|Centre College fraternity wins prestigious national award
RELEASED: August 1, 2001
DANVILLE, KYThe Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at Centre College was recently awarded the Roland P. Maxwell Outstanding Chapter Award at the biannual Phi Kappa Tau Leadership Academy in Oxford, Ohio.
This award is the highest award any Phi Kappa Tau chapter can receive and is given to what is considered the best chapter in the country. In its 87-year history, this is the first time Delta Chapter has received this award. The chapter was also awarded the Academic Excellence and Administrative Excellence Awards for consistent success in those areas. Order of the Star and Maxwell Chapter Awards were also captured.
"About three years ago we made it a priority to focus on becoming stronger in our brotherhood," said Wes Fugate, president of Phi Kappa Tau."In doing that, we knew we would have a chance to win the Maxwell Award. And winning it in this particular year means a lot to us. We started the year with only 24 members. But through combined resources and energy we were able to keep our brotherhood intact. This is what has made us stand out not only on campus but nationwide."
Delta Chapter took home the first-ever Golden Star Award for having the most delegates at the 2001 Leadership Academy.
The chapter was praised for its philanthropic efforts in raising money for Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, which allows children with life-threatening illnesses a chance to enjoy a summer camp experience.
Individual members of the fraternity were also honored. Les Fugate, President of the Centre College Interfraternity Council and the Delta Chapter Public Relations Chairman, was awarded the Clinton D. Boyd Award that recognizes the top vice presidents for alumni relations. He was also the runner-up for the Taylor A. Borradaile Award, given to the undergraduate of the year.
Patrick Noltemeyer won the Jack Anson Award for his contributions to the Interfraternity Council at Centre College.
Les Fugate, Noltemeyer, Centre College Student Congress President and chapter president Wes Fugate and alumnus Kyle Brothers were awarded Phi Kappa Tau scholarships.
"This is not the result of one year's work," said chapter advisor Phil Lockett, associate professor of physics at Centre. "These young men have worked amazingly hard over the past few years to accomplish this goal."
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