February 28, 2013
University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon receives multiple awards at annual leadership academy
HATTIESBURG - The MS Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at the University of Southern Mississippi received three prestigious awards: Donald C. McCleary Excellence in Member Development Award, Grand Chapter Scholarship Cup, and the Excelsior Award for academics. The chapter was awarded these distinctions at the Carlson Leadership Academy on February 2, 2013 in Dallas, TX. The Greek life system at the university has fostered drastic improvement in MS Gamma’s chapter operations throughout their transition from a pledge model chapter to the Balanced Man Program.
The Donald C. McCleary Excellence in Member Development award recognizes a chapter’s development program that emphasizes Sound Mind and Sound Body programming, continuous four-year development, service learning and servant leadership through exemplary execution of SigEp’s Balanced Man Program. Criteria are based on the undergraduate four-year member development program and a document outlining programming examples. Also, the chapter must meet or exceed all university averages for GPA and retention. This award is presented to one chapter in each region. The Grand Chapter Scholarship Cup is present to chapters ranking first in academic standings among fraternities on campus for an entire academic year. The chapter’s GPA must be above the all-campus average and must be a 3.15 or higher for one semester during the academic year. Automated statistics by chapter grade reports are sent in to Headquarters by Greek life professionals to determine which chapters receive this award. The Excelsior Award is presented to chapters that show significant improvement in one of six core areas of chapter operations (volunteer engagement, recruitment, retention, academics, fiscal health, or housing). MS Gamma won the award for academics. Nominations are made to the regional director by chapters, volunteers, district governors, and the Headquarters staff. This award is only received by one chapter in each region.
Sigma Phi Epsilon currently has 240 chapters and colonies across the United States with a membership of more than 15,200 undergraduates and 300,000 lifetime members. In 2006, SigEp became the first fraternity with a cumulative GPA above a 3.0. In the spring 2011 semester, 231 chapters reported a 3.11 all-member GPA. This places SigEp in the top quartile in the categories of membership and academics of all fraternities. Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded in Richmond, VA in 1901 on three cardinal principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. Its mission, “Building Balanced Leaders for the World’s Communities,” emphasizes the importance of leadership to the national fraternity and what it means to become a Balanced Man. One important quote that summarizes SigEp quite well is "This Fraternity will be different; it will be based on the love of God and the principle of peace through brotherhood...” - Carter Ashton Jenkens, Founder.
February 25, 2013
University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta receives award at division conference
INDIANAPOLIS - The Zeta Chi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta at the University of Southern Mississippi has received a Court of Honor Award by the International Fraternity. The chapter was awarded this distinction at the Southern Division Leadership Conference on Feb. 23, 2013 in Orlando, Fla. This is the twentieth time in the chapter’s nearly 27-year history that this honor has been awarded.
The Court of Honor Award was established in 1965. The annual award is presented to the top 20 chapters in the Fraternity. For the 2012 reporting year, all chapters were asked to submit the Fraternity Awards/Accreditation Report. Chapters were asked to provide documents that measure compliance with the Fraternity’s minimum operating standards and exceptional facets of their operations and Delt programming. Chapters were graded on excellence in chapter finance, recruitment, membership education, academics, alumni relations and community service.
Delta Tau Delta has 132 chapters and colonies across the United States with a membership of more than 7,700 undergraduates and 117,000 alumni members. The Fraternity posts a GPA of 3.017, making it one of the highest achieving men’s fraternities in academics.
Delta Tau Delta is a values-driven fraternity founded in 1858. Its mission, “Committed to Lives of Excellence,” is what the Fraternity seeks to represent at its host institutions. Delta Tau Delta strives to develop its members’ leadership skills, seeks superior academic achievement, promotes community service efforts, and helps its members launch successful careers.