Barry McNamara  |  Published October 31, 2022

Fraternities Recognized

Zeta Beta Tau, Phi Delta Theta receive national honors for leadership, efforts to strengthen chapters.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Two Monmouth College fraternities recently brought home several awards from their national organizations.

ZETA BETA TAU: Monmouth chapter was once again a finalist for the prestigious Brummer Cup. ZETA BETA TAU: Monmouth chapter was once again a finalist for the prestigious Brummer Cup.Zeta Beta Tau’s 2022 international conference was held earlier this year in Las Vegas. Monmouth’s Delta Lambda chapter, the Cinderella story winner of the fraternity’s prestigious Brummer Cup in 2021, was once again a finalist for the award, which is presented to the most outstanding chapter in the nation.

“The men of Zeta Beta Tau were elated to be nominated as Brummer Cup finalists for the third year in a row,” said chapter president Owen Mane-Davies ’23 of Plainfield, Illinois.

The men took home three others honors, including the Frauenthal Award for Outstanding Intramural Sport Participation and Performance; the Sid Luckman Award for Outstanding Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics; and the Phil Goodman Award, presented to Mane-Davies for excelling in campus leadership and involvement.

Phi Delta Theta awards

From its General Headquarters, Monmouth’s Illinois Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta received a Bronze Star Award in the Chapter Excellence Award category, which recognizes top-performing chapters based on a list of operational factors during the academic year.

PHI DELTA THETA: Honors for the fraternity recognized its recruitment and retention efforts. PHI DELTA THETA: Honors for the fraternity recognized its recruitment and retention efforts.The Phi Delts also received a pair of Chapter Growth Awards for Improvement in Recruitment and Excellence in New Member Retention. The recruitment honor recognizes chapters that have reported an increase of new members for the academic year compared to their previous year. It also recognizes chapters that fully implement the tools, resources and support that drives a culture of successful recruitment within the chapter.

Retention awards are presented to chapters that have greater than a 90% retention rate in the number of Phikeias to the number of initiated new members. Accurate and timely reporting to national headquarters is required to be eligible for the award.

“We’ve worked hard to better our fraternity in all aspects,” said chapter president Jesus Alvarez ’23 of Chicago. “I’m now a senior, and I can proudly say this fraternity has come a long way from where it was when I first joined my freshman year. Winning these awards as president is an honor, and knowing that we’ve brought the fraternity this far and getting recognized for it is an amazing feeling.”

Alvarez said the Phi Delts have made use of the resources available to improve recruiting, including workshops provided by the national office and the Chapter Advisory Board, which is composed of Monmouth alumni. Keeping the new recruits on board has also been an area of focus.

“Back when we were in rebuild of the fraternity, we looked at how we could improve retention,” said Alvarez. “We had an idea about our Phikeia program. Before, it was an eight-week program. Now, we have cut it in half and have still been successful with the educational portion about the fraternity for the new members.”

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