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Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Phi Epsilon, pace Monmouth’s Greek award winners

The women of Kappa Kappa Gamma were among the big winners March 31.
Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon came away with the most honors from Monmouth College’s 2017 Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards recognition banquet, held March 31.

The women of Kappa Kappa Gamma received the Outstanding Chapter Operations Award, the highest award a Greek organization may earn at Monmouth College. They also received the Academic Excellence honor, the Greek Week Spirit Award and were recognized for having the Outstanding Chapter Program for their “Our Spheres of Influence” program.

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon were honored for excellence in the categories of Community Service and Philanthropy, Membership Recruitment, Public Relations, and Risk Reduction & Management. They were also the Greek Week Winner among fraternities.

The women of Alpha Xi Delta received the Excellence in Leadership and Educational Development honor, while Pi Beta Phi was the Greek Week Winner among sororities.

Cole Downey ’17 of Geneva, Ill., a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, was named both the Greek Man of the Year and Greek God. It marked the second year in a row he received the Greek Man of the Year honor. Maggie Brundige ’17 of Elburn, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, was named Greek Woman of the Year. Last fall, she was recognized nationally by the Order of Omega for demonstrating high involvement, leadership and academic achievement.

Keynote addresses were given by Downey and by Alpha Xi Delta member Abby Hubbard ’17 of Stronghurst, Ill.

“We accept each other for our flaws and quirks because, in the end, we are a family,” Hubbard said. “We may have different letters on our shirts, but we are all part of the same alphabet.”

Several of Brundige’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters also received honors, including: Jessica Irons ’17 of Abingdon, Ill., Outstanding Chapter President; Kelci Foss ’18 of Mount Morris, Ill., Richard “Doc” Kieft Award for Involvement, Greek Life and Athletics; Mackenzie Whiteside ’17 of Monmouth, Greek Goddess; and Tyler Smith ’20 of Dixon, Ill., Greek Demigoddess. The organization’s adviser, Jennifer Rice ’12, received the Outstanding Adviser honor.

Other awards went to Alpha Xi Delta member Mackenzi Lafferty ’18 of Canton, Ill., Emerging Female Leader; Zeta Beta Tau member Thomas Burkhead ’18 of Addison, Ill., Emerging Male Leader; and Sigma Phi Epsilon member Thomas VanAlstine ’20 of McHenry, Ill., Greek Demigod.

“I was very impressed by the team-building and spirit I saw throughout Greek Week, and I’m excited to begin working with our eight chapters,” said Brandon Hunter, who officially began his duties as the College’s assistant director of fraternity and sorority life on April 1.

The Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards capped off the College’s annual Greek Week, which included several community-service projects: a blood drive collected 62 units of blood; more than 2,000 food items were collected for Monmouth’s Jamieson Community Center; and nearly $1,500 was raised for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and the ARay36 Foundation.