have worked hard to find new facilitators to give fresh life to LEAD sessions, allowing them to be new to even the most experienced members. The chapter has also seen higher attendance at LEAD sessions and other chapter events by incorporating an Attendance Bowl competition that divides members onto teams which then earn points for attending events. Gamma Tau was recognized at the Greek Awards when it received the Interfraternity Council’s award for Outstanding Membership Development Program for its efforts in LEAD.

The chapter was also recognized at the Greek Awards as an Interfraternity Council Chapter of Excellence. Furthermore, two individual members were recognized by the Interfraternity Council. Brother Max Kasel, a sophomore who now serves on the Interfraternity Council as the Greek Ambassador Coordinator, received the award for Outstanding New Member after his efforts to start the Mental Health Initiative during his first year in Sigma Nu. Brother Nicholas Ohren, a junior who currently serves as the chapter’s Reporter and is a former Lieutenant Commander, received the Interfraternity Council’s Living the Ritual Award for living our values of Love, Honor, and Truth in his daily life and representing Greek life in the most positive way.

Mississippi

Another successful initiation for Epsilon Xi Chapter.

Mississippi State

Gavin King was recently elected as Mississippi State University’s Student Association Attorney General. Additionally, Derryl Kinnell has been appointed as a Senator in the Student Association Senate and Jaylen Mayfield has been selected as a MSU Roadrunner. 

Zachary Gerhart has accepted an accounting internship with Georgia Pacific in Atlanta this summer while Josh Lyle will return to his cyber-security internship at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. Ryan Rhoades has accepted a co-op position at Eaton Aerospace in Jackson, Miss., and Matthew Kavanaugh will finish his electrical engineering co-op at Magnolia Electric Power in McComb, Miss.

Montana State

The brothers and alumni of the chapter were committed to excellence this past year while preparing for the re-chartering ceremony. On February 14th, 2016, 36 brothers took great pride to be knighted into the Legion of Honor after 5 years of intense preparation. Following the ceremony, the chapter held a celebratory banquet with several distinguished speakers including Regent Joe Francis (Oklahoma State), Director of Expansion & Recruitment Alex Taylor (Huntingdon), and Dean of Students Matthew Caires (Washington State).

The new initiates of the re-chartered Zeta Nu Chapter.

Following the re-chartering ceremony, alumnus Wallace Doeling congratulated the chapter and charged to its members, “The actives must make sure, this time, that it never collapses again and we make it to the 100th reunion of Zeta Nu!” The newly formed Zeta Nu Chapter accepts the challenge and its members are enthusiastic to pass down the Zeta Nu legacy.

Nevada

Delta Xi brothers rep their chapter's flag on a tuna fishing trip.

North Carolina

The Psi Chapter house during Winter Storm Jonas.

Sophomore Matthew Shlimak, a D-1 Athlete as a member of UNC's Fencing Team, made great progress in his sophomore season. Matt qualified for the NCAA Regionals, placing 24th in the Men's Epee. Matt also finished in 3rd Place in the 2016 ACC Tournament in the Men's Epee Division.

The chapter also completed another outstanding academic semester, having a chapter GPA of approximately 3.4, finishing in 3rd place among all male fraternities at UNC.

This upcoming summer more than 15 brothers will be completing study abroad trips to places such as Perth, Barcelona, London, Copenhagen, and Milan. 

Keegan Dean helped lead the effort to promote sexual assault awareness at UNC through "Carolina Conscious." These are clear, compostable cups made from recycled material which contain information about how to create conversations around sexual assault at organizations around UNC's Campus. Carolina Conscious placed their first order of 10,000 cups this spring and is currently looking to place an order for the fall for more than 20,000 cups.

Lastly, Brothers will complete exciting summer internships in places such as Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York City, gaining experience in industries such as finance, banking, advertising, public policy, environmental sciences and the energy sector.

North Dakota

Austin Baack (North Dakota) on a ski trip in Aspen, Colo.

Northern Illinois

This year Matthew Holmes was elected as the Student Government Trustee where he will serve on the board of Trustees for Northern Illinois University. Cody Timmins was elected Vice President of Finance for Campus Activities board. Tyler Denham was elected Vice President of Administration for IFC. 

