UNO Fraternities Win National Awards
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 16:08
Fraternities are no strangers to being stereotyped and ridiculed in pop culture. However, two UNO fraternities are succeeding in combating those stereotypes and putting their best faces forward.
The Delta Chi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha is now a three-time recipient of the Robert Adger Smythe award. This award is only given to the top ten percent of Pi Kappa Alpha chapters. In order to receive this award, the chapters are graded by a chapter consultant and a year-end summary in multiple areas such as operations, finances, social life and athletics. While Pi Kappa Alpha is no stranger to winning national awards, this victory is especially important.
“It boosts morale more than anything I could do in my term as president,” said chapter President Tyler Anderson. “Having the physical trophy and saying ‘look guys, this is what we set our minds to, here it is, let’s go get another’ is much easier than the alternative.”
Not to be outdone, the Nebraska Beta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon received their first Buchanan Cup this summer. This national award is given to outstanding chapters. The recipients excel in every area of operations and plan to achieve even more. While they have strived for this award every year, they have also received national recognition for their high membership numbers and exceptional grades.
“This award is the biggest thing to happen in NE Beta,” said chapter President Lucas Sullivan. ”We are very honored to have received this award. It shows that we have finally reached that top tier in the SigEp world and can finally call ourselves elite.”
Both chapters fully plan on continuing to excel. They hope to not only maintain their high status but also hope to receive bigger and better awards each year.