The NIC’s Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes exceptional fraternity collegiate chapters demonstrating excellence in operations, involvement in their fraternity/sorority and campus community, and a commitment to a positive fraternity experience.
ALPHA TAU OMEGA, BETA DELTA CHAPTER
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
This chapter distinguished itself as ATO’s Top Chapter for the 2016-17 academic year. Beta Delta Chapter exemplifies self-governance and leadership, and it sets the bar for the campus fraternity community. It maintained the second highest fraternity GPA and, when factoring in the number of men in the chapter, the highest GPA for an organization of its size on campus. The chapter’s continued operation of an alcohol-free facility and mandatory drug testing for members speaks to the commitment to health and safety. The chapter is highly recognized within the campus as a model chapter, which includes a very engaged Board of Trustees to help advise the chapter.
BETA THETA PI, EPSILON OMICRON CHAPTER
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
Since its re-founding, this chapter has raised the bar for the rest of the UK fraternity community by being well-rounded in high grades, leadership and service. Members stay true to the core value of intellectual growth and academic achievement and are dedicated to building men of principle for a principled life. The chapter is also the largest fraternity on campus with more than 150 members. The chapter consistently tops the IFC academic rankings, including a 3.5 fall 2017 GPA that compares to the all-IFC GPA of a 3.02. The chapter initiated 88 percent of its new members. Twenty-nine percent of their members belong to other student organizations and 17 percent are leaders in other student organizations. Chapter members have held key leadership positions including Student Government President, IFC top offices, and Dance Blue Marathon chairs. Last spring, the chapter was awarded with Outstanding Membership Development at the 2017 Greek Awards, and has raised $25,000 each year through its ‘‘Bring It On’’ cheerleading competition to benefit the Nest Center and God’s Pantry.
DELTA SIGMA PHI, ALPHA UPSILON CHAPTER
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Delta Sigma Phi at Kansas State maintains a commitment to living its values, starting with the new member education program. The chapter maintains an exemplary program that engages every member of the chapter and its advisors, helping to prepare new members to be fully engaged in the chapter and the campus community. This is evident in the chapter’s involvement on campus, as members are currently involved in 180 different campus organizations including Student Government, Student Foundation, Student Alumni Board, Interfraternity Council, and many others. Throughout the academic year, the chapter hosts the “Better Men, Better Lives: Lecture Series,” in which they bring in a variety of speakers to touch on different personal and professional development topics including mental health, hazing and sexual assault. The chapter has built and maintained a relationship with the surrounding Manhattan community through different philanthropic partners such as the American Red Cross and Purple Paws Animal Welfare Society for which members raised more than $10,000. The chapter also provided over 11,000 hours of community service. Last year, the chapter was named the Chapter of the Year on the KSU campus and won the Pyramid of Excellence for Delta Sigma Phi.
LAMBDA THETA PHI, GAMMA THETA CHAPTER
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON
They say actions speak louder than words, and if there was an organization that held true to those beliefs, it would be the Gamma Theta Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Not only did the chapter successfully execute 37 programs during the past year, but as one nominator put it, “I was particularly impressed by the quality of programming the chapter hosted. Some of their events included a Book Drive for Latinx high school students, Lanterns for Peace, UNIDOS Turkey Drive, a fundraiser to support countries affected by natural disasters, Postcards to Congress, and the Run for Refugees 5K Run/Walk. Moreover, their work surrounding the immigrant community is outstanding. It is so rare to find an undergraduate chapter so entwined in the community.” The chapter is consistent in bringing in quality members, which is a testament to their presence and impact on campus. One nominator wrote, “They attract men who are strong advocates, activists and have a solid moral compass. For the last two years, individuals from this chapter have received the Meyerhoff Excellence Award. This award is given to less than 30 students at UW-Madison annually.”
SIGMA NU, GAMMA TAU CHAPTER
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, TWIN CITIES
As a testament to its outstanding performance in all operational areas, the Gamma Tau Chapter was recently recognized with Sigma Nu Fraternity’s Rock Chapter Award. The prestigious Rock Chapter Award honors collegiate chapters that have achieved excellence in all areas of chapter operations and maintained an ideal or nearly perfect state across a broad range of fraternity operations for a multi-year period. During the same year, the chapter was recognized as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest honor available to a fraternity or sorority at the university. The chapter is currently the third largest on a campus of 30 IFC fraternities and with a GPA of 3.33. The chapter is actively involved in the IFC and greater community. All members annually participate in community service and philanthropic initiatives benefiting both St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Alliance Against Mental Illness. Chapter leadership has been communicative and eager to offer productive feedback and volunteer for leadership opportunities in the community.
THETA CHI, BETA DELTA CHAPTER
Over the past year, the Beta Delta chapter of Theta Chi has proven itself an exemplary group of men inside and outside the classroom. The chapter continues to be a mainstay among the highest performing chapters in the Rutgers 36-chapter IFC. It had the third highest cumulative GPA in fall 2017, jumping four spots from the previous semester. In service and philanthropic work, the chapter performed 2,389 service hours, with significant time dedicated to expanding “GI Theta Chi” philanthropic event and tutoring at nearby Lincoln Elementary School. In 2017, the chapter received the Howard R. Alter, Jr. Award for Chapter Excellence, the highest award for chapters in Theta Chi Fraternity and its second Alter Award since re-chartering in 2007. The men are a presence on campus both within and outside of the Rutgers fraternity/sorority community, holding positions on executive boards in IFC, club sports teams, and academic societies. The chapter has made strong efforts in its risk management practices and sets an example for other fraternities.