Awards Ceremony 2015: Celebrating the Accomplishments of 2014

Each Spring, we have an awards ceremony celebrating the Fraternity and Sorority chapter and individual accomplishments of the previous year. All of the chapters fill out an awards packet, and then an Awards Committee of seven people go through them and determine which chapters will receive which awards. Current members, alumni, and distinguished faculty and staff attend to announce the awards. Read on to see what the night looked like!

Kenzie Redmond, Panhellenic President, and Colton Coffee, IFC president, were the announcers for the night. They did a fantastic job!

Jim McCray was the Guest Speaker. Mr.McCray is a Montana local and an incredibly successful individual with experience and knowledge in National Fundraising and Development. He has set historic fundraising records in Montana, Kansas, Utah and North Dakota. He spoke to the attendees about what it truly means to represent a fraternity or sorority, and how to get the most out of your experience.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented by Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students, to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi: New Member Academic Achievement award for their new member GPA average of 3.03
  • Chi Omega: Chapter Academic Achievement Award for their chapter GPA of 3.25
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: New Member AND Chapter Academic Achievement Award for their New Member GPA of 3.46 and chapter GPA of 3.4

Campus Involvement Awards were presented by Kelly Hunter, Pi Kappa Alpha Advisor, to the following chapters:

  • Sigma Chi for their dedication to involvement on campus. They are a part of a combined 50 campus organizations in which many of the members hold leadership positions and have hosted a number of events on campus to help raise awareness for different causes.
  • Alpha Omicron Pi for their tireless involvement in the campus community; they attend sporting events as a group, hold a number of leadership positions across campus, and strive to constantly represent and reflect their values.

Philanthropy and Community Service Awards were presented by Ariel Donahue, program manager of the Diversity Awareness Office to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Gamma Delta: Philanthropy Award AND Community Service Award, for their commitment to contributing to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, which provides grants that support individual living with diabetes, gives financial support to members in emergency situations, and funds volunteer and leadership training opportunities. In total the members of AGD contributed a total of 2,500 hours of service to the community.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: Community Service Award for their dedication to contributing over 2,000 hours of service to organizations from the Bozeman Senior Center to Eagle Mount to the Community Cafe
  • Alpha Gamma Rho: Philanthropy Award for their incredibly successful “Testy Fest” every Fall, which raises over $4,000 for charities across Montana

Recruitment Excellence Awards were presented by Rachel Randash, chapter advisor for Chi Omega, to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi: 10 new members Spring of 2014, 23 new members Fall of 2014
  • Pi Kappa Alpha: 6 new members Spring of 2014, 25 new members Fall of 2014

Delta Gamma Scholarship presented by Jaynee Groseth, president Emerita of the MSU Alumni Foundation:

  • Kenzie Redmond, member of Pi Beta Phi and president of Panhellenic, for her passion for becoming a better woman through sorority life

Fraternity New Member of the Year and Fraternity Member of the Year presented by Jaynee Groseth to:

  • Connor Hoffman won the Fraternity New Member of the Year Award. Connor is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and has been a driven and involved member, holding leadership positions in his fraternity and involving himself in the community
  • John Yakawich won Fraternity Member of the Year. John is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and has dedicated his time at MSU to leadership and service within his fraternity and community

Sorority New Member of the Year and Sorority Member of the Year presented by Ray Knox, Chapter Advisor of Alpha Gamma Rho to:

  • Jessica Donahoo won Sorority New Member of the Year for her work to strengthen and improve the bonds in her sorority and in the community however she can
  • Madison Brown won Sorority Member of the Year for her dedication to bettering her community, her chapter, and herself.

Alumni Excellence Awards presented by Gianna Vanata, Associate Director of Development at the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals: Bill Hurlbert (Sigma Nu), Kim Miller (Pi Beta Phi), Kaylee Bradford (Chi Omega), Rachel Randash (Chi Omega), Brad Brown (Sigma Phi Epsilon), Paul Boylan (Sigma Chi)

Advisor of the Year awards presented by Kerry Hanson, Vice President of Alumni Relations at the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals:

  • Kelly Hunter, Advisor for Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Amy Horton, Advisor for Chi Omega

And finally…. FRATERNITY AND SORORITY CHAPTER OF THE YEAR. Presented by Dr. Chris Kearns, Vice President for Student Success to….

  • ALPHA OMICRON PI! The women of Alpha Omicron Pi have shown themselves to be dedicated to success in all areas of sorority life. This award is WELL deserved
  • SIGMA PHI EPSILON! The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon have dedicated themselves to excelling in as many areas as possible, and it has paid off!

And so concluded the Awards Celebration. We look forward to another great year!

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Get Involved!

Looking to get involved on campus? Joining a Fraternity or Sorority may be the perfect way to do it! If you ever go to an MSU involvement fair, check out our booths.

Fraternity Spring Recruitment

Fraternity Spring Recruitment has begun, which really just means the fraternities have been trying to hold events and let students know that they can still join!

This past week, the Fraternities came together and had a bonfire in one of the lots on campus. They invited anyone and everyone interested in joining a Fraternity so that they could get to know the men. From here, most fraternities have individual events to get to know interested men, anything from just hanging out at their house to Kappa Sigma’s annual “car smash”.

