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Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter earns multiple honors

Monmouth College’s Illinois Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon brought home several honors from the national fraternity’s Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA) last month in suburban Chicago.

“We are very proud of the chapter’s accomplishments,” said Billy Bernard, assistant director of Greek life, leadership and involvement. “Sig Ep has consistently shown that they are strong leaders on campus and within the Greek community. They set high standards for themselves and hold each other accountable. It was a wonderful opportunity for the members who attended the conference to develop relationships with other Sig Ep chapters nationwide and to showcase their accomplishments at Monmouth College.”

The chapter was represented by 17 members and its faculty adviser, Tom Sargeant, at the professional development conference, which aims to deliver high-caliber officer training. Emphasis is placed on utilizing each officer’s individual strengths to build a complete team. Chapter officers typically leave with a better understanding of their position, as well as a holistic strategy for moving their chapter forward.

CLA also provides the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s chapters, volunteers and brothers. Following are the honors achieved by MC’s Illinois Gamma Chapter:

• The Scholarship Cup, which is presented to chapters that have the highest male fraternity chapter-wide GPA on campus while exceeding the all-campus GPA.

• The Excelsior Award, which is presented to chapters for outstanding improvement in a core area of operation. Monmouth’s chapter was one of four recognized in the Midwest region, thanks to its successful Member Development Program.

• The J. Edward Zollinger Award, which is presented to one senior in each district who epitomizes the fraternity’s Balanced Man Ideal. Alex Holt, a senior from Evanston, received the honor in competition with applicants from the other 10 chapters in Illinois.

• In honor of Holt’s recognition, Cyrus Turner, a sophomore from Reynolds, was designated as a Zollinger Scholar. Turner will receive a scholarship from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Education Foundation in the amount of $500 for his junior year and $500 for his senior year.

• Two of the four individuals from the Midwest presented with the Distinguished Alumnus recognition were Illinois Gamma alumni. Sargent, a 1985 Monmouth graduate and an associate professor of educational studies at his alma mater, and Chicago attorney Brad Nahrstadt ’89, a member of MC’s board of trustees, received the recognition for their devoted service to the organization at the local, regional or national level.

• The chapter also earned Residential Learning Community accreditation in the form of a bronze plaque that will be mounted outside its MC residence.