More than 50 percent of Centre College students participate in Greek life, comprised of six fraternities and five sororities, including Kappa Delta, Centre’s newest sorority that is re-establishing their Iota chapter this fall. In the past year, the College’s Greek chapters have collectively contributed 9,900 hours of community service and raised over $123,000 for philanthropy — statistics that have garnered accolades for both individuals and chapters on a national level.
Beta Theta Pi fraternity received the Sisson Award, recognizing excellence in a variety of criteria set out by the general fraternity, including cultivation of the intellect, leadership development and membership education. Only 15 percent of Beta chapters in the country are awarded the Sisson, and Centre’s Epsilon chapter is honored to be a nine-time winner.
“The Epsilon Chapter is proud to receive our third-straight Sisson Award from the General Fraternity,” says Jared Thompson ’17, chapter president. “The Sisson represents the culmination of long hours of work, strategic planning and execution by our executive team and chapter-at-large, and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about having those efforts recognized.”
Delta Delta Delta sorority earned first place as top-fundraiser in the nation among chapters with fewer than 99 members. Centre’s Beta Phi chapter raised over $52,000 in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2015-16, the chapter’s primary philanthropy. Tri Delta’s year-long fundraising on behalf of St. Jude includes a silent auction in the fall, a pancake buffet in the winter and a letter-writing campaign in the spring.
“As a chapter, we are extremely dedicated to fundraise for the children of St. Jude, so when we learned that we were the top fundraiser for our division, we were all very excited,” says Hannah Weinstein ’18, Tri-Delta’s philanthropy chair. “Philanthropy is at the heart of our chapter, and for this academic school year, with the help of our friends, family and the community, we hope to raise even more. Every dollar counts, and I know we will always stay motivated to continue supporting such an outstanding cause.”
Kappa Alpha Theta sorority was honored with a Silver Kite Award in 2016 for exemplifying consistent performance in scholarship, leadership, administration, chapter program and operations, and practicing the widest influence for good throughout the biennium. Centre’s Epsilon Eta chapter was one of only 22 to receive the award nationwide, representing just 16 percent of college chapters eligible for the biennium.
Phi Kappa Tau fraternity achieved Maxwell Status, making them eligible for the highest chapter award bestowed by their national organization. Centre’s Delta chapter ultimately advanced to the Founder’s Four for the Maxwell, designating the chapter among the top-four best PKT chapters in the nation. Chapters are selected for the award based on criteria set forth in The Borradaile Challenge, a series of standards that their chapters and offices have agreed are important to the fraternity’s success, including scholarship, finance and philanthropy, among many others.
Sigma Chi fraternity earned the Peterson Significant Chapter Award. Sponsored annually by the Sigma Chi Foundation, the Peterson Award is the highest honor that the fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter. The award recognizes excellent performance by chapters in all major areas of operation and programming. It also signifies that they are among the top-20 percent of Sigma Chi chapters in the country, and marks the first time Centre’s Zeta Zeta chapter has received that distinction since 1994.
“Our chapter was extremely humbled to be honored with such a prestigious award for our work over the 2015-16 academic year,” says chapter President Dylan Spencer ’17. “To bring the Peterson Significant Chapter Award back to Centre for the first time in 22 years was a wonderful extension of the successes my brothers accomplished this past year.”
Dexter Horne ’16 won the Shideler Award, presented annually to the most outstanding graduating Phi Kappa Tau senior in the nation. 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.
Even after graduation, Centre Greeks are leaving their mark on their chapters and their communities. The Eta Omega Alumnae Association, the alumni association for Centre’s Alpha Delta Pi chapter, won the 3 Diamond Award, the second highest award status that an alumnae chapter can receive.
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by Cindy Long
October 4, 2016