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.

2020 Honorees

BETA THETA PI, EPSILON CHAPTER

CENTRE COLLEGE

This principled group of brothers are leaders on campus and internationally in Beta Theta Pi. These men are highly engaged in other student organizations and committed to philanthropy and service. The 74-man chapter requires a 3.0 minimum grade-point average for all members, resulting in a best-of-IFC groups 3.38 overall GPA. That success metric wasn’t enough for this motivated group – the chapter created a new leadership role dedicated to facilitating academic and professional development programs. The Epsilon Chapter also responded strongly to the COVID-19 pandemic, seamlessly transitioning operations to online and hosting regular virtual brotherhood events. As a whole, the members of this chapter are dedicated to the ideals of fraternity and strive to improve themselves and their community.

CHI PSI, ALPHA PHI DELTA

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

This chapter has earned a reputation for excellence by encouraging humble leadership in individuals that radiates outward. Chi Psi is a smaller group on the large campus, but brothers have made their mark as leaders in areas such as chapter growth, member development, new member integration and individual health and well-being. Phi Delta hosts weekly life skills workshops and has a consistent grade-point average above the IFC median. Brothers give hundreds of hours of community service across the Lexington community. Their efforts to support a local young girl with medical issues created an inspiring bond of genuine care with the family that resonated across the fraternity/sorority community.

PI KAPPA PHI, DELTA LAMBDA CHAPTER

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE

This chapter is a powerhouse, excelling in all areas and earning repeated campus and national awards from Pi Kappa Phi. This is a chapter of men who shine individually and collectively, put service before self and truly make the world around them a better place. This 60-man chapter has consistently raised over $12,000 in annual philanthropy. Brothers are highly engaged with disability awareness programs and philanthropies, including Pi Kappa Phi’s national The Ability Experience. Delta Lambda is high-functioning in all operational areas and leadership opportunities. Holistically, the chapter consistently puts brotherhood at the forefront and cares about every member, active and alumnus.

SIGMA ALPHA EPSILON, INDIANA EPSILON CHAPTER

UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

This chapter builds leaders from the moment they join. A deep peer support system is at the root of Indiana Epsilon’s comprehensive integrity and positive attitude. 100% of brothers are engaged with another campus organization and 100% of brothers graduate, due in part to a meticulous academic program and a required 3.0 grade-point average. Brothers are known for a giving spirit and community engagement, racking up 2,300 service hours through a minimum individual expectation of 15 service hours per semester, and raising $9,000 for local cancer charities. This group was given the highest honor in Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 2019.

SIGMA NU, ZETA XI CHAPTER

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

The Zeta Xi Chapter continually performs at the highest levels and serves as a model for Sigma Nu and other fraternity chapters. Members excel academically – posting average chapter GPAs in the 3.10 range, well above the IFC and all-male averages – while maintaining a chapter size almost double the IFC average. These students place the highest emphasis on the development of individual members and have built a reputation in Sigma Nu as the best at implementing the fraternity’s multi-year leadership development program. The chapter averaged over 40 hours of community service per member and donated more than $6,000 to charity last year. This group was awarded Sigma Nu’s highest chapter distinction.

THETA CHI, KAPPA ZETA CHAPTER    

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

This chapter is a vocal advocate and leader for the movement on the University of Arkansas campus in addressing issues surrounding alcohol, drugs, sexual assault and hazing across the fraternity/sorority community, not just inside their own organization. They show their commitment to doing good through enthusiastic service, campus engagement and leadership in a variety of student organizations and initiatives. The chapter has the highest fraternity grade-point average on campus with a 3.33. In an impressive accomplishment for a newer group, the Kappa Zeta Chapter earned Theta Chi’s top chapter honor, while also displaying forward momentum toward more success.