The NIC’s Alumnus Award of Distinction recognizes the fraternity man who has given specifically of his time, talents, and service to the betterment of the fraternity or campus community. The service can be given at the local, regional or national level.
Congratulations to the 2020 NIC Alumnus Award of Distinction recipients!
PI KAPPA ALPHA, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
An integral part of the University of Washington for 60 years, his contribution to the fraternity and sorority community is simply unmatched. As an undergraduate, Gary Ausman served as president of Pi Kappa Alpha and the IFC executive board. He went on to serve a long career with the University of Washington, which included advising the IFC for 23 years. In 2017, he made a sizable donation to endow the creation of the Gary Ausman Fraternal Leadership Academy, a one-day leadership development experience for emerging fraternity leaders. Beyond providing funding, he has been actively involved in the curriculum development and academy logistics. “With the challenges facing fraternity and sorority life and the sometimes insular perspective alumni and volunteers can have, Gary’s focus of providing opportunities to groom self-aware, compassionate and effective interfraternal leaders is something to be celebrated by all,” his nominators said.
ALPHA TAU OMEGA, ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Eric Burwell, along with his wife Karin (Alpha Gamma Delta), has been instrumental in helping the sorority and fraternity life community at Illinois State achieve greatness. By endowing a Greek leadership fund, students from all councils benefit from initiatives that help them develop leadership skills and work together to build a more robust sorority and fraternity experience across campus. He is a vocal proponent for the Greek experience among alumni, undergraduates and prospective students with an unwavering vision. He ensures the department of student affairs has resources to support student success. The Burwells privately funded more than 70 students to attend AFLV Central this year. “Eric’s long-time support of the larger Greek community at ISU is an excellent example of the impact one volunteer can have on an entire community and its students,” a nominator said.
PI KAPPA PHI
Jeremy Inabinet is known for saying that the oath he swore when he became a Pi Kappa Phi brother means he is expected to be engaged for life. His nominators say he goes a step beyond that vow, working tirelessly to make the organization stronger. He has served as a facilitator for the fraternity’s emerging leaders program since it debuted a decade ago. He shares the knowledge from his career in student conduct and Title IX affairs at the University of Chicago to the fraternity’s national conduct policy committee and is a frequent educator and consultant on risk management areas. “Jeremy truly exemplifies what lifelong commitment and service to fraternity looks like,” nominators said. “our programs and students are better because of his involvement.”