|Fraternity recognized as one
of top two chapters in North America
Phi Kappa Tau receives Award of Distinction; member Les Fugate
RELEASED: Mar. 21, 2002
DANVILLE, KY-The brothers of the Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity at Centre College received the Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference this week. Out of the 5,500 fraternity chapters in the nation, Centre's Phi Tau chapter was one of only two collegiate chapters to receive this award, recognizing overall leadership excellence on campus and in the community, as well as the highest commitment to advancing fraternal ideals through example.
Through 66 member fraternities, the NIC represents almost 4.5 million alumni and 400,000 college students. The NIC also represents over 5,500 chapters on more than 800 college campuses.
"This award says a lot for the type of student Centre College produces and the type of person Phi Kappa Tau produces," said Wes Fugate, president of Phi Kappa Tau and a senior at Centre. "When you combine those two you have one of the nation's best chapters."
In addition, Les Fugate, a Centre College senior and member of Phi Kappa Tau, received an individual Award of Distinction from the NIC, recognizing him as the most outstanding undergraduate fraternity member in the country. Les Fugate is one of three men among more than 400,000 fraternity members in the country to receive this award, recognizing his conviction for fraternal values, reflected through his innovative leadership, strong character and service to the fraternity, campus and community.
"The important thing is that Delta was recognized for being the best. My award was just a pleasant surprise," Les Fugate said. "When you have a community like Centre's and a chapter like Delta, it's easy to excel. Without the help of my peers, especially my brother Wes, and the help of the faculty and staff at Centre I'd never have been able to achieve as much as I have."
Since 1909, the North-American Interfraternity Conference has been serving the men's college fraternity community in Canada and the United States. The NIC advocates the needs of fraternities through the enrichment of the Greek experience, advancement and growth of the fraternities and enhancement of the educational mission of host institutions such as Centre College. To learn more about the NIC, visit www.nicindy.org.
NIC President William Jenkins is to present the awards to Phi Kappa Tau at Centre's annual Grand Chapter Greek Awards Ceremony on May 9.
Centre College's Delta chapter of Phi Kappa Tau is among the first chartered chapters of the fraternity, locally founded in 1914.
Earlier this year, Phi Kappa Tau of Centre was awarded the Roland P. Maxwell Outstanding Chapter Award. It's the highest award any Phi Kappa Tau chapter can receive and is given to what is considered the best chapter in the country.
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