USD Greek chapters win numerous national awards

USD Greek chapters win numerous national awards A large group of Greek chapters at The University of South Dakota have been busy bringing home awards this summer.

Four of the Greek chapters at the university recently received numerous awards and scholarships.

"Greek life is an important part of the college experience," said Genevieve Evans Taylor, Greek Life advisor at USD. "These are phenomenal achievements and they speak to the quality of students we have involved in the USD Greek community."

Pi Kappa Alpha earned the House Improvement of the Year Award while attending their national conference. This award is given to one chapter that has put forth the most amount of time, work, and effort into their chapter house.

Last year, PKA purchased a chapter house and did extensive work to the interior and landscaping. The chapter was presented with a trophy and a $1,000 grant, which is to be spent toward the improvement of the house. The chapter competed against other PKA chapters from around the US and Canada.

"The chapter has put an incredible amount of work into the facility," said Evans Taylor. "The house is attractive, functional and it is obvious that the men take great pride in it."

Sigma Alpha Epsilon won three national awards at their national leadership school: the Kimball-Phelps Chapter Singing award, an award that recognizes the chapter that attains excellence, harmony and fervor in group singing; honorable mention for K. Martin Huffman Communications Award, an award recognizing chapters that excel in communicating their various messages to specific audiences; and a Chapter Achievement Award, which recognizes chapters that go above and beyond normal expectations and exemplify the strength of Sigma Alpha Epsilon on their respective campuses.

In addition, SAE member Tyler Beisch was recently honored with the W. Emil Forman Award for community service. Forman established a scholarship given to a fraternity brother who has shown an extraordinary commitment to his community and fellow man as demonstrated by community service work.

The award is accompanied by a $3,000 academic scholarship. When asked about the honor, Beisch said, "I was speechless. I did not expect anything like this to happen."

The Kappa Alpha Theta chapter earned 11 scholarships totaling $33,925: Anna Van Duzer, $7,000, Betsy Eide, $4500, Jackie Barber, $1000, Nichole Laughlin, $1,000, Megan Anderson, $2,025, Rebecca Rowen, $5,425, Carly Ellefson, $1,000, Jessica Nelson, $4,700, Tara Lammers, $3,425, Tara Creighton, $2,000 and Janna Dosch, $1,850. This is the most scholarship money earned for any single Kappa Alpha Theta chapter in the United States this year and an outstanding achievement according to Evans Taylor.

The men of Phi Delta Theta accepted several awards at their national conference. They received the General Headquarters Trophy from their international fraternity. The trophy is given to chapters across the nation and Canada that get at least 150 General Headquarters points that are given for turning things in on time and performing other general tasks when asked. The Gold Star Award honors them for demonstrating superior excellence in overall chapter operations. The Founder's Trophy honors the best Gold Star chapter on a medium-sized campus and there are over 165 similar sized chapters across the country.

Phi Delta Theta also received a Community Service Citation, an honor that recognizes the accomplishment of chapters in community management; Risk Management Recognition, an award that recognizes the accomplishment of chapters for their overall risk management; and the St. Louis Trophy Honorable Mention, an award that honors best new members and membership education programs.

"The men of Phi Delta Theta are highly deserving of these national honors. The chapter stresses leadership, which is evident by the members' active participation in nearly every aspect of campus," Evans Taylor said.

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