Phi Delta Theta fraternity receives national honors The Phi Delta Theta fraternity, consisting of 180 chapters nationwide, has named The University of South Dakota's Alpha Chapter as the winner of several national honors.
The awards were presented earlier this year at the national Phi Delta Theta convention at its Miami University headquarters in Oxford, OH.
USD chapter members attending the convention included: chapter President Eric Hathaway from Sioux City, IA; past President Clay Cudmore from Pierre; Treasurer-elect John Haber from Sioux Falls, House Manager Jon Esmay from Murdo, Risk Manager Jim Snaza from Minneapolis, and Treasurer Bryan Anderson from Minneapolis.
The awards to the USD chapter consisted of the Kansas City Trophy, The St. Louis Trophy, General Headquarters Trophy, Gold Star Award, Membership Recruitment Award, and the Community Service Award.
Cudmore received the Arthur Priest Award, the most prestigious award of Phi Delta Theta. Cudmore became the fourth member of the South Dakota Alpha Chapter in five years to win the Arthur Priest Award, which was based on an outstanding ranking by a committee. He was ranked at the top of all areas that included academic performance, campus activity, and community contribution. Cudmore's activities include serving as past president of the Phi Delta Theta chapter at USD, USD's Honor Program, business manager for The Volante newspaper, secretary for USD's Program Council, and membership in several national honor societies.
The Kansas City Trophy is based on excellence in scholarship, the recognition of individual members, participation in honor societies, chapter and individual efforts in athletics, member participation in campus publication and student government, chapter participation in general campus activities and a commitment to community service. The St. Louis Trophy is awarded to the chapter judged to have the most outstanding program for the education and indoctrination of its new members.