Towson University Greek Life rack up national awards

TU fraternities and sororities earn awards for chapter excellence, academics, philanthropy and more

Members of the Towson University chapter of Kappa Sigma pose for a picture during the annual TU Welcome Picnic. Kappa Sigma was one of multiple Greek Life chapters that won national awards over the calendar year.
Members of the Towson University chapter of Kappa Sigma pose for a picture during the annual TU Welcome Picnic. Kappa Sigma was one of multiple Greek Life chapters that won national awards over the calendar year.

With over 2,800 members, Greek life at Towson University continues to be an integral part of TU’s campus community.

Representing more than 15 percent of TU’s undergraduate population, fraternity and sorority members work diligently in the areas of philanthropy, community service and member education.

Through their hard work, Towson University Greek Life organizations and members won several national awards this past summer and during the early part of the fall semester. These include awards for academics, philanthropy, engagement and overall chapter excellence.

“Our students have displayed an intense dedication to their values and it shows through all the recognition they are receiving from their (inter)national offices,” said Matt Lenno, director of fraternity and sorority life at TU. “I am proud that I am able to serve my students in the role as a director, while being able to watch and help them accomplish so many great things.”

Here is a list of organizations and individuals who won national awards this past year.

Alpha Epsilon Pi

The Risk Management Award: Awarded to the chapter/colony that has excelled in reducing risks in its programming. The Towson University chapter was given this award after re-writing its entire constitution and reforming the chapter.

Most Spirited Delegate and Delegation: Awarded after the chapter was the most involved and engaged in the conclave programs.

Alpha Omicron Pi

Ruby Level Standard of Excellence: Awarded after the chapter achieved the highest level in the national organizations’ chapter assessment.

Quota Honor Roll: The chapter met the national quota during formal recruitment.

Strike out Arthritis: Chapter was recognized for holding a “Strike out Arthritis” charity event.

Academic Honor Roll: The TU chapter met the national organization’s academic criteria for the Fall 2015 term.

Total Honor Roll: The TU chapter maintained its total membership numbers.

Initiation Honor Roll: The chapter initiated all members who pledged during the formal recruitment period.

Delta Phi Epsilon

Community Service Cup: The TU chapter showed outstanding community service to their own philanthropies and other fraternities, sororities and outside service.

Excellence in Colony Management Award: Awarded to the TU chapter for its effective leadership team.

Kappa Sigma

The 100% Ritually Proficient Award: Awarded to the chapter because each member has one or more Certificates of Ritual Proficiency.

Chapter Academic Excellence Spring 2015 Academic Term Award

Chapter Academic Excellence Fall 2015 Academic Term Award

Chapter Academic Excellence Spring/Fall 2015 Academic Year Award

Champion Chapter: Awarded to chapters that feature 60 members or more.

Lambda Theta Alpha

Undergraduate Chapter of the Year

Phi Mu

Miracle Maker: Awarded after the chapter showed continued high performance in support and fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Lending a Helping Hand Award: Chapter showed support of extension through helping with the opening of a chapter at a neighboring school.

Phi Sigma Kappa

Zilgitt Leadership Award: Awarded to chapter president Chris Camponella for his leadership.

James S. Whitfield Chapter of Honor award

Phi Sigma Pi

Five Star Conference

Best Regional Conference

Pi Kappa Alpha

Scholarship Plate: Awarded to chapters who maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

100+ Man Chapter: Awarded to chapters who have over 100 members.

Alumni Advisory Board of the Year

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

American Red Cross Fraternity of the Year, 2015-16: Awarded to the TU chapter for going above and beyond for volunteering with the American Red Cross through tabling and volunteering at blood drives.

National Chapter Achievement Award: This award is handed out to chapters that excel in the core fundamental areas of chapter operations.

Theta Chi

USO Service Award: The award is presented to the chapter that commits the highest number of combined service hours to the USO in a given academic year.

USO Fundraising Award: Presented to the chapter that raises the most money for the USO in a given academic year.

Zeta Beta Tau

Recruitment recognition: Awarded to the chapter for its excellence in recruitment

Intramural sports recognition: Awarded for its intramural sports participation

Recruitment Improvement Recognition: Given to the TU chapter for improving its recruitment numbers.

Leonard S. Malmud Recognition: Awarded for its participation in community service projects

Most Outstanding Program or Event with another chapter: Awarded for the event
“Green Light Go.” The event was a partnership with George Washington, the University of Maryland and American University, who held a massive game of “Red Light, Green Light,” to raise awareness of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide.

Zeta Tau Alpha

Zeta Lady: Awarded to TU member Kara Hammersla for representing the all-around epitome of a chapter recruit.

Scholastic Achievement Award: Awarded to TU members Anna Gakill for maintaining a high GPA along with being active inside and out of the chapter.

Crown Chapter: Awarded to the TU chapter for hitting all the criteria set by national organization.

Major Donor: Donating at least $300 in the past year to the national foundation.

Quota/Total and Highly Commendable Scholastic Achievement

Alumnae-Collegiate Relations Silver Award: Give to chapters for programming and activities with alumnae.

Zeta Pride Award: Given to a chapter that has shown both improvements and maintain all aspects of the chapter at a high standard.

Maximum Chapter Size: Awarded to the TU chapter for maintaining its quota.

Academic Achievement Award: Given to the TU chapter for maintaining a 3.0 average over the academic year.

Along with Towson University’s individual chapters, Lenno also received awards from both the Chi Phi and Theta Chi Fraternities’ national organizations. This includes:

The Chi Phi Fraternity Campus Administrator of the Year: Given out at their national convention in Columbus, Ohio. Lenno was nominated by Barbre Berris, director for Greek Life at Kennesaw State, Mike Azarian, executive director of Chi Phi and Towson University students.

Theta Chi Floyd W. Field Award: The Floyd W. Field Award honors outstanding university administrators and faculty including deans of students, Greek advisers and chapter advisers who have made extraordinary efforts toward the enhancement of the Greek movement.

According to Deb Moriarty, vice president of student affairs at Towson University, it is easy to see why TU’s Greek Life has won so many awards with Lenno at the helm.

“In my 12-plus years at Towson University, we have worked hard to bring nationally recognized groups to campus,” Moriarty said. “We also hold those individuals and chapters accountable to uphold the standards and expectations not only of their national organization, but also of our campus.

“During this time, we hired an outstanding director of Greek Life, Matt Lenno, who has formalized our expectations and created programs and initiatives, which hold our students accountable," she added. "Matt has received numerous national recognitions for his work related to hazing and the formation of strong fraternities at Towson University.”