North Texas

The chapter is proud to announce that they have officially returned to North Texas. Congratulations to the re-founding fathers and all that made the re-chartering possible for the chapter. February 20th was the official day of the re-chartering ceremony. This day marked the beginning of the great future ahead for the fraternity; reflecting the hard work that has been in the works to make this day possible.  The chapter would like to thank all the Grand Officers of Sigma Nu who were in attendance at the ceremony, including Regent Joe Francis (Oklahoma State) and Regent-Elect Lee Perrett (Auburn). The chapter would also like to especially thank the alumni chapter for the unwavering support they have given over the years.

Northwestern

This past academic term has seen a lot of philanthropic success for the Gamma Beta chapter. This fall and winter, the chapter teamed up with Kappa Delta Sorority to participate in the 42nd Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM). The primary beneficiary was Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that fights to eradicate childhood hunger, and the chapter was proud to raise over $42,000 as a team. This is the chapter's highest ever total and it took home 1st place in the "Medium-Sized Teams" category, its best finish to date. As a whole, NUDM raised over $1.2 million and the Gamma Beta Chapter was incredibly proud to have played an important role in the largest philanthropic cause on campus. Connor Smith, a current senior, has been heavily involved in NUDM in his 4 years and the chapter's success as a team was largely based off his constant, tireless, and monumental efforts.

To help fundraise for NUDM, Jamil Mirabito and Daniel Heller orchestrated the largest winter philanthropy Gamma Beta has ever organized with the help of the Philanthropy committee and the NUDM team. The event, called Sigma Nuggets, sold unlimited chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese balls late at night for a one-time fee, and it raised over $3000 that all went towards Blessings in a Backpack.

Northwestern State

Northwestern State's Souls 4 Soles.

The chapter recently had a shoe drive for Soles 4 Souls. The chapter was able to collect 2,554 pairs of shoes that will help those who are in need. Majority of the shoes will go to those affected in the recent flooding here in Louisiana. All members got involved and helped to make this such a wonderful event. The chapter hopes to double the amount of shoes next year.

Oklahoma State

This past academic school year the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter has been very involved on campus. Chase Calvert, Ricky Bisson, and JT Zerby have served on the Freshman Representative Council. Four freshmen have served on Junior Greek Life including Hudson Kuykendall, Chase Calvert, Connor Williams, and Carter Tutt. Jack Livers was elected to serve as the Treasurer on IFC. Gage Calhoon was named one of Oklahoma State’s Top Ten Freshmen. Connor Mojo and Cole Parsons were named Oklahoma State Seniors of Significance; Mojo was also named an Outstanding Senior. Brother Carson Mulligan has just finished a Spring Internship in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Department of State’s White House Liaison Office.  The office serves as the intermediary between the Office of the Secretary of State and the Executive Office of the President. Technically studying abroad for the semester, Carson will return to the chapter in the fall following a summer at the Chinese Language Immersion School in Middlebury, Vermont.

Academics have also been a priority for the chapter. The chapter GPA was 3.23, while the candidate class had an average GPA of 3.21. The fall 2015 semester saw 19 brothers achieve a 4.0 GPA. Additionally, the brotherhood raised over $24,000 for ARC Group homes in Bartlesville, Okla.

Brother Joe Francis will be wrapping up his term as Sigma Nu’s Regent this summer. Dave Kollman has increased responsibilities as Executive Vice President of Flintco’s Central Region. Kevin Vann was recently announced as the Senior Vice President and CEO WPX energy.

Oregon

Brothers take a break during a backpacking trip in Big Sur, Calif.

The Gamma Zeta chapter at the University of Oregon had a fall Candidate class of 34 men, putting membership at over 100 men. In the winter of 2016 they had two men elected to the Interfraternity Council, Kevin Zumwalt and Kevin Mertz, who are the Vice President of Membership Development and the Vice President of Community Outreach, respectively. 

During the fall of 2016, the chapter had a dry function at their new house. It was an exciting concert with Brother Jordan Haas DJ’ing and artists Chris Lee and Brothers From Another performing. It was a wild success with tickets selling out almost instantly.

