The Edmond Sun

August 24, 2012

UCO fraternities, sororities recognized nationally for excellence


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma’s fraternity and sorority chapters earned multiple national awards for excellence during the summer.           

Central’s Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Jenna Lutz calls the achievements the mark of a system that is growing not only in size but also in its commitment to developing potential in each member.           

“Our fraternity and sorority members made a decision to hold themselves to higher standards, and each of these awards is a reflection of their dedication to scholarship, member development, recruitment and overall excellence,” Lutz said.

The awards earned at each chapter’s national conventions include:

• Acacia fraternity chapter president Jerod Miles was one of only four members nationally to receive the Emma C. Allen Scholarship, and Nathan Woolard, Acacia adviser and assistant director of Undergraduate Admissions at UCO, received the Order of Pythagoras Award recognizing alumni who go above and beyond the call of duty. The chapter also raised more than $1100 for the Oklahoma wildfire victims while at convention.

• The Alpha Gamma Delta sorority chapter was one of only two chapters nationally to be named to the Recruitment Excellence Honor Roll. The chapter also received the “Strive for Pi” award, recognizing achievement in academics for a chapter grade point average at or above 3.14, and was recognized as a “Jewel Chapter” for the 14th year for raising more than $2,000 for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation.

• The Delta Zeta sorority chapter was the only one in the region to receive the Excellence in Philanthropy Award, and was recognized for 100 percent chapter participation in giving to the Delta Zeta Foundation.

• The Kappa Sigma fraternity chapter was the only chapter nationwide to receive the Founder’s Circle award, recognizes success in each of the four pillars of the fraternity: fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service. Additionally, the chapter received the Outstanding Brothers in Action award for its pledges program, the 100 percent Ritual Proficiency award, the Outstanding Grand Master of Ceremonies award for Michael Douglas, and the Outstanding Grand Master and Master of Ritual awards for Chris Stiles.

• The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter was the recipient of the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award recognizing the top 20 percent of all the fraternity’s chapters, and was a finalist for the Campus Leadership Award. Blake Stepanovich, who served the chapter as Internal Vice President and Pledge Educator, was the runner up for the Pike Robertson award recognizing the most outstanding undergraduate member in the nation.

• The Sigma Kappa sorority chapter was recognized as a two-star chapter, named to the Gold Giving Circle for giving more than $2,500 to the Sigma Kappa Foundation, and the Golden Key Award for its Corporation Board, the highest recognition the board could achieve.

• The Sigma Nu fraternity chapter received the Most Improved Chapter award.

• The Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity chapter was runner up for the Most Distinguished Chapter in the Nation award, recognized as one of the top five chapters in the nation, and received the Man-Mile Award.

Central is home to four National Panhellenic Conference sororities, with a fifth colonizing on the campus this fall, six Interfraternity Council fraternities, and 10 National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council fraternities and sororities.

All are set to recruit new members this month as the fall semester starts. To register for recruitment or learn more about fraternity and sorority life at Central, visit www.uco.edu/greek.