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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!

 

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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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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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:

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.

Community Service: Bobcat Fest

When Bobcat Fest put out word that they were looking for volunteers, Fraternity and Sorority members responded. Instead of attending this fun event put on for the graduating seniors, they opted to help make it run smoothly in whatever spots they were needed. Thank you to the members of AGR, Chi Omega, Sigma Chi, Pi Beta Phi, and Sigma Nu who helped make the Bobcat Fest a success!

Swishes For Wishes

Chi Omega pulled off their annual philanthropy event, Swishes for Wishes, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Check out the pictures below to see the Chi Omega’s at the event (left) and the winning teams from each bracket (right).

Cycle For Life

Pi Kappa Alpha had their second annual Cycle for Life, an event at the gym where individuals can cycle for an hour or more and donate money to blood cancer research in the process. The men of Pike are still counting up the total, but are proud to say it was a huge success overall! Lots of participation and donations from the Fraternity and Sorority as well as campus community. What a great cause!

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Check out what else Pike is up to on their page

Pick Your Philanthropy!

A few of the Fraternities and Sororities are in full gear this time of the semester preparing for their various philanthropies. Check ’em out:

  • Pi Beta Phi Burgers for Benefits: Fuddruckers, April 5th, 6-8pm, raising money for the Pi Beta Phi Friendship Fund. Buy some burgers, play some games, have some fun.

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  • Pi Kappa Alpha Cycle for Life: Raise money while working out for Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Melanoma cancer research. Friday, March 28th, 11am-5pm

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  • Chi Omega Swishes for Wishes: Engage in some friendly competition and fun at the 3v3 basketball tournament, to raise money for Make-A-Wish Montana. Sunday, March 30th!

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  • Word on the street is that Kappa Sigma has something in the works as well- more details to come!

 

Relay For Life 2014

As always, the Fraternities and Sororities spent their Friday night/Saturday morning supporting Relay For Life. Of the groups 19 groups that registered and attended, 9 were fraternity or sorority teams. In total, $12,276 were raised to support the fight against cancer, with the three top fundraising teams being:  Pike Chi (Pike and Chi Omega), Pi Phi, and Sig Ep.

The coordinators of the event this year, Kylie Edwards and Samantha Brandon, also happen to be active sorority members here on campus. Way to represent!

Check out the fun:

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