|Jess do it!
Centre College student Jess Metzmeier succeeding in and out of classroom
RELEASED: June 5, 2003
DANVILLE, KYOne of the many reasons Jess Metzmeier decided to attend Centre was because he believed it was where he could get involved and thrive.
Three years later, that thought has held true to form.
Metzmeier, who'll begin his senior year this fall, isn't afraid of taking on leadership roles.
Metzmeier, who has been on the dean's list each of his three years at Centre, received an individual Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference this past year. This award recognized him as the most outstanding undergraduate fraternity member in the country. Metzmeier is one of five 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. He's the second Phi Tau from Centre in a row to win this award. Les Fugate '02 was recognized last year.
Metzmeier also received the Taylor A. Borradaile Undergraduate Award from the Phi Kappa Tau national fraternity this year, which honors the undergraduate who best exemplifies the characteristics of the fraternity
The double-major in anthropology/sociology and religion will work at the Governor's Scholars program at Eastern Kentucky University this summer. He'll be an assistant to the campus director, responsible for everything from organizing campus visitors, to roommate and hall assignments. He worked for GSP last summer, but takes on additional duties this year.
Metzmeier was a Governor's Scholar and valedictorian at De Sales High School in Louisville.
"The great thing about GSP is that a large number of the employees are former scholars," Metzmeier said. "As a scholar, I developed relationships that inspired me toward educational and life goals. I feel my life has markedly benefited from the program, and I want to pass along such an experience to others."
Centre's campus will also host GSP this summer, June 22-July 26.
"I've enjoyed my time at Centre immensely," Metzmeier said, "and not for a moment regretted my decision to go here."
Things won't slow down for Metzmeier when he returns to campus this fall. He'll be house manager of Centre's Norton Center for the Arts and will serve as president of the Delta chapter of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
In addition, Metzmeier was a resident assistant last year and studied abroad in London as a sophomore.
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