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Elon chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon recognized among nation's best

Elon University's chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has been named one of the best in the nation and was recently recognized by the national organization with the Buchanan Cup, an award that showcases outstanding chapter performance and named for former fraternity grand president Edwin Buchanan.

Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers at the organization's recent national conclave in Phoenix.

This marks the first time the North Carolina Mu chapter at Elon has received the “Buck” Cup, which is bestowed every two years on chapters excelling in all areas of operations and leadership including volunteer support, recruitment, member development, academics, fiscal health and faculty engagement.

As a part of the application process, the chapter noted a number of efforts designed to make it stand out as a high performing chapter among the 240 SigEp chapters across the country.

Attributing to its success, the chapter has highlighted its efforts to encourage members to be involved in other leadership endeavors, and it boasts how students that are involved in organizations such as SIFE, SEED, College Republicans, PSES, PRSSA, WSOE, IFC and many others.

The chapter affirmed its commitment toward philanthropy by teaming up with The Victory Junction Gang, a local NASCAR-themed camp for children with chronic or life-threatening conditions.

“Buchanan Cup-winning chapters are SigEp’s very best," said Brian Warren, SigEp's executive director. "Their members set an example for others to emulate. They challenge us to be better men, to be balanced men. Their work is shifting the stereotypes of fraternity from drinking and parties to development and leadership.”

Sigma Phi Epsilon, established in 1901, is one of the nation’s largest fraternities, with more than 15,000 undergraduates on 240 campuses across the United States. Its mission is building balanced men, which is achieved through a continuous member development program that has contributed to a fraternity-wide GPA of over 3.0, a focus on the principles of Sound Mind and Sound Body, and service learning efforts that allow members to develop leadership skills while giving back to the community.

- Written by William "Bill" Powers '13, vice-president of communication, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

Eric Townsend,
8/19/2011 8:02 PM