In the spring of 2015, Charlie Ekblad participated in Delta Gamma’s annual “Anchorsplash” competition and was named 2015’s “Anchorman.” In the same spirit, Alex Paiz won Kappa Delta’s 2016 “Daggerman.”

In November the chapter held the annual philanthropy Kickball for Cancer, which goes to the November Foundation, a program focusing on men’s health. The event had great turnout and participation, and raised over $33,000, which smashed their previous mark of just over $10,000.  

The chapter won several individual and chapter-wide awards at the year-end IFC awards in the spring of 2015. Alumnus Dan McCarthy won Outstanding Chapter Advisor and Kevin Zumwalt won Young Leader of the Year. The entire chapter won Outstanding Chapter Philanthropy, Outstanding Leadership Development, Outstanding Values Integration, and Chapter of the Year. 

Pennsylvania

This school year, the chapter has completely revamped its emphasis on community service, thanks to Brothers Danny Sample and Eugene Shekhtman. Every candidate completed three hours of community service during candidate education, and the chapter raised 9 pints of blood to help the American Red Cross. The chapter also raised $1500 for various charities.

Several members also stood out on campus with their individual accomplishments. Jake Cohen is the Editor-in-Chief of The Consul, Chris Dailey is a Student Leader in the Admissions Office, Carter Coudriet is the Digital Director of The Daily Pennsylvanian, and Andrew Geigos is a Lead Consultant with Penn International Impact Consulting.

Operationally, Tony Morales worked to revive the chapter’s LEAD Program with several sessions hosted regarding mental health, brotherhood, and the chapter’s relationship with the greater campus community. These efforts were highlighted with alumni John Licciardello and Sam Blumenthal each visiting the chapter to facilitate sessions on their respective areas of experience.

Lastly, the chapter is excited to welcome 18 new initiates into the chapter.

Rochester

This year there were many personal accomplishments for many of the brothers. Joseph Plvan-Franke spent the fall semester in Thailand studying human rights violations. Michael Kaplan and Andrew Guarnaccia spent the spring semester abroad as well with Michael in Australia and Andrew in Ireland. The chapter also had one brother, Christian Keenan, serve on the Students' Association Senate. Matthew Eisenstein was selected to go to Russia over the summer to study international relations and economics. 

The chapter also did very well with its programs. The chapter held their annual Hot Wing Eating Contest and Battle of the Bands, which raised thousands of dollars to be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital. On top of that, the chapter partnered with many new organizations such as FoodLink, Cameron Community Ministries, Invervol, and Imagine IT Recycling for days of service. 

Lastly, the chapter hosted a large number of new events this year. This includes the Letters to Soldiers writing campaign for Operation Gratitude, a mental health talk about stress and its adverse effects, as well as a video game study break for all interested students to relax while studying for finals. 

RIT

This year the chapter was a finalist for the President’s Cup, a huge honor for the chapter, as we competed with several other Greek organizations. Brother Andrew Stadnicki and Brother Dylan Panarra represented the chapter in a presentation for the President’s Cup. While the chapter was not selected as a recipient it was a thrilling and unique experience. The chapter intends to work harder to reach the President’s Cup once again next year.

Recently the chapter had the highest grade point average of all Interfraternity Council fraternities on campus with a GPA of 3.168. It was a big honor with an improvement of 0.299 from last semester! Scholarship Chairman Justin Cha worked very hard to check with every brother’s GPA and making sure their education is the priority in their college experience.

Our recently initiated Lambda class consisted of 8 new brothers: Noah Blankenship, Matthew Freeberg, Ryan Glynn, Marshall Hurst, Alton Markel, Iosif Shayman, Tamel Smith, and James Trusock III. They achieved the highest GPA for a candidate class, for both fraternities and sororities, with a GPA of 3.279.

In the Rochester Institute of Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf community there is an upcoming and powerful movement called Communication Access Now (CAN). Joshua Mora is one of the leaders behind the powerful movement.