Are you interested in joining a fraternity? Sign up on our website: http://www.montana.edu/fslife/fraternities/recruitment-form.html

2015 Leadership Retreat: Starting the Year off Right

2015 is off to a strong start for Sorority & Fraternity Life after the annual Leadership Retreat on Tuesday, January 13th. Presidents from each chapter came together with leaders from IFC and Panhellenic from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to gain skills and knowledge regarding leadership and engage in discussion about their goals for this year. The schedule was as follows:

  • 9:00-10:00: Introductions and opening session by: Jaynee Groseth, President Emerita MSU Alumni Assoc.; Rolf Groseth, MSU Billings Chancellor; and Matt Caires, Dean of Students
  • 10:00-12:00: Strengths Assessment with Amy Snyder, Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch with advisor and faculty guest
  • 1:00-2:00: Guest Speakers- Janell Barber from The Office of Institutional Equity, Hannah Stark and Joe Schumacher from the VOICE Center, and Rachel Randash from The Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success
  • 2:00-3:00: Presidents/ IFC/ Panhellenic goal setting and round table discussion led by Panhellenic President Kenzie Redmond and IFC President Colton Coffee
  • 3:00-4:00: QPR Suicide Training with Brian Kassar

The Fraternity and Sorority Leaders left prepared for and looking forward to a fantastic semester!

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Fraternity & Sorority Alumni Summit

During homecoming weekend, Fraternity and Sorority Alumni from all chapters and years were invited to attend a summit to mingle and listen to speakers talk about their experiences and the progress and importance of Fraternity & Sorority life at MSU today. Alumni reminisced about their fraternal experiences here at Montana State and had the opportunity to reconnect with their brothers and sisters. It was a fun and memorable evening for Fraternity and Sorority members, and a great way to re-engage!

A Helpful Halloween

Alpha Gamma Delta and Chi Omega both spent Halloween night giving back.

Alpha Gamma Delta participated in their annual “Trick or Treat for Change” where they and other Fraternity and Sorority members who wanted to help went door to door collecting change. They raised over $1,600 for Juvenile Diabetes Research and the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. That’s amazing!

Chi Omega had an “Owl-O-Ween” event at their home from 5-7, where treats and activities for the whole family were provided. Such a fun and kind thing to do for the community!

What amazing women our sorority women are, to spend their Halloween night giving back!

Chi O HalloweenPictures of other fun Sorority & Fraternity Halloween Happenings:

Sigma Phi Epsilon Rose Bowl

Sigma Phi Epsilon had their annual “Rose Bowl” this past weekend, a sorority powder-puff game held in the Bobcat Stadium. All ticket sales were donated to their national philanthropy, Big Brother Big Sisters. The sororities love participating in the Rose Bowl, not only because it’s a great cause but also because it’s so much fun!

Last year Chi Omega held the winning title, this year Pi Phi managed to take it. We are excited to find out who it will be next fall!

Homecoming for Fraternity & Sorority Life

Homecoming was a great weekend for Fraternity & Sorority life as always! We showed our bobcat pride on our floats during the “show your vim” homecoming parade, cheered our team on loud and proud from the front rows of the stadium, and supported our members who were running for homecoming king or queen.

Candidates for Homecoming King & Queen are carefully chosen in a long process that started in the spring and that entails many campus groups submitting a candidate, and then those

Ashlyn and Sydney, both running for queen from AOPi

Ashlyn and Sydney, both running for queen from AOPi

candidates doing things such as submitting their activities and being interviewed. Out of the total eight candidates who remained in the running for students to vote on, SIX were from fraternities and sororities. That’s awesome! It shows how dedicated our members are to being active on campus and in the community.

The candidates from FS Life were:

  • Aaron Blaser, president of Kappa Sigma
  • Ashyln Alsberg, Panhellenic president and from Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Jen Marshall, member of Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Lane Nordlund, member of Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Rachel Bradford, member of Chi Omega
  • Sydney Sherick, member of Alpha Omicron Pi

They all made a good run for it, but the winner was….

JEN MARSHALL FOR QUEEN AND LANE NORDLUND FOR KING!

Jen and Lane, Crowned King and Queen

Jen and Lane, Crowned King and Queen

Congratulations to Jen and Lane! We look forward to another great homecoming next year!

The New Member Experience

Being a new member is truly an amazing experience. As you learn about what makes the chapter you joined so important and why the members feel so passionate about Sorority & Fraternity life, you gain a community that will support you and become your MSU family in so many ways.

Later in the semester, you can check back for a post where new members talk about what the experience has been like for them. For now, check out these pictures to get a glimpse!

Community: In House and Out

One of the things we in Fraternity & Sorority Life love the most is how strong the sense of community is.

You have your own small community in the chapter you join, where your brothers or sisters will support you in all that you do and push you to be the best you can. Every Fraternity & Sorority sets aside times during the semester where the whole chapter can spend time together. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lip sync battle, community service, a dinner, or anything else- the point is, you get to spend time all together showing what Sororities & Fraternities feel so strongly about: Sisterhood & Brotherhood.

Outside of your chapter community, there is the greater Fraternity & Sorority Community. Each house is founded off of similar values and the members join for similar reasons, so it makes sense that we would naturally want to spend time with each other. To do this, all of the houses coordinate events throughout the year where they can get to know each other and continue to strengthen their relationships. Having a Fraternity & Sorority community to rely on and who understand what it means to be a part of an organization bigger than yourself is truly an amazing experience.

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