by TIARA JELLUM, Panhellenic Council Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing
Mankato, Minn.— The Fraternity and Sorority Life Banquet was held in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom Sunday April 15 with attendees braving bad weather to make it to campus for the annual event.
Individual and chapter awards, recognizing organizational and individual excellence, and contributions to both the Fraternity & Sorority Community and the Minnesota State Mankato Community were presented as part of the evening’s program.
Highlights of the evening included the recognition of the Marie Bruce Fraternity Man and Sorority Woman of the Year. This award is the highest honor members of the Fraternity & Sorority Community can individually achieve. This year’s honorees were Alex Beck of Phi Delta Theta and Emily Sweeny of Gamma Phi Beta. Beck, a graduating senior majoring in Sport Management served Phi Delta Theta as both President and Recruitment Chairman. He later served the Interfraternity Council as its Vice President of Conduct Review. He worked as an intern with Minnesota State Athletics and will continue at MSU as a graduate student in the Sport Management program.
Sweeny is graduating with a major in Dance and Sport Management. She served both Gamma Phi Beta Vice President and Panhellenic Council President. She plans to attend Mankato YMCA as a sports camp intern.
John and Kristy Buck Leadership Scholarship Matt McDavid, Phi Kappa Psi, Katelind Keating, Alpha Chi Omega
Reichert Family Leadership Scholarship Kole Kleinschmidt, Phi Delta Theta, Austin Hassebroek, Phi Delta Theta
Stephen C. Jensen Scholarship Sam Hovick Phi Delta Theta Wallace Pope, Phi Delta Theta
Awards for the 2017 Calendar Year Award Period Order of Omega Faculty/Staff Member of the Year
Greg Wilkins, Associate Director of Student Activities
Gea Stanger Memorial Woman of Influence Award Thea Rief, Alumna of Sigma Sigma Sigma
Public Relations & Marketing Award Gamma Phi Beta
Scholars of the Year Brennah McCorkell, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Luke Camden, Sigma Chi
Vawracz Award for Community Service Jolene Fadden, Sigma Sigma Sigma
Humanitarian Chapter of the Year Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta
Outstanding Alumnus Volunteer Tim Randolph, Phi Kappa Psi
Sorority & Fraternity President of the Year Mariah Stein, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Joe Zrucky, Sigma Chi
Rissa Amen-Reif Award for Advocacy and Awareness Zoe Schaefer, Alpha Chi Omega, Courtney Kranz, Alpha Sigma Alpha
PHC & IFC Executive Board Members of the Year Charlotte Pfingsten, 2017 PHC VP of Recruitment Alex Beck, 2017 IFC VP of Conduct Review
Outstanding New Members Kate Schmit, Sigma Sigma Sigma Joel Rains, Lambda Chi Alpha
Marie Bruce Sorority Woman & Fraternity Man of the Year Emily Sweeny, Gamma Phi Beta Alex Beck, Phi Delta Theta
Brotherhood and Sisterhood Awards Gamma Phi Beta Phi Kappa Psi
Most Improved Chapter Award Sigma Chi
Chapter Achievement Awards Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Sigma Sigma Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi
Chapter of the Year Alpha Chi Omega Phi Delta Theta
2018 Greek Week Winners 1st Place – Sigma Nu 2nd Place – Alpha Chi Omega 3rd Place – Sigma Sigma Sigma
For the prestigious title of Chapter of the Year, each chapter was evaluated on different criteria. The categories include Campus Involvement, Community Service and Philanthropy, Greek Community Involvement, Membership Recruitment and Retention, Risk Management, Scholarship, and Membership Education and Development. This award was given to the Phi Delta Theta and the Alpha Chi Omega.
The Minnesota State University, Mankato, Greek Community has been present on campus for more than 50 years and is comprised of approximately 400 students from six fraternities and four sororities. The Community’s core values are leadership