Lastly, this past academic year has been great, brought us new experiences, and we have accomplished many feats. Seven brothers will be graduating this year and become alumni. These brothers include Justin Cha, Asif Hashim, Blaine Kaplan, Dylan Panara, Jonathon Pons, Andrew Stadnicki, and Ethan Young.

Rose-Hulman

This year, the Beta Upsilon chapter saw numerous awards given to brothers. These awards were given either for academic achievements, athletic participation or off-campus services.

The chapter was pleased to hold two very successful philanthropy events. The first philanthropy event held was the annual winter clothing drive. Donated clothes were collected around campus for a period of time and donated to a local non-profit organization. The second philanthropy event was the chapter's annual "Volleybash" volleyball tournament. Teams around campus and from local fraternities and sororities competed against each other in volleyball. All the proceeds from the tournament were donated to the local community center.

For athletics, brothers were well recognized in the sport of football. TJ Demos, Jordan Patterson, Doug Bickel, Mike Henry, Nigel Hensley and Mike Iacono all received Varsity Letters for the efforts. Further recognition goes to TJ Demos for receiving two all-HCAC honors, first-team all-HCAC recognition in 2015 and was a second-team all-conference honoree in 2014. TJ was also d3football.com third-team all-North Region selection in 2015 and was chosen to play in the Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl Game of the Stars) as a senior in 2015. He helped the offensive unit set over 50 school records in 2014 and 2015. The chapter also recognizes Mike Henry for receiving second-team all-conference as well as Nigel Hensley and Michael Balistreri for receiving academic all-conference awards. Joe Kendall received a varsity letter in tennis.

Off campus recognition is seen with the brothers involved in the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology ROTC program. Brennon Miller, Adam Dombrowski and Jordan Miller competed on the ranger team and won against their rival opponent Purdue University. This year Adam Dombrowski received gold in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge and Brennon Miller completed the Norwegian foot march. The chapter would also like to congratulate Joseph Monhaut and Trevor McEntire on commissioning and becoming 2nd Lieutenants in the United States National Guard. Finally, the chapter congratulates Paul Dunaway on receiving the John D. Winters Scholarship from the Mechanical Engineering Department as well as the Bill Sisson Scholarship awarded from the chapter.

South Carolina

Brothers assist in local cleanup efforts after Hurricane Joquain

Southern Mississippi

The Theta Gamma Chapter is off to a great start in spring 2016. At the annual Greek Awards the chapter brought home the Joseph S. Paul Chapter Transformation Award recognizing the most improved IFC chapter on campus. Elijah Martin was awarded New Member of the Year for IFC for his accomplishments in the chapter and in Greek Life on campus.

In March, Franky Lopez was elected treasurer for the Student Government Association. Brother Lopez's victory in the election marks the third consecutive year that a chapter brother has served on the SGA Executive Board. In addition to Brother Lopez, several other brothers were selected to serve in various positions in SGA.

One of the more inspirational stories of the past year has been the fight of alumnus Andrew Maitner against stage four Ewing's Sarcoma, an incredibly rare form of bone cancer. Maitner, a US Army Captain, was diagnosed with the condition in August of 2015. The chapter has been heavily involved with raising money and awareness for Brother Maitner's treatment. In mid-March, alumnus Mike Moulder presented Maitner with a personalized framed crest of Sigma Nu signed by brothers and alumni of the chapter. Maitner has been an inspiration to our chapter as well as all who have had the privilege to meet him. In short, he is a true American hero.

South Florida

This year the chapter saw amazing recruitment performances for their fall and spring classes, totaling over 20 members for each recruitment class. In addition to the remarkable recruitment effort, the chapter has also continued to maintain and utilize their outstanding alumni base. Well-renowned alumni such as Les Muma, Shawn Harrison, and Jim Harvey have continued to interact with the chapter through alumni events and influential LEAD Sessions.

The chapter continues to look forward to a promising future as they continue to lead in the Greek community. Their annual philanthropy event, The White Rose Bowl (formerly known as "Friday Knight Lights"), was held in April. This flag-football themed philanthropic event is aimed at raising thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children's Hospital. The chapter looks to surpass their total of $15,000 raised at last year's event.

