Fraternity earns prestigious national rankings
The Georgia College Theta Chi chapter received the Chapter Achievement Award and the Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment Award over the summer at the 156th Anniversary Convention in Palm Springs, Calif.
The Chapter Achievement Award is awarded annually to recognize the chapters that demonstrate distinction in organization and operations for the most recent academic year.
The Alter Award was first presented in 1986 in honor of Howard R. Alter, Jr., who served as Theta Chi’s National President from 1962-1966 and Executive Director from 1968-1984.
“It is the second highest award that may be given to a chapter on an annual basis and any number of chapters may receive the award in a given year,” Sean Espinosa, secretary of the GC Theta Chi chapter, said.
“The Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment Award is presented to all chapters that initiate more than 25 men in an academic year,” Espinosa said. This award makes the chapter one of the fastest-growing fraternities on campus.
The winners of the Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment Award were determined based on the number of paid initiates reported to the International Headquarters.
“I am really excited to be a part of this great chapter and to be a part of this achievement. I am also interested in seeing how my role as Marshall assistant will allow me to influence our chapter’s new members,” Austin Lynn, assistant marshall of the chapter, said.
The fraternity has high goals set for their future.
“I would say that one of our biggest goals would be to achieve the Alter Award, which is the most prestigious award a chapter of Theta Chi can receive,” Lynn said.
The Howard R. Alter, Jr., Award is awarded for chapter excellence and only 11 chapters in the country received it in 2012.
“We’ve put in a lot of work the past few semesters, and it’s been great getting rewarded for it. Loss of sleep and hours of brainstorming paid off in the end, and I feel like we’re on a strong path to continue our achievements. Looking back on it all, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in just two years of being a chapter,” said Kevin Tyler, public relations, social and T-shirt chair for Theta Chi.
The GC Chapter of Theta Chi (Iota Xi) was initiated and chartered on April 9, 2011, with 47 founding members. The GC chapter of Theta Chi is one of the fastest chapters to charter in national history; they are also the fastest growing fraternity on the GC campus, doubling the amount of members in under a year. The fraternity’s national philanthropy is The Make a Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children that suffer from potentially fatal illnesses.
“We intend to not slow down. We will improve our scholarship and our hand in the community of Georgia College and Milledgeville,” said Ross Daniel, president of Theta Chi at GC. “We will steady be recruiting and spreading the good word of Theta Chi because we want everyone to know that we are here to help build a better community.”