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2017 Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards

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 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 how the night turned out!

Jessica Donahoo, Panhellenic President, and Garth Grimsrud, IFC president, were the announcers for the night. They did a fantastic job!

Dr. Chris Kearns was the Guest Speaker. Dr. Kearns serves as Vice President  for Student Success at Montana State University.   Prior to coming to Montana State, Chris served for 14 years at the University of Minnesota, and for 18 years at Indiana University.  His current projects are designed to advance student success at the intersection land-grant access and academic excellence.

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Academic Excellence Awards were presented by Ed McKenna, Assistant Dean of Students, to the following chapters:

  • Sorority New Member Academic Excellence: Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Fraternity New Member Academic Excellence: Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sorority Academic Excellence: Chi Omega
  • Fraternity Academic Excellence: Sigma Phi Epsilon

Campus Involvement Awards were presented by Brady Bollum, past IFC President, to the following chapters:

  • Sorority Campus Involvement Award: Chi Omega
  • Fraternity Campus Involvement Award: Sigma Phi Epsilon

Philanthropy and Community Service Awards were presented by Dr. Brian Kassar, Senior Staff member at CPS and advisor to SigEp, to the following chapters:

  • Sorority Philanthropy Award: Chi Omega
  • Fraternity Philanthropy Award: Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Sorority Community Service Award: Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Fraternity Community Service Award: Kappa Sigma

Recruitment Excellence Awards were presented by Erin MacDonald, Assistant Dean of Students, to the following chapters:

  • Sorority Membership Recruitment Excellence Award: Pi Beta Phi
  • Fraternity Membership Recruitment Excellence Award: Sigma Chi

Kappa Delta Scholarship presented by Erin Macdonald, Assistant Dean of Students:

  • Jacquelyn Merrill, Chi Omega

Member and New Member of the Year Awards were presented by Laura Wilson, advisor to Alpha Omicron Pi:

  • Sorority Member of the Year: Maria Rodriguez, Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Fraternity Member of the Year: Nathan Rizk, Sigma Nu
  • Sorority New Member of the Year: Adrienne Miller,Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Fraternity New Member of the Year: Todd Lackman, Sigma Phi Epsilon

 Alumni Excellence Awards presented by Jennifer Poser of the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals: 

  • Susie Jessop, Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Jodi Mathews, Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Stephanie White, Chi Omega
  • Amber King, Pi Beta Phi
  • Bill Perry, Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Jerry Krause, Kappa Sigma
  • Glen Steinhoff, Sigma Nu
  • Brad Brown, Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Steve Liebmann, Sigma Phi Epsilon

The Advisor of the Year Awards were presented by Gianna Vanata of the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following Advisors:

  • Sorority Advisor of the Year: Dana Skorupa, advisor to Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Fraternity Advisor of the Year: Todd Eliason, Sigma Nu

Finally, the Most Improved Chapters and Chapter of the Year Awards were presented by Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students:

  • Most Improved Sorority: Pi Beta Phi
  • Most Improved Fraternity: Sigma Chi
  • Sorority of the Year: Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Fraternity of the Year: Sigma Chi

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

 

Exceptional Community Growth

This past year has seen unprecedented growth for Fraternity and Sorority Life. Through hard work during recruitment the community is on the rise.

The sorority community is blossoming as a result of recruitment. The women decided to try hosting formal recruitment on the weekend rather than during the school week in order to decrease class conflicts and promote retention. This choice did just that. The sorority population saw an 18% size increase in the past year and the average chapter size increased from 66 members to 71 members. Through the continued work of Panhellenic Council and the four sororities, this growth will likely continue.

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The fraternity community is also prospering as a result of recruitment. Although the men do not have a formal recruitment process, their recruitment events were equally fruitful this year. The fraternity population saw a 13% increase leading to the average chapter size increasing from 45 members to 52 members. With the help of IFC and the continued collaboration between the seven fraternities, this growth should be sustained.

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In total, the fraternity and sorority community saw a 15% increase in size, the largest growth the community has seen the several years. The community population size has risen to 650 members. This phenomenal community growth would not have been possible without the hard work of Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Erin MacDonald Peck.

Bobcat Homecoming

Homecoming weekend was very exciting for our Fraternity and Sorority community. Many of our houses started off the weekend with barbecues and get-togethers with visiting alumni. In addition to hosting events, all the houses put together floats for the homecoming parade Saturday morning. The themes for the floats were varied but the Bobcat spirit was the same! After attending the parade, the next stop was the homecoming football game!

