The Epsilon Mu chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity at Butler University has received a Chapter Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
Each year, through the Awards of Distinction, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) works to identify fraternity men, organizations, and campuses that are advancing the fraternal movement through creative initiatives, strong academics, educational programming, philanthropy, and leadership engagement.
“This year, we are proud to honor these individuals and chapters for their accomplishments, said Pete Smithhisler, NIC president and CEO. “These awards allow the NIC to recognize outstanding achievement, and this year we were fortunate to have so many nominations of students, alumni, and chapters exemplifying the true purpose of fraternity.”
Specifically, the Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes undergraduate chapters across the country that are highly functioning, in compliance with NIC standards, seeking to educate others about the benefits of a values-based fraternity experience, and working to maintain a healthy relationship with both their interfraternity and national organizations.
The Awards of Distinction selection process starts with a nomination, typically from either a Greek Advisor or organization professional recognizing a standout chapter. In the case of Sigma Nu, a nomination was submitted on behalf of the chapter by a staff member at Sigma Nu’s national headquarters.
“For Sigma Nu at Butler, the committee was impressed by the fact that 100 percent of the men in the fraternity are involved in an organization outside the fraternity,” said Jason Hinson-Nolen, director of campus initiatives at the NIC. “Additionally, 42 percent of the men in Sigma Nu hold a leadership position within an organization.
“These two statistics, combined with the strong academic performance of the chapter, paint a picture of a group of men that are dedicated to success as undergraduates while living the values of their organization.”
Hinson-Nolen also noted ideal Award of Distinction winners would be chapters that are making a difference in their communities through service and philanthropy.
Sigma Nu members hold an annual Day of Service, during which brothers volunteer with a variety of local organizations. In 2013, members served at the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the Lebanon Boys and Girls Club, and the Todd Academy college preparatory program. Additionally, during its weeklong event, Snuperbowl, the chapter raises funds for the youth program U.S. Dream Academy, an organization that seeks to empower at- risk children with academic, social, and values enrichment.
Sigma Nu chapter members expressed excitement about the award.
“We are honored both by the nomination from Sigma Nu Headquarters and the privilege to be recognized by the NIC for our chapter’s success with improving the Greek experience and seeking to educate others about our values-based fraternity,” said Dylan Menefee `16, Sigma Nu public relations chairman.
“Awards like this make us extremely excited to take on more opportunities to continue excellence in and outside of the classroom at Butler.”