February 21, 2017
Photo credits to Delta Tau Delta
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The Southeastern Louisiana University men from chapter Epsilon Phi of Delta Tau Delta returned from the Southern Division Conference for a third consecutive year, and are the recipients of the Hugh Shields Award which is given to the top chapters in the nation. The conference took place on February 2-5, 2017, at Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel in Marietta, GA, where the chapter was recognized and awarded for their pursuit of excellence.
The Epsilon Phi chapter was tied at 5th place for the top ten recipients of the Hugh Shields Award which is a prestigious award given annually, that is based on overall performance and programming in the areas of academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni relations. This win would be the 17th time the chapter received the Hugh Shields Award since the founding of the Southeastern chapter in 1969.
Former President Justin Archote said the chapter’s success is due to not only the hard work of every active member over the past year, but also because of the chapter advisor (Gene Pregeant), and the men that came before us that laid the foundation for the chapter to be in the spot it is today. He also said “being a Top Ten chapter and winning a Hugh Shield’s Flag isn’t the primary goal. It’s about working hard and making a difference; The flag is simply recognition.”
The chapter was awarded and acknowledged at the conference for 1st on campus academically, Average GPA above the All Male Average, Average GPA above the All-Fraternity Average, Road Excellence, Outstanding Alumni Service – chapter advisor Gene Pregeant and Outstanding Chapter President – Justin Archote.
The Road Excellence award is a members education award, the Road is a membership education program and is divided into four sections: new member education, recruitment, ritual and member education. It is essentially a road map to graduation as they help guide their men through college. The Epsilon Phi Chapter cumulative grade point average is 3.14 and is the highest fraternity GPA on campus.
The most successful community service project the Delts organized last year was their First Clay Shooting Competition, which raised more than $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They are currently organizing the second Clay Shooting Competition that will be in April.
A total of 797 fraternity and sorority Life members that are active for the spring 2017 semester, 55 of those members make up the men for the Epsilon Phi chapter. The 55 men that make up this fraternity have pledged their commitment to the chapter and to be the face of it. Justin Archote, now second vice president, member educator, and new member educator said that “being a Delt is about being better than you were yesterday and making sure your brothers are doing the same. It’s about joining a group of men who all want to become better men and make an impact in the world. If you’re a young man who wants to work hard, excel in school, serve the community, grow and learn, have fun, and make the most out of your college experience, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not at least checking Delt out.” The Delts are very proud of their fraternity and the values and brothership that it represents, which is the reason for their success.
Justin Archote is confident leaving the chapter after he graduates, as he knows the leadership and understands that “complacency is the enemy of sustained success.” The leadership knows that just to keep repeating what they have done previous years is insufficient and they understand that is not how they will grow or improve. He says that many young men are stepping up and as long as they keep recruiting the right kind of men, success will follow.
The Delts have proved themselves on a national level that they are a fraternity not to be overlooked at Southeastern, as they strive for excellence and to improve both campus and community that surrounds them.
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For more information, contact the Department of Languages and Communication Advising and Research Office, SLU 10719, Hammond, LA 70402, (985)549-5060, email@example.com.
Personal: Kyle Gallagher, Feb. 20 1:38 pm, phone. Department of Student Engagement, Student Union, Room 2307 SLU 10483 Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, La. 70402, (985)549-2120, firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal: Justin Arhcote, Feb. 18-20, email, Hammond, LA., email@example.com
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