Stetson

This last fall, the Delta Mu chapter had the highest overall men's Greek GPA with an overall GPA of 3.11. They also successfully ran several philanthropy events, including building a playground for the children of Deland, Fla. The chapter added over 20 new members, and now sits at over 65 members, the most the chapter has had since the 1980's.

The chapter and various members were also recognized for awards within the Stetson Greek community including Taylor Hague as New Member of the Year, Will Giberson as Unsung Hero, Greg Dworkin as Officer of the Year, and Daniel Humphrey as Fraternity Member of the Year. The chapter was recognized as Fraternity of the Year as well as Most Improved GPA.

Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Colony at UTC is pleased to announce that three brothers, Brandon May, Drew Keil, and Graham Alexander, currently serve on SGA. Brother Drew Keil is also the Parliamentarian for Freshman Senate and Graham Alexander who serves as the campus Observations chairman is currently running for Student Body President. Brother Colton Hobbs serves as the Executive Vice President to the IFC Executive Board. In March, the colony won two consecutive philanthropies as well as won an award for having the highest attendance in a sexual assault awareness event on campus.

The colony is also proud of Josh Steadman who is interning with Unum as a Client Data Specialist and  Patrick Parker who is in the College Program at Disney World while also working in the merchandising department. In April, the colony is set to participate in River City Company’s Clean and Green Project as well as host its very first formal and parents’ weekend.

Throughout the year the colony has taken great strides to build a culture of unity and Brotherhood since its establishment in spring 2015.

Texas Christian

This newly established chapter has exemplified what leadership in action looks like. Beginning with no more than a few scouts looking to re-establish the Lambda Epsilon colony less than a year ago, this chapter surmounted every obstacle with ease, recently initiating 112 men and receiving their charter. This incredible achievement just barely scratches the surface of what these ambitious men were able to achieve in one academic year.

The re-chartered Lambda Epsilon Chapter at Texas Christian University.

After reaching out to Kelsey Patterson, the wife of TCU’s head football coach, the Lambda Epsilon chapter paired up with the Saving Hope Foundation to effectively raise funds for shelterless dogs. In what was called “Sigma Nu Dog Days”, this event attracted campus-wide affection both for the cause and for the dogs brought on campus. Not settling for only that, the chapter got involved with Habitat for Humanity, spending their Saturday painting several houses for the community of Fort Worth. More importantly, the chapter discovered that a fellow student tragically lost her life to a five-year struggle with cancer. After appealing to the “choose joy” mantra that this brave young woman lived her life by, the colony raised $5,000 through social media as a means of helping out her family during their time of mourning.

In an effort to develop into a distinguished presence on campus, the chapter encourages each member to be involved in at least one non-fraternal campus organization. Some of the more popular organizations include First Year Experience, business clubs, athletics, and even a Sigma Nu band that performs around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Due to the diversity of this chapter, Lambda Epsilon is equipped with members that promote leadership in academics, intramurals, social events, and extracurricular activities. With the insatiable hunger these men have made evident in a mere 9 months, there is no telling what the longevity of this fraternity holds in store for its current and future members.

UC Davis

Ten collegians and two alumni of the Zeta Xi Chapter at UC Davis completed their 4th annual Trekking For the Troops philanthropy event. They hiked over 100 miles in 10 days, ultimately summiting Mt. Whitney, raising over $15,000 for the Pathway Home, an organization that specializes in helping members of the U.S. Armed Forces recover from PTSD.

Zeta Xi brothers Trek for the Troops.

Current Commander, Nicky Aikawa, was one of 75 Japanese-American college students selected from across the United States to represent the country in the leadership development program known as the Kakehashi Project. He spent time in famous cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, interacting with Japanese college students. His trip also included visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and meeting the President of IBM Japan.

Brother John Dolan and alumnus Andy Jones are leaders of an on-campus club called “Out of the Darkness – Students Against Suicide.” This spring they will be hosting the 2nd Annual UC Davis Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide's research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss.

The chapter has also increased its involvement on campus with Brother Sam Park becoming the first brother since the chapter’s re-chartering to be elected as an ASUCD Senator. He hopes to increase graduation networking for UC Davis students and improved services for disabled students.

