The NIC’s Undergraduate Award of Distinction recognizes fraternity men who, throughout in their collegiate experience, have found an outlet for development as both a leader and a better man. They are exemplary members of their organizations and serve their brothers, campuses and fraternity/sorority communities with humble confidence.
Congratulations to the 2021 Undergraduate Award of Distinction recipients!
PI KAPPA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Having held the positions of Chapter President, Housing Chair and most recently the prestigious role of Undergraduate Vice President of Pi Kappa Alpha’s Supreme Council, George Hoye is a true example of leadership and service at every level of Pike. Throughout his leadership roles Hoye guided the chapter in restructuring the leadership of the associate education committee as well as the learning curriculum for new members, he was integral in securing a lease for a chapter house and then lead the chapter through the COVID-19 outbreak with grace. Now a Pike and IU alumnus, one nominator said, “George Hoye remains the most hardworking, motivated, truly impressive brother I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.”
SIGMA TAU GAMMA FRATERNITY, NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
Involved in Northwest Missouri State’s Student Senate since his freshman year, Kirayle Jones has held the roles of Executive Vice President and in 2020 became the first Black male Student Senate President in the University’s history. In this role, he proved to be an intentionally inclusive leader getting input from as many stakeholders as possible when making decisions on behalf of students. He also advocated for the Senate executive board to be included in the conversations about what a return to campus would look like related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Student Senate, Jones took on the role of Sigma Tau’s Standards Board Chairman, a role one nominator said is, “one of the most difficult positions to maintain as it requires the perfect balance of professionalism and relatability, confidence and humility, accountability and compassion.”
PI KAPPA PHI FRATERNITY, TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Upon entering Truman State as a freshman, Patrick Lucitt “jumped into involvement on campus immediately, catapulting to leadership roles and heavy-hitting, high impact leadership positions.” He served his chapter as president, his campus as IFC president, The Ability Experience as a project manager and on Pi Kappa Phi’s Council of Archons advisory board for two years. In addition, Lucitt worked and volunteered on campus serving as a Homecoming Intern, Leadership Program Intern, on the Student Activities Board and his senior year worked as the Office Manager for Union and Involvement Services. And when he was unable to join the Peace Corps as planned due to COVID-19, Lucitt joined the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity staff continuing his service at the national level. One nominator said, “As a chapter brother, a past staff member, and as a friend there is no one in my eyes who embodies leadership and service before self, better than Patrick Lucitt.”
KAPPA ALPHA ORDER, UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
Under Dominic Lupo’s leadership, his KA chapter has not only grown but has continued to achieve excellence. Having held numerous officer positions, including New Member Educator, Vice President and President, and, as a triple major in finance, economics and political science, Lupo’s involvement, leadership and academic expectations of himself and the chapter aided them in achieving numerous prestigious Kappa Alpha Order awards as well as attaining their highest ever chapter GPA in its nearly century-long history. A student involved in not only Greek life, but the club Rugby team, Student Association Senate, honor societies, and an Eagle Scout, Lupo is a brother whose presence in the Tulsa community has encouraged students to start making real change concerning risk behavior and education as well as the establishment of a strategic plan to promote the success of his peers and community.
SIGMA NU FRATERNITY, UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
Paul Markos has served both Sigma Nu and Ole Miss tirelessly throughout his four years as an undergraduate and was presented with Sigma Nu’s 2020 Man of the Year award, a testament to his dedication and passion for upholding the values of Sigma Nu and influencing others to do the same. He is a founding member of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies’ Society for Future Intelligence Leaders, an honors society whose purpose is to bring defense and policy professionals from all backgrounds to the University of Mississippi, who also held internship roles, worked part-time on and off-campus with numerous companies and more, all while serving as IFC president. His nominators wrote, “At every opportunity, we have witnessed him serving on behalf of the Fraternity he has stood out among his peers and been well respected by the alumni he has served alongside.”
SIGMA ALPHA MU FRATERNITY, DREXEL UNIVERSITY
Rajeev Nunna is an innovative leader and mentor. He served his chapter in leadership roles immediately upon initiation and throughout his undergraduate years worked diligently to better his chapter and Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity as well as the Drexel and Philadelphia communities. Nunna’s innovation and forward-thinking were noticed by fraternity staff and he was called on to be a peer-to-peer mentor to other chapters throughout the country. In addition, he sat on the Dean’s Advisory Board and served as a Peer Leader and Teaching Assistant with the LeBow College of Business mentoring and assisting freshmen with their integration into the university environment. He was also selected by the provost to serve as a student advisor to facilitate the rollout of new initiatives from university administration. His peers said, “Because of him serving as a mentor, a leader, and an individual of service, Rajeev has taught those around him important life lessons.”
ACACIA FRATERNITY, ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
An advocate for the success of the entire fraternal community, Clark Purdy embodies the ideals of Acacia. “Clark envisions a strong IFC community for his campus, and desires nothing but the success of his interfraternal brothers in other chapters,” said one nominator. A humble leader with great influence on those around him, he has been honored by Illinois State University as Chapter President of the Year. After leading his chapter in new programming provided from the Headquarters level, he was also voted president of the Acacia Leadership Academy by over 60 Acacians from 30 other chapters. “I’d venture to say that there are no more humble, service-oriented leaders than Clark Purdy of Acacia Fraternity.”
BETA THETA PI FRATERNITY, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Ian Ross has dedicated time and talents to improve his fraternity and community numerous positions and campus groups including the Michigan Men program, Beta Theta Pi chapter president, IFC president, University of Michigan diversity, equity and inclusion task forces, as an Undergraduate Commissioner to the Beta Board of Trustees and as a member of Beta’s inaugural Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In addition, he was chosen by the Provost and VP of Student Affairs to serve as an undergraduate representative on a task force of faculty and staff charged with assessing the campus security and safety practices at Michigan, and he advised the Dean of Students on fall reopening protocols and ongoing COVID-related safety policies. Equally as impressive is Ian’s character; one nominator wrote, “He has embodied Beta’s values within his life and actions. Ian has been a steadfast friend and brother as he led and mentored his fellow chapter members.”
SIGMA NU FRATERNITY, MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
A leader who truly holds others accountable and strives to better the community, Jonathan Thomas displayed “remarkable dedication to the welfare of the Missouri S&T Greek community and its members.” Just two of many positions held, he served as chapter president and IFC president at the same time balancing both roles well and making significant, positive changes in both organizations, all while continuing to excel academically. He also volunteered his time with Mental Well-Being as a peer mentor planning, coordinating and implementing programs, presentations and events addressing the mental well-being needs of students. In addition to local leadership, Thomas served on the Sigma Nu High Council as a Collegiate High Council Member for two years. One nominator said, “There is a reason J.T. ascends to these positions of leadership. He is a doer, he develops followership, he is wise beyond his years, and his integrity is beyond reproach.”