The Laurel Wreath Award is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach, or influence within the fraternal world.
Congratulations to the 2020 Laurel Wreath Award recipients! Browse below to learn more about each honoree.
CARDINAL JOURNEY: BROTHERHOOD IN PHI SIGMA KAPPA
PHI SIGMA KAPPA
Phi Sigma Kappa is seeing results from this initiative that is changing the culture of the fraternity. The revamped member development program is driven by research and was designed with undergraduate needs and wants at the forefront, helping chapters foster a true sense of belonging and brotherhood for an enhanced experience. The goal of Cardinal Journey: Brotherhood in Phi Sigma Kappa is to is to integrate associate members through a focus on personal growth, genuine conversation and an exploration of individual and organizational values. The fraternity continues to adopt feedback to ensure student success and work on creating supporting resources in this industry benchmark program.
BROTHERHOOD AT HOME
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
In the face of the unprecedented disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon staff and leadership felt that the bonds of brotherhood were more critical than ever and new ways to connect members was necessary. The Brotherhood at Home program has the simple mission of finding ways to provide optional interactions, distractions and connections for brothers during the pandemic with themes each day of the week like Trivia Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday. Consistent messaging helps promote the included virtual events. The program has received great feedback from members and Sigma Alpha Epsilon hopes to use parts of the initiative to build bonds of brotherhood after the end of the pandemic.
PARENTS AND ALUMNI FOR STUDENT SAFETY (PASS)
Parents and Alumni for Student Safety (PASS) was founded by a former Zeta Psi Educational Foundation Board member, former local and national alumni leaders from Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Psi fraternities, along with the families of victims of hazing. The Texas-based organization is leading efforts to reform bad practices and empower students to make healthier decisions through collaboration with fraternities, sororities, other student organizations, parent groups and university officials. The coalition’s mission is to end hazing through education, oversight and advocacy. Combined with a year-long social media anti-hazing public education campaign, PASS successfully lobbied for passage of a groundbreaking hazing reform bill in the Texas Legislature, SB 38, which was signed into law in June 2019. The impact of PASS is undeniable, Zeta Psi said, and they hope to emulate the efforts in other states.