More than 50 percent of Centre College students participate in Greek life, which includes six fraternities and five sororities. Among them is Beta Theta Pi, recently awarded the 2017 North-American Interfraternity Conference Chapter Award of Distinction.
Centre’s Epsilon chapter is one of two in the nation to received the award, given to recognize hard work, dedication and the commitment of its members.
“During my time at Centre, I have had the unique opportunity to watch the evolution of Epsilon from the early stages of their recolonization to becoming one of the strongest chapters on Centre’s campus and in the country,” Director of Greek Life Kiana Fields said. “To be recognized as one of the top five chapters in the country is not an easy feat. This chapter is truly an asset to the College community, and I am extremely proud and fortunate to work with them.”
Fields shared how the Epsilon’s commitment to excellence and making a positive impact within their own chapter and the entire community is truly a testament to the strong Greek life system at Centre.
Outgoing Chapter President Jared Thompson ’17 said that at a time when fraternities are receiving criticism concerning their conduct, Centre’s Beta Theta Pi is proud to model a strand of fraternity life that is built on a strong commitment to their values, community engagement and a genuine desire to enrich their members as students, leaders and men.
“The men of Beta Theta Pi are incredibly honored and excited to have achieved the Chapter Award of Distinction,” Epsilon Chapter President Michael Greathouse ’18 said. “The brothers have worked extremely hard not just the past year but every year since our recolonization in 2010. The award is not only well deserved but a recognition of efforts from every brother.”
“I cannot stress how many individual efforts have led to numerous group achievements over the years,” Greathouse said. “Our culmination of efforts have allowed us to grow and learn as a group, create a strong brotherhood and develop relationships that will last a lifetime.”
Greathouse shared that this award is a recognition of the chapter’s achievements and a reaffirmation that the brothers are striving to achieve their best and can achieve more through each other.
“To be among one of the top five distinguished chapters from over 6,100 eligible is certainly an honor—one the chapter does not take lightly,” he said. “We will take a moment to recognize our achievements, then continue to strive to make a meaningful impact in our own lives and on others in the Centre community.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 2, 2017