HATTIESBURG – Eric
Arrant from Amory, Miss., a senior business management major at
Southern Miss, is the national runner-up of The Thomas Arkle Clark
Award, the top award given to a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
The award is named after Thomas Arkle Clark,
twice Worthy Grand Chief of ATO and the dean of men at the University
of Illinois for 31 years. Candidates for the award must be a graduating
senior member of ATO and demonstrate high standards set by the fraternity
and demonstrate high standards of campus and community leadership
and service, scholastic excellence and personal character.
The ATO national fraternity selects only one
national winner and three runners-up.
“It is such an honor to have been recognized
for this award,” Arrant said. “ATO has given me the
opportunity to do so many great things. Being rewarded was never
a part of it, but it's nice to know that all of the hard work and
sleepless nights were worth it. I cannot give enough credit to my
chapter; this award or any other would not be possible without them.”
Arrant has proven his leadership skills through
ATO and on the Southern Miss campus. He was initiated in the Epsilon
Upsilon chapter of Alpha Tau Omega at Southern Miss in 2001. Since
his initiation, Arrant has served as an executive officer for three
consecutive terms and has also served as the chair of ATO’s
popular annual crawfish boil, which is a fund-raiser for Habitat
Serving as public relations chair for ATO,
Arrant has assisted the Epsilon Upsilon chapter of ATO in earning
the Anderson Gold Communications Award. This award is given to the
top ATO chapters in the nation for their efforts in public relations
and communications programming.
“Having fraternities and their members
recognized for national awards also says a lot about the Greek community
at Southern Miss,” Arrant said. “The Greek system here
is amazing, and I'm proud to associate myself as a Southern Miss
ATO, but also as a Southern Miss Greek.”
Not only is Arrant active in ATO, but also
with other organizations on campus. He served as president of Order
of Omega in 2003, Interfraternity Council vice president of public
relations in 2004, and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron
Delta Kappa. He also active in the Hattiesburg community, volunteering
with Habitat for Humanity.
Arrant is a graduate of the LeaderShape institute
and is graduating from Southern Miss in December with a degree in
business management and advertising with a 3.7 GPA. Following graduation,
he plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.
On Aug. 26, Arrant was awarded the Tomas Arkle
Clark Award at the National ATO awards banquet in Indianapolis,
“I've lived by the tenant that ‘what
you put into something, you get back tenfold,’” Arrant
said. “For me, with ATO, that has been exactly the case, and
I am so happy to have been able to share my experience with such
a wonderful group of guys.” says Arrant.