Dexter Horne ’16 receives prestigious Shideler Award from Phi Kappa Tau
Dexter Horne ’16 was recently honored by Phi Kappa Tau with the William Shideler Award, the national fraternity’s highest undergraduate honor, presented annually to the most outstanding graduating senior in the organization. The award memorializes William H. Shideler, who founded the organization at Miami University of Ohio in 1906.
Horne, who was the president of Centre College’s Delta chapter of Phi Kappa Tau his senior year, feels indebted both to Centre and Phi Kappa Tau for this honor.
“I still feel like there’s a lot I need to accomplish in order to properly give back to my school and my fraternity,” Horne says. “Both institutions have given a lot to me, and the best part of receiving the award was that it reminded me that, though I’ve graduated from both, I can never mute my desire to serve them the best I can. The Shideler Award has given me a healthy amount of motivation to keep working hard to do meaningful things for society in my post-graduate life.”
No stranger to accolades and awards, Horne was elected the 2015 Homecoming King at Centre and was also chosen by his peers to deliver one of two senior addresses at the annual Honors Convocation. He also helped Phi Kappa Tau raise money for St. Baldrick’s and participated in the 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate, which Centre hosted on its campus on Oct. 6, 2015.
In his acceptance speech, Horne acknowledged his fellow Centre alumni and brothers in in the Delta chapter of the fraternity, including Tristan Conroy ’15 and Ewing T. Boles, Class of 1916.
For Horne, joining a fraternity was never a given; in fact, he acknowledges that he was once “very anti-Greek.” But the diversity of the Delta chapter gave him a new perspective on Greek life and its benefits.
“What made me begin to believe that Greek life was potentially good for colleges and universities and—perhaps even necessary—was my experience with the people in Delta chapter,” he says. “During my three and a half years as a member, I worked alongside young men who came from backgrounds very different from my own, whose values were foreign to my own and whose very interests were sometimes completely new to me. These were men with incredible stories and with important things to reveal to me about the world I knew so little about.
“I don’t think I would have come to befriend many of them had I not joined a fraternity that intentionally sought to bring misfits together,” Horne continues. “The challenge of learning to trust and love people very different from myself has increased my capacity for empathy tenfold.”
Horne’s acceptance speech, given at the fraternity’s 62nd National Convention Brotherhood Banquet on July 9 in Sacramento, Calif., can be found on the official Phi Kappa Tau website.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
August 1, 2016