Three UMR fraternities recently received national honors for leadership, scholarship and community service. They are:
- UMR’s Beta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha, which received three awards — the George C. Marshall Award for Chapter Excellence, the Samuel Zenas Ammen Award for Chapter Excellence and the Award for Excellence in Communications — during KA’s National Leadership Institute Aug. 7-9 in Austin, Texas. The Marshall Award is given annually to the top one to three of 134 competing chapters. The Ammen award is given to the top 15 percent of chapters, and with 24 Ammen Awards in its history, UMR’s KA chapter has more than any other KA chapter.
- UMR’s Alpha Kappa Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, which received the Robert Adger Smythe Proficiency Award, the Chapter Excellence Award and the International Workday Participation Award during the Pi Kappa Alpha’s 2004 International Convention, held July 28-Aug. 1 in St. Louis. The Smythe Award is given to the top five percent of Pi Kappa Alpha’s 218 chapters, and the Chapter Excellence Award is given to the top 15 percent of chapters. The UMR chapter had not won a Smythe Award in five years, says chapter president Tom Qualls, a senior civil engineering major from Waterloo, Ill. Qualls credits the chapter’s emphasis on community service during the past year — which included hosting the Special Olympics regional track meet in Rolla — as an important ingredient to the fraternity’s success over the past academic year.
- UMR’s Alpha Iota Chapter of Sigma Pi, which received the Grand Council Award, an honor given to the fraternity’s top 15 chapters, during Sigma Pi’s Convocation held Aug. 4-8 in Chicago. The UMR chapter also won the Grand Chapter Award for being one of the top 25 chapters in the nation. In addition, Robert J. Rogers, a civil engineering student from Wilmington, Mass., was the runner-up for the Michael P. Carey Leadership Award.