2015 Homecoming Court

2015 Homecoming Court

This year our Bobcat Homecoming Court had many Fraternity and Sorority members on it. All of the homecoming king candidates were members of fraternities and 3 out of the 4 homecoming queen candidates were members of sororities! Our 2015 Homecoming Court was:

  • Cali Christiansen and Chris Eddlemon (Sigma Chi)
  • Karly Terrell (Chi Omega) and Colt Coffee (Sigma Chi)
  • Shannon Bangen (Chi Omega) and Cody Howell (Sigma Phi Epsilon)
  • Laura Wilson (Alpha Omicron Pi) and John Miller (Pi Kappa Alpha)

We would like to congratulate Cali Christiansen and Chris Eddlemon for being selected as Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King this year!

The Fraternity and Sorority community enjoyed sharing our Bobcat spirit with our alumni and our community this weekend and we can’t wait to do so again!

Ambitious Alumnae

This summer, our alumni have been busy! Several members of Fraternity and Sorority Life have been making significant impacts on their communities and getting recognition for their talent and leadership.

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Sydney Sherick, alumna of Alpha Omicron Pi, was awarded the Collegiate Women of Leadership award at her sorority’s National Conference in Los Angeles this year. The award is given to collegiate women who clearly demonstrate outstanding leadership. In her years as an active member of her sorority, Sydney clearly showed that she lived up to the standards of AOII’s impressive award!

IMG_6774sCheyenne Stirling, alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta, was MSU’s first recipient of a Jerry O’Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship which has been allowing her to research the bat populations in Glacier National Park. Her fieldwork has been focusing on where the bats currently roost and prefer to roost; this will help the park prepare for the arrival of white nose syndrome. For more information about Cheyenne’s award and research, click here.

Fullbright scholar Megan Rothstein. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

Megan Rothstein, also an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta, received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her research on Parkinson’s disease at the University of Bonn’s Institute for Reconstructive Neurobiology in Germany. She was awarded MSU’s first Fulbright research fellowship to Germany in the school’s history! For more information about Megan’s scholarship and research, click here.

These are three examples of the incredible alumni coming from our Fraternity and Sorority community. We can’t wait to see where their careers take them!

Summer Orientation- Learn About Us!

Freshmen orientation is here! If you are looking to learn more about fraternity and sorority life, see us at our “cookies and milk” session, information booth, or panel.

“Cookies and Milk” is on Monday night of orientation at 11:30pm. We provide the cookies and the milk, and chat with you to give you some general information and answer your questions.

We will have a booth at the Community Fair on Tuesday from 1:15-4:35. One sorority member and one fraternity member will be at the booth to talk and answer your questions.

Our panel will be going on at the same time as the Community Fair. Choose us as one of your sessions to hear from a panel of fraternity and sorority members about why they joined, and ask them questions!

Caring About Our Community

Our Sorority Women and Fraternity Men dedicate much of their time and effort to give back to the community. Two great examples:

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon worked with Habitat for Humanity in April and accomplished a great deal on the house they were working to build.

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The men of Kappa Sigma helped the Cancer Support Community by giving a fence the staining it needed!

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The men of Alpha Gamma Rho had no problem heading to Townsend, MT to help a friend at a ranch, or heading to Big Timber, MT to help rebuild a baseball field

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The men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as many of the Fraternities do, hosted a blood drive this spring. No pictures from that, since we don’t want to make anyone squeamish!

The Women of Pi Beta Phi lended a hand at the Montana Ballet Company’s “Carnival of the Animals”

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The men of Kappa Sigma and the women of Alpha Omicron Pi teamed up to get students to “Take the Pledge” to raise awareness of sexual assault on our campus

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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 & 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!

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Pi Kappa Alpha Remembers 9/11

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On the anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in American history, the members of  Pi Kappa Alpha at Montana State University felt that it was important to honor the lives of the nearly 3,000 Americans who were lost thirteen years ago.

So, last Thursday, September 11, the men of Pi Kappa Alpha traveled to two of the Bozeman fire stations to barbecue for the firefighters. The men chose to do this so that they could thank the Bozeman firefighters for their service to the community and pay tribute to the fallen heroes that have served this country.

The firefighters were incredibly appreciative, and the men of Pike felt that this event was so important that they want to continue the tribute for years to come.

What an awesome thing for the men of Pi Kappa Alpha to do; we are lucky to have them as a part of our Fraternity & Sorority Community here at MSU.