Thursday, April 17, 2008

E. Illinois Leads Campus

Thanks to Chuck Eberly for this release:
4/18/2008
At the recent Greek Awards Banquet the Illinois Nu Chapter at Eastern Illinois University won numerous individual and chapter awards. The 100 man chapter, in its 16th year since chartering in 1992, has initiated more than 600 men.

SigEp received the Centennial Scholarship Trophy for top fraternity grades for the tenth time in twelve years. The chapter also received a Five Star Award for excellence in all areas of chapter operation (Chapter Operations, Recruitment, Membership Development, Social Programming, and Community Service).

Since all areas of chapter operation exceeded the 80 percent level of proficiency for the Five Star Award, the chapter also received the EIU President's Award for Fraternal Excellence from Dr. William Perry, EIU President. The chapter has received the President's Award two out of the last three years.

Jimmy Friesema, '08, past chapter president, was honored as the 2008 Outstanding Greek Man for his service to the chapter, community, and campus. He was particularly recognized for his educational programming on what it means to be a man, Man, Who are you? Friesema presented an all-campus educational for fraternity chapters on March 27, 2008.

T. J. Tebbe, '08, received the EIU Dr. Charles and Mrs. Sharon Eberly Essence of Greek Values Award for his military service in Iraq. He was also recognized as the Greek Week King, and one of the Top ten Greek Men. There are fourteen IFC and three NPHC men's chapters sheltered at Eastern Illinois.

Levi Bulgar, '09, was also recognized among the Top Ten Greek Men for his service to the campus and community in student government. Later the same evening it was announced that Bulgar was designated President-elect of the Student Body for the 2008-2009 year. Bulgar, an immigrant from Romania, was the subject of an article in the spring 2008 Sigma Phi Epsilon Journal (p. 45) for his efforts to register students to vote in the upcoming U. S. presidential elections.

Adam Gartner, '10, received two Charles "Tight" Carter Awards, one for scholarship with a 3.72 accumulative GPA, and one for Athletics. Gartner was named to the All-Midwest Regional Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in December 2007.

Mike Nowak, '08, was honored for his continuing service to the fraternity / sorority community as a Greek Peer Advisor for the 2007-2008 year. Nowak, a two-year president of IFC, has presented on Values Congruence to NIC Academies in Chicago, Illinois and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Order of the Golden Heart recipient Dr. Charles G. Eberly, Bowling Green State '63, received the Dr. James Price Award for the Outstanding Fraternity Chapter Advisor of the year.

For the third consecutive year, the Illinois Nu Chapter won Greek Sing. The chapter has won Greek Sing 13 of the last 16 years. Including Greek Sing, the chapter won first place in four of seven Greek Week competitions: Big Men's Tugs, Pyramids, and Collegiate Bowl. This was the first time that a Sig Ep Tugs Team has reached the finals of the tugs competition let alone winning the event. As a result, the chapter repeated as winners of the Greek Week competition. The chapter's participation in Greek Week was dedicated to Brother Jesse Mounce, who died unexpectedly on February 8, 2008.