Centre ranked #8 in nation among 50 Best Colleges for Greek Life, according to Best College Reviews

Posted by Centre News in Greek Life, News 04 Sep 2015

Greek AwardsAmong an abundance of recent rankings, Centre College continues to shine bright, this time earning recognition for its excellent service-oriented Greek life, coming in at #8 in the nation via Best College Reviews.

While the ranking methodology focuses on elements such as the percentage of students enrolled in Greek life and the number of campus Greek organizations, Best College Reviews is also attentive to other, less quantitative measures. Having a positive influence on campus is key, for instance, along with being known for philanthropic efforts, academic achievement and community building.

On these qualitative elements in particular, Centre is among the best of the best.

“Besides providing a place to develop strong bonds of friendship and great memories,” the review notes about Centre’s 10 Greek organizations, “service and leadership projects are important.”

And because more than 50 percent of Centre students participate in Greek life at Centre, the positive impact of the four sororities and six fraternities reaches far and wide. “Greeks at Centre help support the United Way, Salvation Army, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, mentor at-risk local school children and sponsor city-wide canned food drives,” details Best College Reviews.

“Our chapters remain focused on their founding principles and ideals, and provide Centre students with unique opportunities for learning, leadership and community engagement during their college years and beyond,” Alycia Tidrick, director of Greek Life and New Student Orientation, explained. “We are incredibly proud of our Greek community at Centre College, and our chapters continue to achieve unprecedented milestones in scholarship, service and philanthropy each year.” Centre Greeks raised over $99,000 through their philanthropy initiatives during the 2014-2015 school year.

Many of Centre’s Greek chapters are award winning, with several receiving honors this summer. The Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) received the 2015 Lion Trophy Award, the highest honor awarded to a DKE chapter. The honor recognizes best overall performance in the nation, including leadership, chapter operations and alumni relations, philanthropy and service, and scholarship.

“The award is a huge honor for our chapter, and we’re incredibly proud of the accomplishment,” DKE President Matthew Nisbet ’16 said. “This is the second time in three years we have won the Lion Trophy Award, which I think reflects the culture of excellence we have been working to build here. We’ve certainly come a long way in a short time since our chapter was re-chartered in 2012.

“Of course,” Nisbet continued, “as thrilled as we are to receive this award, we are already focused on repeating the feat next year.”

Additionally, the Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi received the Knox Award and the Sisson Award, national honors that focus on cultivation of the intellect, working with advisors, membership size, membership education, leadership development, chapter standing and operations, service, alumni, communications, singing and financial health. This is the second consecutive year the chapter has been awarded the Knox, and the eighth time the chapter has been awarded the Sisson.

“Winning a Knox and a Sisson award puts us as a top chapter in Beta Theta Pi,” the chapter’s President Ross Larson ’16 said. “Doing so twice consecutively, as we’ve done, is a testament to the hard work of the leaders in our chapter.”

The Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi won several awards, including the Diamond 4 Point Award for over-all chapter performance and the Adelphian Excellence Award given to the chapters that met all deadlines for submission. The chapter also received honors in Panhellenic excellence, member education, programming, scholarship, finance and recruitment.

Centre Greeks are innovative as well, and this year the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Chi has volunteered to be one of 40 Sigma Chi chapters nationwide to join a pilot program for pledges called Preparation for Brotherhood which focuses on alleviating any kind of hazing entirely.

“The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Chi volunteered for the Preparation for Brotherhood program, because we acknowledged that our old pledge program, like any system, had its weak points,” David Malicote ’17, Sigma Chi new member educator, explained. “However, as a chapter, we have made great strides in reevaluating how we want to be viewed on campus. Further, we felt that this program gave us the best opportunity to build the most honorable men and, thus, form the most honorable fraternity.”

The beneficial impression these organizations have on their fellow students and the community at large is clear, further supporting the fact that Centre Greek life consists of “value-based organizations dedicated to the development of character and lifelong friendships,” as Best College Reviews notes.

“Our chapters continuously seek to promote personal development among their members and are dedicated to having a positive impact on our campus and the larger community,” Tidrick concluded. “Our Greek community sets the bar a little higher for themselves each year, and they continue to challenge themselves to become better and achieve more as both individuals and organizations. We have much to celebrate, and much to look forward to!”

Learn more about Greek life at Centre here.

by Elise L. Murrell
Sept. 4, 2015