UC Irvine

UC Irvine brothers win the Chancellor's Cup

The chapter took home plenty of awards at their annual Greek Awards in March including: Chancellor’s Cup, Excellence in Risk Management, Excellence in Alumni Relations, and Excellence in Ritual Practice. Chapter Advisor Jeffrey Vu was also recognized as Chapter Advisor of the Year.

UC San Diego

To highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October the brothers teamed up with Chi Omega to participate in the annual Making Strides March Against Breast Cancer.

Washington and Lee

Lambda Chapter brothers do some cleanup in Virginia Beach, Va. during a chapter retreat.

Washington State

Over the last year the chapter is proud of their recent accomplishments, earning a chapter GPA of above 3.0 for the last two semesters, as well as completing 850 community service hours last semester.

The members also engage in opportunities to better themselves and the community. Former Commander Clayton Simundson has taken on the role of Collegiate Grand Councilman for the High Council and looks for ways to serve Sigma Nu nationally. Donovan Aldridge and Kyle Medina spent their spring break in Los Angeles preparing and serving food to homeless individuals.

Members also look for new experiences, and a great opportunity for this is to study abroad. Kevin Simeon has spent the 2015-2016 academic year in Thailand where he is studying business and has been enjoying the unique culture Thailand has to offer. Matt Cressey experienced the lifestyle of China where he studied hospitality and business management. Tyler Sanchez traveled to Greece where he studied the current economic situation.

West Virginia

This year the chapter saw exponential growth on campus through the acquisition of permanent housing, strong membership recruitment, and active participation within student organizations. In the fall of 2015 Gamma Pi Chapter secured permanent housing through the dedicated efforts of their alumni. The chapter is nearing completion of a $1.5 million capital campaign to use towards renovating and expanding their new home. This housing project would not be possible without the initial donation of one million dollars from Brother Ken Kendrick and countless other donations from over 100 other alumni. Gamma Pi thanks their housing board for all of their dedication and work to get them to this point today.

Within membership recruitment, the chapter was able to recruit over 30 candidates for fall 2015 and 11 candidates for spring 2016. Within the spring 2016 candidate class the chapter was also able to recruit the former WVU mascot (The Mountaineer) to enter their brotherhood. The chapter is eager to see their new members grow and take on future leadership roles.

Besides recruitment, Brothers Samuel Hudson, Cedrick Senat, and Dustin Seabolt were elected President, VP of Athletics, and VP of Membership Development for IFC respectively. Within athletics Brother Jeffery Fuss won the 2016 NCBA National Boxing Championship and Most Outstanding Boxer. Within creative arts Brother Jonathan Riseberg helped develop Xpress Music Fest which showcased local bands and musicians on WVU’s campus. Additionally, Brothers Hudson, Seabolt, and Tyler Miller join fellow former Brothers by being initiated into the WVU Chapter of Order of Omega, a Greek honorary society reserved for the top 3% of all Greek Life members nationwide. The chapter also took second place in WVU’s 2016 Greek Week competition with Delta Gamma and Alpha Sigma Phi. This year the Chapter has continued to be a model Greek organization on campus and has actively produced new alumni who have become new military officers, teachers, businessmen, and future doctors.

Western Kentucky

Brothers and Candidates at Eta Rho's Fall 2015 Bid Day.

This past year was another incredible year for the Eta Rho Chapter. In November, the chapter celebrated 50 years on the hill at WKU. Also, the chapter exceeded expectations in donating over $5,000 in one semester to philanthropic causes. The involvement within the Greek community has grown as well. In April, the chapter held, "Snake Days" to raise money for St Jude Children's Research Hospital. The chapter has also partnered with Alpha Omicron Pi to host a philanthropy concert April 28th with proceeds to benefit St. Jude, The Arthritis Foundation, and Make A Wish Foundation.

West Georgia

This year the chapter made it to the Elite 8 in the intramural basketball championship led by Zach Evans, a club basketball team member, currently. Also, the chapter celebrated its 44th birthday on April 14th, 2016. The chapter also came in third place during Greek Week, paired with Kappa Delta sorority.

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